On Thursday, 26 March 2022, the LETR International Executive Council met (by videoconference) to discuss a number of important issues that had arisen in the past month.
Amongst those points of discussion was the question of whether we (the Council) should publish advice or guidance to LETR Programs about how best to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are living in a rapidly changing environment, with the obvious risk being that any specific advice provided today could well be redundant tomorrow, given the pace of the pandemic and the reactions and responses of governments in the many countries that the Law Enforcement Torch Run operate.
Whilst the council cannot ‘instruct’ programs, we recommend that all LETR activities should now be postponed or cancelled for the foreseeable future. We are heading into uncharted waters with no real understanding or expectation as to when life may return to normal. What we need to ensure is that that we align with the edicts and wishes of Special Olympics and seek to protect both our athletes and ourselves
Even though our normal ways of doing LETR activities are forced to change for the foreseeable future, what doesn’t change is the fact that under normal circumstances our athletes were already some of the most vulnerable and socially isolated members of our communities. It’s incredibly important for us to remember this and realise that the LETR still has an important role to play in keeping people connected, active and healthy.
We simply need to readjust our focus and to look at both what we can do in the current environment and how we can do it. Even the simplest act of communication, reaching out on social media to an athlete or club, can provide a meaningful and much needed point of contact and demonstrate positivity.