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City of Reno cancels Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games

Post Date:07/23/2020 2:10 PM

Due to the latest regional, state and federal guidance related to COVID-19, the City of Reno’s Parks and Recreation department has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games. The Games would have occurred next month, August 2020.

  • Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention: Among adults, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk.
  • The Regional COVID-19 Incident Management Team in Washoe County is supporting and implementing White House Coronavirus Task Force recommendations by limiting social gatherings to 25 people or fewer.
  • As of yesterday, July 22, there have been 105 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County. 96 of those deaths (or 91 percent) have been in the 50 or older age group. Senior Games is normally open to athletes 50 or older.
  • According to the CDC, eight out of 10 COVID-19 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 or older.

“Our top priority is the safety of participants and employees,” said Jaime Schroeder, City of Reno Parks and Recreation Director. “Unfortunately, it's just not prudent to hold this event during a pandemic. We know our seniors very much look forward to this community event every summer. On a positive note, we’re still looking forward to putting on the Winter Games in January 2021.”

The City of Reno would like to remind all age groups that limited recreational opportunities are currently available, as some facilities and amenities are open, including pools. For more information, visit Reno.gov/ParksandRec.

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