With COVID-19 still ravaging our state, Cowlitz County's application to move into Phase 3 has not yet been approved by the state of Washington, and as such, the ERCU Board of Directors this morning voted to again postpone the beginning of the 2020 season.
As such, the Champion Spark Plug Regatta (Saturday, June 27) and the Jack Regas Memorial (Sunday, June 28), will NOT be held this weekend.
Cowlitz County - the home to Longview - was eligible to apply for a move to Phase 3 on Friday, June 12, but a spike in COVID-19 cases delayed that application until the following week. And even when the application did go in, it was for a "modified phase 3" which would have allowed for outdoor gatherings of 25 or fewer (which we probably could have managed). The problem was that even a "modified phase 3" would have not allowed for the opening of the park's public restrooms. And portable toilets are not allowed in parks until full phase 3.
As of this morning (Wednesday, June 24), the state had still not approved Cowlitz County's application to move ahead in its phase of reopening. Without access to restrooms of any sort at the race site, the board's decision was that it did not make sense, nor would it be safe/healthy, to try and conduct the races set for June 27-28 at Lake Sacajawea Park.
We have paid for the dates at Longview, so we will try and reschedule them at a later date, when Pandemic conditions allow us to do so safely.
With Thurston County's eligibility to apply for phase 3 coming later this week, we're still hopeful that a start to the season on Saturday, July 11 at Woodland Creek Park in Lacey can happen. Please stay tuned to your email, this website and ERCU's social media for details as they are available.
Thank you for your patience and your understanding.