Based on the incredible progress the Biden administration has made on vaccine production and distribution, we are confident we’ll all be able to make this Summit the high-energy event we all envision and expect. It’s hard to tamp down the enthusiasm of this family! 

But as with any public health risk, especially one of COVID-19’s magnitude, we also want to be as clear as possible about what is necessary to ensure our collective safety, which of course includes South Benders and any member of the public we come into contact with during the journey. 

As you know, the underlying guide for Barnstormers is Pete’s Rules Of The Road. We have and always will take them very seriously. As safety is our number one priority for any Barnstormers event, we have to highlight five ROTR in particular: Respect, Truth, Teamwork, Responsibility and Discipline.

Because of our respect for the health and safety of others, we all agree to follow the rules. 

It’s all of our responsibility to follow the CDC Guidelines, which you can find here. The CDC will continue to update them as conditions evolve. 

It takes teamwork to ensure each other’s health and that’s what we’re asking of each and every participant at this event.  And the truth is that we as a nation will not move beyond this pandemic unless we follow the science and embrace it — and get vaccinated.  

We have seen first hand how Pete has followed the COVID Rules of the Road for protecting ourselves, our families and friends, and our wider community.  In coming to Pete’s hometown, we need to be good citizens and guests and protect each other and the wider South Bend community, In Indiana, there is strong evidence that vaccinations are working to keep the public safe as you can see in the accompanying chart provided.  So let’s make sure we help keep up the momentum! 

Current CDC guidelines state that if you are vaccinated, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. In places where masks are no long required, as a vaccinated person, it is a personal decision for each Barnstormer whether or not you'd prefer to wear a mask anyway, and know that whatever your choice, you will be supported and respected for that decision in this community.  

As a practical matter, anyone planning to attend the Soulcraft Summit needs to have begun the vaccination process by June 15 for the Moderna vaccine, June 22 for the Pfizer vaccine, and July 13 for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

Because we are all predisposed to taking action, please sign up for the US Health and Human Services COVID-19 Community Corps to help as many people as possible get their vaccinations promptly. 

Stay tuned for updates on any changes to CDC guidelines and for details about the Summit’s activities. We’re so excited to see everyone and start turning up the energy in preparation for 2022 and beyond!