First of all, before I begin I want to state that I have no affiliation with VEX. But I want to provide my own opinion on the matter in regards to making VEX a safe and clean place, allowing competitions to continue to roll through with ease. It is very hard (impossible) to create a solution that benefits everyone, but it is possible to make a solution that benefits most. So here is my suggestion in regards to making VEX a safe and clean place for all competitors:
- When registering before a competition, you must place your robot and tools at your table 4 days in advance to the actual competition. Coronavirus on steel can last a multitude of days, so if we were to make this rule such that teams must place their robots 4 days in advance, then time will be the sterilization to kill off Coronavirus before the event (And this will ultimately save money from unnecessary usages of wipes that wipes are effective based upon how many you use and the surface area wiped, which is rendered far less effective than laying items out unscathed for 4 days).
- Any cutting metal cutting tools are prohibited within competition except tin snips. When cutting, it releases dust which if you inhale you may find yourself with Coronavirus the next day. If we limited it to only tin snips, then we can effectively prevent most parts from flying everywhere or going everywhere. (I know tin snips may cause parts to fly everywhere, thats why you can make a rule that all anticipated cut parts must be held by your hand before you cut it).
- Two drivers instead of three may be on a driving station. When I was driving within the past couple of years, I realized that theres a lot of elbow-touching due to the amount of people within a small area. If we limit the drivers to only two per team, it will likely give people more room to drive.
- Clothing choices. Teams must wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt or hoodie (Recommended white shirts or hoodies to be bleached, as bleach is effective at washing away Coronavirus). By doing this, it makes it harder for you to be touched.
- All members must wear a mask and protective glasses at all times. This includes not just drivers, but mentors, builders, and other students who show up to the competition. Coronavirus can spread into your eyes, which is not good. And if you wear glasses then it will protect you from metal as well as Coronavirus. Masks help you from spreading Coronavirus if you have any and is unaware from it.
- All people who wish to touch their robots must wear surgical gloves, and may only utilize the tools and items they brought four days in advance. By doing this, it prevents you from spreading Coronavirus to other teams while the robot is in competition. This will ultimately make it safer and healthier for all competitors.
- A “Coronavirus-found shut-down rule.” For the health of all people, if a competition has been found to have a member with Coronavirus 2 weeks after the event, all competitions within the region will be postponed for a month, and the team with Coronavirus will be suspended for 2 months, for the sake of ensuring safety of all individuals.
Thoughts? Opinions? I am interested in what responses there will be!