Orienteering Events and Covid 19 – March 16 Update

COVID-19 IMPACT ON ORIENTEERING EVENTS – PARTICIPANT GUIDELINES FOR VICTORIAN PARK STREET EVENTS  March 15 2020                                                                                          

Orienteering Australia has shared guidance on conduct of orienteering events with States and clubs. Orienteering Victoria has adopted the competition guidelines below, and we have already posted them on our website and Facebook page.  These guidelines take effect at all Park Street events from Monday March 16 2020, until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and follow guidance provided by OA for safe and responsible conduct of events.  We expect conditions to change quickly, and will be ready to respond and communicate accordingly. We strongly encourage you to visit the OV website regularly (www.vicorienteering.asn.au) for updates.

Victorian Park Street events

Fixtured events will continue as normal unless/until we are advised otherwise, or unless landowners withdraw permission.

However, the Awards Night and BBQ on Wednesday April 1 will not go ahead; instead we will have a short informal prizegiving (series certificates and Championship medallions) immediately following the event.  The dinner planned for Tuesday March 24 will also not proceed.

Guidelines for competitors

You must not come to any Australian orienteering event or activity if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • If you are unwell with a cough or fever or other respiratory symptoms. This is particularly so for people who have recently travelled from overseas.
  • If you have been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 until 14 days after having contact with a confirmed case even if they are completely symptom free.
  • If you have returned from or transited through a listed higher risk country (currently mainland China, Iran, Italy, South Korea), until 14 days after leaving the country.
  • If you are undergoing COVID-19 testing until you have received your results.
  • If you have been advised to stay at home by a health professional.

Precautions at Victorian Park Street events

  • Follow good hygiene practices, and provide your own hand sanitiser*
  • No catering provided or food for sharing with others to be brought. BYO drinks, snacks, cups etc
  • No presentations, or results displays at events
  • Maps will be placed on a table for competitors to pick up individually, rather than being handed out
  • Volunteers on the finish table, and scorers, will wear gloves when handling control cards
  • Briefings will be kept to a minimum.  Participants should register quickly and move away from the table while they wait for the start

** It is currently not practicable for event organisers to provide hand sanitiser or other protective measures for individual participants. Volunteers handling multiple control cards will be provided with gloves.

Debbie Dodd; Margi Freemantle

Orienteering Victoria Park Street Committee Co-Chairs

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