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Petition to Governor Newsom, Sonia Y. Angell, MD, MPH, Dr. Christopher Fornitano, Randy Sawyer, Jake Hanson, Brandon Nunes, Wilma Wooten, Dr. Mark Ghaly

Open Pools for Regulated Lap Swimming in California

The pools in California should open for lap swimming by the beginning of June.  Organized swimming is an integral part of our state, and swimming in general provides physical and mental health benefits that are critical for many of our members, especially during the summer. School is out shortly for most counties, and there will be many children who need outlets for safe exercise and participation in a sport that keeps them busy, grounded, and engaged with like-minded athletes and supervised by coaches.  There are also many people, including those with disabilities, for whom swimming is their only safe form of exercise. It has been well established by the CDC that “there is no evidence that Covid-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs.”  Further, the effect of the chlorine does not stop at the water surface.  Swimmers inhale above the water and exhale below, and any breathing that a swimmer does is through the nose or mouth, which have been effectively washed with chlorine.  The majority of swim teams and pools have already planned for the safety of swimmers and coaches by following the CDC, OSHA, and USA Swimming guidelines, including the closure of locker rooms and mandatory social distancing.  There is no shared equipment.  Coaches are available on-site to monitor for compliance.  The risk of transmission is improbable and less so than on a golf course, skate park, or tennis court.  Pools on high school or university properties should be open even if schools are closed for classes.  There is an enormous difference between many students in classrooms in close proximity and fewer kids or adults exercising in an outdoor environment with safety measures in place and supervision.  This petition does not apply to public pools used by families for picnics and water play.  It does not apply to teams that cannot accommodate appropriate distance and safety modifications for various reasons.  It is limited to pools devoted exclusively toward regulated swimming until the health crisis abates.

Madison Blackwell
20,738 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Jay Inslee

Allow Washington State Escape Rooms to open in Phase 2.

We are the Association of Washington State Escape Rooms. We represent almost all Escapes rooms across Washington state (all family-owned businesses). Rewind: Back in March, we were one of the first industries to close down in efforts to "flatten  the curve." Additionally, each business has spent thousands on COVID-19 sanitization materials and staff training. We have tried to work with the governor's office to show how unique our industry is, but recently the guidance we were allowed to follow has been withdrawn. This now pushes escape rooms to phase 4. Many of our members and owners will not survive to phase 4 and we believe we can provide a safe experience for all and a mental health "escape" that is desperately needed in these trying times. We are poised and ready to continue offering the safest possible entertainment experience anywhere. As an escape room business, our members have the ability to control every aspect of the customer experience. All of our businesses have already implemented the following: - Experiences are 100% private. - Group sizes are limited to small numbers and/or household members only.  - Staff and customers are socially distant from one another 100% of the time. - Face coverings are worn by staff and customers 100% of the time. - Have extended periods between groups to thoroughly disinfect everything from the lobbies to the experiences. - GUARANTEE that no customers will EVER come into contact with another group during their stay with us. They will only see our socially distant staff. - Reinvented our waiver system to contactless which can be used for contact tracing if necessary.  - Provide hand sanitizer to every customer. - Fans are encouraged to wash their hands before and after their experiences. - Many members have added additional precautions above and beyond these above.  As small, family-owned businesses, we are able to do proper quality control and monitor every aspect of our processes meticulously. Large box stores, restaurants, indoor gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys, drive-in theaters, etc. can't do this. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Our experiences might disappear forever if the governor's office continues to ignore the uniqueness of our industry and the safe experiences we can provide. Help us send the following messages to Governor Inslee: 1. Escape rooms are a safe, secure, and a much needed venue. They should be allowed to open in Phase 2 of Washington's reopening plan.  2. The Association of Washington State Escape Rooms want to work with Inslee's office to develop specific guidance for escape rooms to follow during this pandemic. 

Association of Washington State Escape Rooms
665 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Raymond Sandelli, John Manning, Frank Mann, Cecil L. Pendergrass, Brian Hamman

Allow Backyard Chickens in Lee County Florida

Backyard Chickens of Lee county is seeking to legalize Urban Chickens (hens only) for Lee county citizens. We strongly believe that the right to food and food security are 2 of the most important issues we face today as a society. : States: Vegetable Gardens; Prohibiting local governments from regulating vegetable gardens on residential properties except as otherwise provided by law; specifying that such regulations are void and unenforceable, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019 Backyard Chickens of Lee county strongly believes that we need to legally have the right to more food security and urban chickens are a way to obtain just that! The City of Fort Myers and the City of Bonita Springs have their own backyard chicken ordinances that allow them if you live in those areas. Backyard Chickens of Lee County,  Hereby petitions the Board of County Commissioners to Amend the Land Use Code to allow backyard chickens in all residential zoned areas of the county.   Lifting the overburdening zoning restrictions on property owners and removing the governments interference on individual food security.   Please sign our petition to support this important cause, and email your county commissioners to tell them that You Support Backyard Chickens in Lee County!  Together we can achieve more freedom and food security!

Heather Scutakes
4,226 supporters