PRASC Return To Swimming Guidelines
COVID-19 AND TRANSMISSION
COVID-19 is transmitted via liquid droplets when a person coughs or sneezes and potentially when they are talking in very close proximity to another person. The virus in these droplets can enter the body of another person when that person breathes in the droplets or when the droplets touch the eyes, nose or throat of that person. This requires you to be in close contact – less than the so-called physical distancing of two meters. This is referred to as ‘droplet’ transmission and is believed to be the primary way COVID-19 is transmitted. COVID-19 can also be transmitted through droplets in the environment if someone touches a contaminated area and then touches their face without cleaning their hands. The virus does not enter the body through the skin, it enters through the eyes, nose or mouth when the person touches their face. Unfortunately, human beings touch their faces very often throughout the day, much more than they realize. This is why regular handwashing and cleaning of high-touch surfaces is so important. For COVID-19 there are some emerging indications that there are people who can shed COVID-19 virus 24 to 48 hours prior to symptom onset, but at present, it is not known whether this is a significant risk for transmission. Droplet transmission is much more likely when in close contact in an indoor setting. Transmission is less likely in an outdoor setting, where there is more space for people to keep physically distanced. However, in the context of swimming, even swimming in an outdoor pool does not reduce the proximal nature of lane density and training patterns. It is well established that children are important drivers of influenza virus transmission in the community; for the COVID-19 virus, initial data indicates that children are less affected than adults and that clinical rates in the 0-19 age group are low. Further preliminary data from household transmission studies in China suggest that children are infected from adults, rather than vice versa. This is an important consideration but is an area in which the evidentiary base will continue to develop. (“Key Steps to Safely Operating Your Business or Organization and Reducing COVID-19 Transmission”, BC Government)
SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. These symptoms include 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. People infected with COVID-19 may experience little or no symptoms, with illness ranging from mild to severe. Some people are more vulnerable to developing severe illness or complications from COVID-19, including older people, those with compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions.
PRASC ILLNESS POLICY
In this policy “member” includes an employee, volunteer, participant or parent/ spectator.
- Inform an individual in a position of authority (coach, team manager) 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.
- Members must respond to a pre-training oral questionnaire before their practice/ activity to attest that they are not feeling any of the COVID 19 symptoms.
- Coaches will 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 practice/ activity.
- If members are unsure, please have them use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool BC Support App self-assessment tool.
- If a member is feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms:
- They should remain at home and contact Health Link BC at 8-1-1.
- If they feel sick and/or are showing symptoms while at practice they should be sent home immediately and have them contact 8-1-1 or a doctor for further guidance.
- NO member may participate in a practice/activity if they are symptomatic.
- If a member tests positive for COVID-19:
- The member will not be permitted to return to practice until they are free of the COVID-19 virus.
- Any member who worked / practiced closely with the infected member will also be removed from club activity for at least 14 days.
- Ensure work / practice area is closed off, cleaned and disinfected immediately and any surfaces that could have potentially be infected/ touched.
- If a member has been tested and is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test:
- As with the confirmed case, the member must be removed from the work / practice area.
- The BCCDC advises that any person who has even mild symptoms to stay home and call 8-1-1.
- Other members who may have been exposed will be informed and removed from the work / practice for at least 14 days or until the diagnosis of COVID-19 is ruled out by health authorities.
- The works / practice space will be closed off, cleaned, and disinfected immediately and any other surfaces that could have been potentially infected/ touched.
- If a member has come in to contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19:
- Members must advise their employer/ coach if they reasonably believe they have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Once the contact is confirmed, the member will be removed from the workplace/ practice for at least 14 days or as otherwise directed by public health authorities. Members who may have come into close contact with the member will also be removed from the workplace for at least 14 days.
- The workspace/ activity area will be closed off, cleaned, and disinfected immediately and any other surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched.
- Quarantine or Self-Isolate conditions:
- Any member has travelled outside of Canada or the province within the last 14 days is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.
- Any member with any symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.
- Any member from a household with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.
- Any member who is quarantined or self-isolating as a result of contact with an infected person or in families who are self-isolating, is not permitted to enter any part of the facility.
