COVID 19 UPDATE FEBRUARY 2021
Update on BCBRA’s Position During COVID-19 Pandemic
The BCBRA continues to monitor news and developments from the BC Center for Disease Control, Public Health Canada, and local health authorities as everyone works to minimize the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The operation of BCBRA-sanctioned competitions falls under the jurisdiction of the competition organizer and they will have the responsibility to determine if their event will be suspended. The BCBRA expects that all current Provincial Health Orders are followed. Please connect directly with the competition organizer for event status, and any concerns or questions you may have.
For race producers there are tools available online such as a risk-informed decision-making model available from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
As Provincial and/or local Health Orders or guidelines allow for competitions to be held the BCBRA recommends adherence to the following guidelines recommended by Equestrian Canada. Participate in events that:
- Are venues within close proximity to your residence;
- Limit out-of-province competitors;
- Restrict free access in stabling areas to only essential personnel (i.e. riders, farriers, vets, officials);
- Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer in common areas, offices, vendors and convenient places throughout the competition grounds;
- Ensure restroom facilities are regularly cleaned and have appropriate hand-washing available;
- Operate without spectators;
- Limit or eliminate social gatherings as recommended by Health Authority;
- Ensure that food services are of the type that limit contamination if offered.
Producers should ensure that anyone experiencing symptoms or having exposure to COVID-19 are not attending races and have appropriate measures in place for refund of fees in these cases.
Remember, these precautions are necessary to ensure that we can all continue to enjoy the sport we love, without endangering our health or the health of others.
The BCBRA Board of Directors
The BCBRA is closely monitoring the news from the BC Center for Disease Control, Public Health Canada, and local health authorities as everyone works to minimize the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic