BCBRA Sanctioning Update - September 5, 2020 The date for sanctioning races is September 12, 2020!!
It is the responsibility of the race producer, host and the facility owners and managers to ensure that all BC Health Authority, WorkSafeBC and Local or Facility directives are followed and enforced. The BC Barrel Racing Association is not a regulatory body and it is understood and agreed that sanctioning and approval of a BCBRA race relates to the use of the rule book, qualifications for BCBRA Finals, and BCBRA’s Insurance.
Provincial Health Officer’s (PHO) current mandate is law in BC while there is a Provincial State of Emergency in effect and must be followed. Not doing so may void liability insurance
No one who is ill is permitted to be at a race. Because we are in allergy season, sufferers must ensure any symptoms are well controlled or they may be asked to not participate. To ensure compliance, race producers should refund entries.
Post signage – keep 2 meters apart, wash/sanitize hands frequently, cough/sneeze into sleeve, maximum capacity for areas, etc.
Limit spectators - insist that race is limited to participants only, or a set number of helpers for those riding multiple horses. Ensure that you are monitoring and managing the number of people gathered at your location and that it is within the parameters set by the PHO.
Participant limits – race entries must be capped or managed in time slots to provide for compliance with PHO’s mandate – the person limit includes all personnel required to operate the race – so if you have 10 volunteers, you may only have 40 other people. Understand that if using time slots for controls there should be strict management of number of people and how they can enter/exit the facility.
Risk Assessment for your facility – identify areas that pose a contact hazard. Some examples: washrooms, office, bleachers/seating, water taps in barns, gates, door knobs. This is not an exhaustive list, and each facility will be unique.
Cleaning and sanitizing of common areas often – eliminate use of these areas if possible. Ensure that washroom facilities are cleaned regularly. Supply hand sanitizer or hand washing stations and require they be used before entering any common area.
Eliminate/reduce office contact – entries performed online or by phone, pay fees and winnings by e-transfer or mail cheques.
Sign in sheet – only Non-Members running at a race will be required to sign-in. Ensure appropriate distancing and sanitization of shared materials.
Race Credits – There will no longer be a card to sign, race credits will be managed by the BCBRA. Race Producers will have new requirements for race submissions in order to facilitate this.
Any new memberships must be RECEIVED by BCBRA at least 1 week before the race to be entered.
Office personnel must be able to maintain appropriate distancing from one another. If face to face contact with participants is necessary (sign in, cash) office personnel should be equipped with hand sanitizer and be able to maintain distance – utilize drop box or mark distance with a basket/clipboard for passing paperwork/cash/etc. Participants should also be asked to sanitize hands before entering office or handling any of the office supplies/equipment.
Concession – specific rules are in place for food services and must be followed by the concession provider – race producers need to consider the congregation in the area of the concession. Consider if this is a necessary service to offer at a race to eliminate the risk of this area. Especially of concern if proper handwashing is not available.
Gates/Doorways - Have gates manned for opening and closing by 1 volunteer only reduces contact risk, leave gates open if possible to warm up areas.
Keeping access doors open in indoor arenas or offices will reduce that contact. Place hand sanitizer outside of all doors/gates for use prior to handling gate or doorknobs.
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