Before Your Child Comes To Practice
- We are strongly urging online registration for the upcoming season. Instructions on how to re-register your child online will be mailed to you in the summer mail out, available on the front page of our website and detailed on the clubs Facebook page. For anyone that isn’t able to register online we will offer a very limited in person registration in September
- You must read PRASC’s Return To Swimming Guidelines and ensure that your child understands, and acknowledges, all the aspects of it that pertain to them. We will review all of the procedures with the swimmers at the first practice back. Parents of young children are encouraged to attend that first practice so they can learn and help us reinforce these new rules
- You and your child must read and sign the Participation Agreement
- You must read and sign the Acknowledgment Of Risk Forms
- Both the Participation Agreement and the Acknowledgement of Risk Forms MUST be given to Chris Street before your child will be allowed to swim. Once the pool is open you can deposit them in the club mailbox in the pool lobby. If registering online you can read and select on the website.
- To start the season we are only going to be reregistering existing swimmers. We will open up to new registrations as soon as it is safe to do so or we appear to have space.
- We are preparing for, roughly, 10 swimmers per group with each group occupying a double lane. Group 5 & 6 serving as one group for these calculations.
Drop Off and Pick Up
- We cannot have swimmers congregating in, or around, the pool before or after practice
- Swimmers are to arrive at the facility no more than five minutes before the start of their session
- Swimmers will arrive at practice dressed in their swim suits already. There will not be access to the change room
- Immediately upon entering the facility swimmers and coaches will disinfect their hands with hand sanitizer
- Upon arrival swimmers will, following the facility guidelines, go directly out onto deck and proceed to the furthest marked activation space available.
- They will leave their bag and belongings in that space throughout the practice
- Junior swimmers (Mini-Rapids, Classes 1, 1.5, 2 & 3) and Masters will uses the designated spaces around the pool. Senior Swimmers (Classes 4, 5 & 6) will use the designated spaces in the mezzanine area.
- After practice they will collect their belongings from their designated space and, following the facility guidelines, immediately leave the building. There will not be access to the change rooms so swimmers should have towels and warm clothes they’re able to pull on over their suits
- We cannot have swimmers waiting in the lobby and we don’t want them waiting outside while wet. It is Imperative that all swimmers have a ride waiting for them immediately upon the completion of practice.
- We will send swimmers out in groups of three so they don’t have to congregate outside as they get picked up
- If an emergency occurs, and you are not able to pick your child up immediately upon the completion of practice, you can text Chris Street (250 600 0749). We will keep your child in one of the designated activation spots until you text us that you have arrived.
- This arrangement is for emergencies only. If a parent is late picking their child up more than three times a $25 fine will be added to their account for each subsequent late pick up.
- Swimmers will be required to maintain 2 meters of social distancing at all times. Both in and out of the water.
- We will use “double lanes” for all groups.
- Swimmers will go up one lane, immediately over the black line, and then at the wall move over a lane and come back down the neighboring lane, immediately over the black line.
- No more than two swimmers will be allowed “on the wall” at any given time
- There will be marks 2, 4, 6 and 8 meters off the wall to remind swimmers where to stop if there are already swimmers on the wall
- Similarly swimmers might be asked to exit the water, and stand in marked areas, where they can be given instructions in between sets or repetitions.
- Only one swimmer will be permitted to use the washroom at any given time. The change rooms won’t be available before or after practice but will be open as a washroom during practice.
- When entering or leaving the washroom swimmers will comply with all facility guidelines
- Swimmers are not permitted to share equipment, as such each swimmer is required to come to practice with their own gear. Signi Solmundson can tell you what gear is required for your child’s group(s). The club can loan gear, for the duration of the Covid crisis, if purchasing your own equipment is too much of a financial burden. The club does not have sufficient equipment to supply all of its members however.
- The coaches will sanitize common touch points like pool ladders regularly throughout the course of practice
- Any swimmers that is ill or exhibiting symptoms will be immediately removed from the water, provided with a mask, asked to gather their belongings and wait in an “isolation spot, until a parent can be contacted and arranges for an immediate pick up
- The coaching staff will follow Work Safe BC’s recommendations in order to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19 in the workplace.