To the Crowns and Kingdom Seneschals of the Known World
From the Board of Directors, Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
The Board continues to monitor the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) spread across the world. Given the suggestions by various health organizations, including the CDC and Public Health England the Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc. recommends that all Kingdoms cancel, suspend or postpone all events, practices, meetings, and other SCA sponsored in-person activities through April 30, 2020.
The SCA is a Kingdom-based organization. The various Kingdoms have state, provincial and national governments either recommending or mandating responses to COVID-19. The Board asks that the Kingdom leadership follow the recommendations of the governments of the modern areas making up that Kingdom.
The Board recognizes that many Kingdoms have their Coronations and/or Crown tournaments in April and that canceling these events may cause a hardship. The Kingdom Seneschals should discuss this with the Society Seneschal for recommendations and suggestions. In addition, with every Kingdom being affected, the other Kingdom Seneschals may have advice and recommendations for you. The SCA may need to waive part of Corpora for these suggestions and recommendations to be put into place, and the Society Seneschal stands ready to issue waivers as necessary and appropriate, recognizing that some plans may need refining before a waiver could be issued. This is an unprecedented situation. The Board continues to monitor the responses and will assist Kingdoms as it can. At this time, the Board’s closure recommendations are just that, recommendations. It may be necessary in the future for the appropriate Corporate and Society officers to require postponing all SCA functions, but we are not there, yet.
Response from Master Illadore de Bedagrayne, Æthelmearc Kingdom Seneschale:
Dear Æthelmearc –
First off, remember United We Stand, Divided We Fall. Also – Wash your hands. Be kind.
Obviously, things are moving somewhat fast. The most important thing you can do is remember to follow the guidance of your local health officials. If they tell you to stay home, then stay home. Be safe. All of you are the best part of Æthelmearc .
I have seen the missives from the Board of Directors and I am in contact with the Royalty and the Society Seneschal. We’re discussing what to do next. I am going to ask for a bit of patience while we work through a few a things. As always, if you have questions, please contact me directly and we will help you.
I am also terribly excited to see all of the online discussions, classes, get togethers. Please keep that up. We are trying to work on a few technical solutions too – but again, please give us a bit of time to get things going.