December 1, 2020

Covid-19 Resources

Telemark Biathlon RETURN TO SPORT PHASE 3 & COVID-19 GENERAL RULES

For all individuals participating in biathlon (training, workshops, office work, etc.), if you choose to participate, you must follow these rules:

  1. If you don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home.
  2. If you have traveled outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.
  3. If you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home.
  4. Wash your hands before participating.
  5. Bring your own equipment, water bottle and hand sanitizer.
  6. Do not share food or beverages.
  7. Avoid physical contact with others, including shaking hands, high fives, etc.
  8. Leave the field of play or facility as quickly as possible after you finish.

Furthermore:

  1. All individuals must have a current Biathlon BC membership.
  2. All individuals have signed a Participant Agreement acknowledging their acceptance of the risks. 
  3. All individuals must complete a COVID-19 self-assessment, (e.g. using this online self-assessment tool), on a daily basis before arriving.
  4. Coaches and administrators must be familiar with the Illness Policy.
  5. Consider your own risk.  If you are at higher risk of experiencing serious illness from COVID-19, consider limiting or avoiding participation for the time being.
  6. If you start to feel mildly ill while participating, inform the person in charge (e.g., coach), sanitize your hands, go straight home, and complete a COVID-19 self-assessment.  If severely ill (e.g., difficulty breathing, chest pain) have the person call 911.  (And that person should ensure the cleaning and disinfecting of any surfaces that you have come into contact with.) 
  7. If you have any health and safety concerns, inform the person in charge and/or the Biathlon BC office administrator

First Aid

In the event that first aid is required to be administered during an activity, all persons attending to the injured individual must first put on a mask and gloves.  WorkSafe BC has provided a guide for employers and Occupational First Aid Attendants to follow. First aid protocols for an unresponsive person during COVID-19 have been developed by the Canadian Red Cross. The first aid kit is located in the Fort.

Outbreak Plan

If any individual reports they are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 and have been at the workplace/activity place, inform the Coach and/or Biathlon BC office administrator.  They will then execute the following Outbreak Procedure:

  1. Immediately shut down all biathlon program activities.
  2. Club officials must notify Interior Health and Biathlon BC immediately.
  3. All club members and program participants must be notified of the outbreak and agree to follow the direction from Public Health Officials.

Phase 3 Group Training Cohorts

Telemark biathlon will form cohorts among our programs to ensure that there is minimal contact between individuals, while at the same time allowing for more realistic biathlon training to occur. During specific practice activities, 2m physical distancing will not be mandatory, however coaches should strive to plan activities to maintain 2m distance between participants as much as possible.

Warming huts, wax rooms, changing rooms and team vans are examples that not considered part of practice activities because participants are not at these locations while performing sport specific activities. If 2m physical distancing can’t be maintained during these non-sport specific activities, masks should be worn. Telemark biathlon cohorts may include up to 100 people, although only 50 people may be present at one time.

Phase 3 Telemark Group Training Cohorts

  • Coaches should still plan to minimize contact during designated practice activities.
  • Athletes within cohorts are still required 2m physical distancing outside of designated practice activities.
  • Telemark Biathlon programs will be composed of the following cohorts:
    • Biathlon Advanced (Learn to Compete) program registrants
    • Biathlon Development (Train to Train) program registrants
    • Biathlon Bears (all bears) program registrants
    • Recreation Biathlon Registrants

Phase 3 Group Training Protocols (non-range activities)

