Effect of COVID-19 on the 2019-20 season

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States which have released announcements about the situation, but have not canceled tournaments in their entirety
Cancellations
States which have canceled some regional tournaments
States which have canceled one division of their state tournament
States which have canceled both divisions of their state tournament
Tournaments Already Held
States which have completed one division of their state tournament
States which have completed both divisions of their state tournament

The outbreak of COVID-19 throughout the United States has affected many tournaments during the 2020 season. Currently, tournaments in Washington, California, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Vermont, and Maryland have been impacted. Many other tournaments have made declarations on the matter.

Timeline

Updates for the latest day are shown first. Please provide a source for any additions.

March 11

  • Oregon releases a statement saying that they are monitoring the situation. No tournaments are currently canceled. Source

March 10

  • Ohio cancels all remaining regional tournaments as well as the Division B and C state finals Source
  • Indiana cancels its state tournament with no possibility of a reschedule. Source
    • This comes after Purdue University, the host for the state tournament, has announced that all events involving external visitors have been suspended until May 2. Source
  • New York announces that the Mid-Hudson and Mid-Western regionals are canceled. Source
  • Maryland cancels its state tournament with there presumably being no rescheduling. This has not been officially confirmed. Source
  • New Jersey successfully hosts its state tournament for both divisions with no award ceremony. Source
  • Florida releases another announcement indicating that the tournament is continuing, although some preventative measures will be taken. Source

March 9

March 8

  • New York announces: Source
    • The Division C state tournament is canceled due to the host venue's request
    • The Division B state tournament is canceled in expectation of a worsening situation
    • The Mid-Hudson and Mid-Western Division B regionals are currently set to take place as scheduled.
    • The Lower Hudson Division B regional is postponed indefinitely
    • NY has informed the national organization that they will not be sending teams to the National Tournament.
  • Pennsylvania cancels the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional for both Division B and Division C. Rescheduling is planned within two months. Source
  • Indiana indicates that the state tournament is scheduled to run as planned. Source

March 7

  • Florida indicates that as of the time of that writing the FL state tournament is planned to take place as scheduled. Source
  • Maine indicates that as of the time of writing, the Maine state tournament is still planned to take place. Source
  • Illinois indicates at the time of writing that all state competitions are planned to take place as scheduled and that they are monitoring the situation. Source

March 6

  • California (South) announces state tournament cancellation after consultation with host. Source
    • Southern California will not reschedule its state tournament and will not send any teams to the 2020 national tournament, according to a statement on March 9 Source
  • North Carolina announces that they are monitoring the situation but at the time of writing have no plans of cancelling the NC state tournament or National Tournament. Source
  • Virginia's state director emails coaches saying that VASO plans to follow UVA policies regarding COVID-19 and the state tournament. Source

March 4

February 28

  • Missouri announces that they are monitoring the situation but at the time of writing the MO state tournament is planned to take place as scheduled. Source

Frequently Asked Questions

Please do not answer questions based on speculation. All claims should be verifiable through a credible source.

Will my state's tournaments be rescheduled?

Each state differs by its response to tournament cancellations. Please check your state's official Science Olympiad website and with your regional or state directors for information about tournaments in your state.

Will the national tournament be canceled?

The national tournament director has stated the tournament is scheduled to take place as planned, but that future changes are possible as COVID-19 continues to spread. Source

Will Northern California receive Southern California's state bid? (or other questions regarding bids of cancelled states)

There is no known answer beyond speculation.