COVID-19 Update

Official NAM COVID-19 Action Plan

Updated: July 3, 2020

The changes and updates listed below only apply to states directed by Matt Leverton: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. I am dedicated to the safety of my customers and staff. I am sweating every detail and want to make decisions and changes that are measured and purposeful.

Thanks,

Matt Leverton, State Director

Changes To Pageant Procedures

I am thinking through every detail to make sure the state pageant is produced in a safe manner. Here are a few of the changes that will happen this year for all states that I direct.

In response to COVID, if you wish, we are now allowing contestants, for any reason, to move their accounts to next year and apply all payments to next year’s pageant. You will automatically be informed of next year’s pageant around January of next year. If you would like to put your account on hold and mark it for next year, please email the office.

Formal Wear: In the past, we had dads volunteer to escort contestants who didn’t have one. This year each contestant will be required to have her own escort. This can be her mom, sister, aunt, dad, brother, grandfather, grandmother. Anyone can be her escort, male or female, as long as they are a member of her family.

Personal Introduction: When you learned personal introduction the microphone was passed back and forth. This year, we will put the microphone in a stand and the queen will adjust the height for each girl.

Interview: Interview will be in a bigger room that so that when you sit with each judge, there will be enough room for social distancing.

Audience Size: Depending the state and the size of the ballroom, there may be some limits on the size of the audience. I want to have enough space that each family has enough room to social distance while watching an event.

Check-In & Magazine #3: I put all the forms that you turn for check-in online. They are editable PDFs so that you can fill them out and print them at home. (http://www.namforms.com/forms/). We will limit the number of people that you come in contact with at pageant check-in.

Lineup: The floor in the ballroom will be marked with X’s so that when contestants lineup, they will be distanced from each other.

Sanitizing: Table tops, door handles, common surfaces, etc. will be sanitized by the hotel staff on a regular basis throughout the event.

North/South Carolina

North/South Carolina: The North and South Carolina pageant has moved venues and dates as a result of COVID-19. It isn’t clear if state officials will legally permit events of our size to take place by our original date, so we were required to reschedule the Carolina State Pageant.

All Ages: Aug. 28-30, 2020
Embassy Suites – Concord
5400 John Q. Hammons Dr NW
Concord, NC 28027

HOTEL UPDATE 5/18/2020: The guest sleeping room block is now open. Follow this link to make a reservation at the Embassy Suites

If you had an existing reservation at the old hotel, Hilton is automatically move your reservation to the new date at the new hotel. Your reservation number will change and a confirmation will be emailed to the email address that you put on file when you made your original reservation. Please allow 72 hours from today (5/18/2020) for this update to take place. You will be able to confirm that your reservation was updated by contacting Hilton reservations at 1-800-774-1500.

Schedules Here

New Deadlines for North and South Carolina Contestants:
Optional Contest Payment Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2020
Yearbook Picture Upload Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2020
Spotlight Ads Submission & Payment Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2020

Re-activating your account: If you have requested that your account be marked for “next year” and would like to have your account re-activated for the 2020 pageant, please contact the state pageant office.

Georgia

Georgia: The Georgia pageant is proceeding as scheduled. In order to have enough room to social distance in the ballroom, there will be a limit of FIVE guests per contestant. At pageant check-in each contestant will receive three color-coded wrist bands that with allow their family/friends enter the meeting space.

Click here to see the Georgia Pageant COVID action-plan

Kentucky/Tennessee

Click here to see the Kentucky/Tennessee Pageant COVID action-plan

Kentucky/Tennessee: The pageant is proceeding as scheduled. In order to have enough room to social distance in the ballroom, there will be a limit of FIVE guests per contestant. At pageant check-in each contestant will receive five color-coded wrist bands that with allow their family/friends enter the meeting space.

Click here to see the Kentucky/Tennessee Pageant COVID action-plan

Ohio

Click here for the Ohio COVID action-plan

The state of Ohio has set a limit of 300 for an event. When this regulation was released, I thought it meant that one ballroom could not have more than 300 people present; that we could have 300 people in a ballroom and another 200 in a different ballroom; this is not the case. The state has clarified the regulation and we are allowed 300 people max for the entire event across all the meeting space.

Rather than postponing the event, we are going to get creative with the schedule so that no more than 2 age divisions are on property at the event and any give time. The dates below reflect the new event dates for each age division

GREAT NEWS: The hotel has agreed to lower the room rate as well down to $139 per night. If you already have an existing reservation, they will adjust rate automatically. If you have an existing reservation and need to change your arrival or departure date, please call the hotel at (614) 463-1234. If you do not yet have a reservation click here.

Pre-Teen – All Events:
Tue.-Wed. (July 28-29)
Limit 5 guests per contestant

Princess & Jr. Pre-Teen – All Events
Thu.-Fri. (July 30 -31)
Limit 3 guests per contestant

Jr. Teen & Teen – All Events
Sat.-Sun. (Aug. 1-2)
Limit 2 guests per contestant

Updated schedules
Princess
Jr. Pre-Teen
Pre-Teen
Jr. Teen
Teen

Thank you so much for your understanding during these unique times.