  1. In addition to below, comply with above General Rules.  
  2. Coaches are to remind all participants of the rules at the beginning of each day.
  3. Outdoor activities are best, and are structured so physical distancing of 2m is maintained.
  4. Sanitation supplies are available as needed, or participants are informed if they are required to bring their own. 
  5. The maximum group size is 50, but realistically needs to be smaller for effective/safe group training.
  6. A record of participants is maintained.
  7. If indoor facilities are used (e.g., gym), follow all additional facility directives in place.
  8. Sharing equipment is to be avoided.  If exercise equipment must be shared (e.g., training surfaces, balls, weights etc.), it should only be done within a cohort. 
  9. Any shared equipment must be cleaned/disinfected at the end of each practice, or if used by a different cohort.  
  10. Group transportation (e.g. Car Shuttles) is not encouraged
  11. Masks and gloves are available in case first-aid is required.  Coaches have trained themselves on the proper use of masks.  
  12. Coaches should ensure adequate supervision so that rules are followed, with reminders as needed.
  13. Any training camps should comply with Biathlon BC’s Phase 3 Training Camp Protocols.
  14. Any travel to away events (races, camps etc.), should Comply with Biathlon BC’s Phase 3 Travel Protocols.

Phase 3 Group Training Protocols (range activities)

  1. In addition to below, comply with above General Rules.  
  2. In addition to below, comply with above Phase 3 Group Training (non – range activities) Protocols.
  3. Shooting mats, lanes, target reset boxes/ropes and rifle racks may be shared within cohorts, but efforts should be made to assign one to each individual for the duration of practice. This equipment must be cleaned/disinfected after each session, and before use by a different cohort. Individuals may choose not to share racks/mats.
  4. Equipment that touches an individual’s face such as spotting scopes and rifles is assigned to one individual for the duration of a session. This equipment must be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected at the end of a session, or before a different individual is permitted to use it. 
  5. Designated times for set-up and teardown should be implemented as necessary to avoid groups or cohorts from overlapping.
  6. These recommendations also apply to any dryfiring activities.

Phase 3 Training Facilities/Operations Protocols

  1. All Telemark Nordic Club’s protocols for use of the facilities (e.g.: clubhouses, shooting ranges, equipment rooms, flex rooms, wax rooms, washrooms etc.) are followed. 
  2. Physical distancing (2m) must remain in place at all times within the facility. If this is not possible, masks should be worn.
  3. The Fort must have COVID-19 safety protocol signage in place.
  4. Masks must be worn inside the Fort if more than 1 person is inside. A Maximum of 3 people are allowed in the fort at one time.
  5. Only 1 person at a time is allowed in the Shed and Hut.
  6. All common touchpoints in the Fort, Shed and Hut (e.g., door handles, light switches, workstations etc.) are disinfected after each practice.
  7. Cleaning frequency is documented in a log.
  8. Hand sanitizer stations are provided for participants in multiple locations.
  9. Group sizes do not exceed 50 individuals.
  10. Communal sitting areas are avoided or sanitized between uses.

A maximum of 3 people, wearing masks, will be permitted inside the “Fort” at one time. Only one person is permitted inside the “Hut” and “Shed” at one time.

All club activities abide by local directives, including, but not limited to AGMs, Board Meetings, fundraisers, facility rentals and events

ILLNESS POLICY

In this policy, “Team member” includes an employee, coach, volunteer, participant or parent/spectator. 

  1. Inform an individual in a position of authority (e.g., coach) immediately if, you feel any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite.  
  2. Assessment
    1. Team members must complete the online self-assessment tool each morning before their activity to attest that they are not feeling any of the COVID 19 symptoms.
    2. Coaches/Managers may visually monitor team members to assess any early warning signs as to the status of their health and to touch base on how they are regarding their personal safety throughout the activity.
  3. If a Team Member is feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms
    1. They should remain at home and contact Health Link BC at 8-1-1.
    2. If they feel sick and /or are showing symptoms during the activity, they should be sent home immediately and contact 8-1-1 or a doctor for further guidance.
    3. No Team Member may participate in an activity if they are symptomatic. 
  4. If a Team Member tests positive for COVID-19
    1. Follow the directions of Public Health Officials.
  5. If a Team Member has been tested and is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 Test
    1. Follow the directions of Public Health Officials.
  6. Quarantine or Self-Isolate if:
    1. You have travelled outside of Canada or the province within the last 14 days.
    2. You have come into close contact with someone who has tested (+) for COVID-19.
    3. You have been advised to do so by Public Health Officials.