I am sorry to be writing to you again so soon after the March President's letter. You are all well aware of the public health crisis unfolding almost hourly.
Because of these rapidly changing events, the HBC Board has decided to postpone the May 3rd Spring Banquet. A new date will be chosen once the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health relax restrictions on mass gatherings.
Many bicycle groups are now announcing a suspension of all of their group bicycling events. USA Cycling has recommended races and other gatherings, such as races and group rides be canceled or postponed at least through April 5. I think this is reasonable for HBC as well, although it is not clear yet whether April 5th is too soon. My prediction is that restrictions will last at least 8 weeks or longer. I really hope I am wrong about that. But for now, the Board has recommended that scheduled rides be cancelled until further notice.
This does not mean you shouldn't bike at all. For now, outdoor exercise is not prohibited, as long as social distancing is maintained. So go solo and enjoy the exercise and the stress relief. Looking on the positive side, if you find a new bike route, pass it on and let's get it incorporated into a future scheduled ride. It is always nice to have something to look forward to, right?
Check out links on how to bicycle safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example: https://www.bicycling.com/news/a31469228/cycling-during-coronavirus/ is updated regularly.