We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Virus

Everyone is talking about it, so let's get it out there. The MOA is closely monitoring the current COVID-19 situation and how it affects events such as the National Rally. We are following the guidelines and suggestions set forth by the Center for Disease Control so that we can have a safe, healthy and fun National Rally. We will continue to monitor the situation and work with local health officials in Great Falls to ensure everyone's safety.

In the meantime, please keep yourselves healthy by following these recommendations from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.”

16 Comments

  1. Roger Vreeland

    I’ve had some of my best vacations of my life at the Nat’l rally.
    Thanks to the board of directors+ various chairs for making that happen.
    This stinking virus will pass+ life will go back to ‘normal’ again.

    I trust the board to make the right decision regarding the rally+ Thanks so much for your hard work all year!

  2. We’re taking the same positive attitude in regards to the 49er​ at the end of May.

    Stay healthy, wash and wash again, get tested just in case, cough in YOUR elbow, not your partners, and wash your hands again.

    So we wait and see with cautious optimism

  3. Hans Reumschuessel

    I also think that the rally should not be cancelled. How about putting plenty of hand sanitizers out, perhaps adding extra bathroom facilities to ease the close contacts in the showers and toilets, and working with the local health officials to see what they think is good practice? I’m looking forward to coming!

  4. Walter Maurer

    At least the BMW MOA is being aggressive at notifying members. They are the first (and only at this time) that have sent me a notice about their intentions. Amazing work MOA. You people (as always), are THE BEST!!

  5. We obviously we all need to exercise due diligence here, however I am sure hoping the Rally can come off as scheduled. Being in the business of hand sanitation (see website below) we are keenly aware of the importance of following CDC guidelines and keeping each other safe. Most of our Associates are working from home with just a few of us here to keep orders going out, schools here are closed, and the roads are oddly quiet. Naturally my R1250RT and I are “self isolating” whenever possible, I did a 200 mile loop last evening and did not get off the bike until I fueled it up here at our Farm upon return. Let’s all hope that this will pass in time and we can all enjoy a great trip to Montana!

  6. I am thinking of proposing (am not proposing at the moment) a volunteer team to deliver a free rinse/wash for bike & body at the main rally entrance. We’d need some volunteers, several hoses with nozzles, a water hookup and adequate drainage. This is not to suggest anyone would need a wash and/or rinse, and participation would be voluntary. My apology if this offends anyone.

  7. Bill Wallace

    MOA, it’s time to step up and recognize there’s a pandemic and provide refunds for the seniors who are most susceptible. The administration is forecasting a decline in July/August. Covin 19 is going to be around in June, take care of your members.

    1. Ivan Sandoval

      Pandemic: A pandemic (from Greek πᾶν pan “all” and δῆμος demos “people”) is a disease epidemic that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents, or worldwide. A widespread endemic disease with a stable number of infected people is not a pandemic. Further, flu pandemics generally exclude recurrences of seasonal flu. Throughout history, there have been a number of pandemics of diseases such as smallpox and tuberculosis. One of the most devastating pandemics was the Black Death, which killed an estimated 75–200 million people in the 14th century. Current pandemics include HIV/AIDS and the 2019 coronavirus disease.[1][2] Other notable pandemics include the 1918 influenza pandemic (Spanish flu) and the 2009 flu pandemic (H1N1).

      Umm, can we all just relax a bit? We are NOT EVEN CLOSE to any of the above numbers……

      I, for one, look forward to the Rally and will be going one way or the other.

  8. Rich

    I think that we are not close to those numbers precisely because we know so much better on a global scale how to respond, and we are responding. Countries that have responded well (I opine that the US has not yet) are rebounding well. Those that have not, are not doing well. I agree that we won’t know the score until later in the game. I think that those at risk are entitled to a refund up to some point close to the rally. My own thoughts are that if I need to show up to the rally prepared to take precautions beyond the usual, I won’t show. I prefer to feed my risk needs by riding a motorcycle, SCUBA diving, skydiving, etc. I enjoy risk…don’t enjoy being sick. We typically see a bunch of deaths each year from the “regular” flu, and we are not close to those numbers yet…but my understanding is that this virus has a much higher death /rate/, so if we don’t limit the spread, we’ll see many more deaths. The death rate from the flu runs ~0.001; corona, 50X higher. We would prolly have fewer regular flu cases if we had better health practices in the US. Nonetheless, I don’t criticise Ivan…I just draw my personal line at a different place.

  9. Bruce

    COVID-19 has changed our world. Things will be different going forward. Currently borders are closing and there are questions as to whether Canadians will be allowed to cross our border and return. MOA should seriously be considering the possibility of offering refunds to Canadian members. I also think it would be reasonable for local hotels to relax there existing cancellation policy and allow refunds for accommodations booked prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. Major events are being cancelled in all areas, sports, conferences, and all large gatherings, sadly I believe the rally should be included.

  10. Greg Straub

    There are many unknowns at this point. I am not interesting on speculating about the future in this very uncertain time. I will however offer one thing as set in stone for me personally, in the event our rally is cancelled this year, I DO NOT want nor will I seek a refund of my already paid registration fee. This year’s circumstances almost insure a difficult financial outcome from the rally for the MOA whether it takes place or not. For me, a fee already paid, is money well spent if it helps insure the continued viability and financial health of the MOA even if there is no rally.

  11. I have attended the last 36 national rallies and have plans and reservations for the 2020 rally. HOWEVER, I am not sure I want to risk it since I am obviously in the high risk group. Is it really worth it? There will be people there from all the places in the US with the highest incidence of COVID 19. Please, MOA big shots, think this over very carefully. Do you want to be responsible for illnesses and/or deaths of MOA members? It may stay on your consciences the rest of your lives. If you will cancel the rally, I won’t have to decide whether to go or not. I love the rally. Please keep us updated.

  12. Lee

    “GREAT FALLS — The City of Great Falls has declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) effective March 19, 2020.

    A news release says that State of Emergency is a proactive move to get ahead of contingencies once the virus hits Great Falls.

    Trisha Gardner, the health officer of the City-County Health Department, said that all restaurants in Cascade County will be limited to drive-through, take-out, delivery, and curb-side service only, effective at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 20. The order extends until Friday, March 27, and could be extended. Other businesses ordered to close for the duration of the emergency order include casinos, gyms/fitness centers, bowling alleys, coffee bars, movie theatres, and “other commercial businesses in which people assemble for recreation.”

  13. m.eric.knudsen

    I was planning to hit the rally early as a volunteer then help clean up then head to Banff. Today the most interesting two items came across the safe airwaves. First the olympics were postpone. Second : “it took 65 (not positive) days to reach the first 100k cases. 11 days to reach the second 200k cases, 4 days to reach 300k”. I was extremely lucky to leave San Diego the day before the ban casual trips, hustle back to dc in 3 days. Traffic was light but restaurant were closed. Not the way we like to to travel, please monitor the situation closely! Agree that refunds are in order. Make the call early and explain your justification so we can all plan according. Having a beer 6 feet apart is not socializing. Don’t want to be a buzz kill but want to enjoy, not worry. Show leadership make a rationale decision by early May

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