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SCA Activities Suspended (until May)

Good afternoon everyone,

The Barony of the Cleftlands is, effective immediately, suspending all activities in order to comply with the directive of the Crown and Curia of the Middle Kingdom. There will be no Meetings, Events, or Practices from now through the end of April.

We look forward to seeing you once this temporary hold on our activities comes to an end.

If you have any questions you may email me anytime. I appreciate your understanding.
Below is a message from the Middle Kingdom Seneschal. Please read the message in its entirety.

Thank you,

Cadfan of Cleftlands, APF CDB
Seneschal
Barony of the Cleftlands

Here follows the words of Master Cerridwen, Kingdom Seneschal:

Dear Children of the Dragon,

In these troubled times we seek to do our best to protect and defend.  Sometimes that means making difficult decisions for the health and safety of those that need it most.  Thus on behalf of the Crown and the Great Officers of State, hear and know the following:

• Gulf Wars has been officially cancelled.
• All events (weekend events, business meetings, and practices, etc.) are hereby cancelled, effective immediately through the end of March (updated to April).  We will evaluate the situation at the end of March to determine the next appropriate steps.

Pre-registration of events through PayPal will be disable until further notice.  It is recommended that local branches stop offering a pre-registration option to avoid potential issues with refunds due to cancelled events or requests due to illness.  To help ease the potential impact of these decisions, the Middle Kingdom will be making the following financial policy changes:

For local branches hosting events, the Middle Kingdom will assist local groups who provide site refunds to individuals who request one due to them or a family member being ill.  Such requests would have to occur on or before the event.  Policy to be re-evaluated in 60 days.

Local groups forced to cancel the use of a venue by government, venue, the Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. or by the Middle Kingdom:  If the venue does not offer a full refund of the deposit and the forfeiture of the deposit would result in the group having a balance of less than $500 in their account, the Kingdom will assist to ensure a minimum of $500 remains in the group’s accounts for ordinary operational costs.  Policy to be re-evaluated in 30 days.

It saddens us that we must make such decisions and know they are not made lightly.

You may find the most current, official, word at the following sites:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/
Ohio:  https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home
Indiana:  http://www.state.in.us/isdh/
Illinois:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
Kentucky:  https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx
Michigan:  https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs
Iowa:  https://idph.iowa.gov/
Ontario: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/

Remember, PROTECT YOUR FRIENDS, WASH THY HANDS!  The plague was so 1347!

Yours in Service,
Master Cerridwen verch Ioreword
Middle Kingdom Seneschal