ZARS 2021 SEASON COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLAN
As a facilitator of public events, ZARS has a responsibility to comply with state and local regulations in the 4 municipalities and 3 states in which ZARS operates, as well as guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ZARS will follow COVID-19 mitigation practices developed by the ZARS Leadership Team’s Safe-To-Ride Task Force. Jessica Zalusky is the designated COVID-19 Coordinator who will ensure ZARS participants and staff are in compliance and follow all associated directives.
ZARS will continue required COVID-19 precautions throughout the 2021 season and will adapt
its practices as recommended by public health, state and local officials. This document
incorporates guidance from the State of Minnesota as of May 6, 2021. Expect
significant additional revisions, especially for Minnesota events, as state government
guidelines change during the season.
ZARS events are unique, so please read carefully. There may be guidelines that differ from what you may think of as “common-sense behaviors” or from the practices of other organizations.
All participants in ZARS events agree to observe these procedures as a condition of participation.
- For all events, it is important that riders, team members, guests and crew assess themselves for symptoms regularly and go home immediately if ill or exhibiting any symptoms. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with one or more of these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please go to the CDC website for the latest information.
- Riders, crew, guests and team members may not attend a ZARS event if they tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days. Additionally, if you should test positive within 14 days of attending a ZARS event, we respectfully request you or your assigned health professional contact us. This will allow us to support contact tracing efforts and communication while maintaining patient privacy. (reference Principles of Contact Tracing on CDC.gov)
- All attendees will be required to sign a waiver of liability and COVID-19 waiver before arriving at the facility. Participants may invite guests if based in their pit area. All guests and crew must sign the waiver.
- While a high percentage of ZARS participants may be vaccinated as the 2021 season progresses, disease transmission is still a risk. The same procedures apply to all participants, whether vaccinated or not.
- No on-site registration. All participants must be pre-registered.
- Contactless check-in of participants will be implemented at registration.
- All vendors have been asked to develop their own plans to safeguard their workers’ health by following OSHA guidelines along with adhering to the ZARS Preparedness Plan and protocols.
- Our medical staff and the ZARS Team have planned how to best deal with incidents and injuries, as well as how to isolate and evaluate any individual who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while at the event.
- Morning check-in times will be extended to allow for shorter lines. Note that COVID-19 precautions may cause some delays. Please arrive early. Riders who arrive late may forfeit their track day.
- Our morning rider meeting at DCTC will be in the parking lot over the PA and in the main paddock for racetracks to avoid unnecessary crowding.
- In general, riders will need to bring their own food and beverages. Availability of food, beverages and/or on-site vendors will vary from event to event. Please review event guide for specifics.
- ZARS coaches will limit close contact with students when conducting hands-on demonstrations in the classroom.
- Continued disease prevention hygiene and sanitation practices are recommended:
- Clean hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.
- Avoid personal contact with other riders, bikes, equipment, and ZARS team members.
- Riders are required to provide all personal safety gear. Sharing gear with other riders is not recommended.
- Bring your own pen to sign paperwork.
- Bring your paperwork filled out in advance to minimize exposure and save time (forms available at www.ridezars.com)
- Should you be involved in an incident please leave your helmet and gloves on unless the situation absolutely demands you remove them
Social Distancing and Use of Face Coverings
- We ask that riders, crew, guests, team members and all persons on the premises be prepared to wear a face covering at any time, if it becomes necessary.
- As a common sense precaution, please try to keep “one bike-length” from others as you go about your day.
- MN Dept of Health recommends that face coverings should be worn “in public outdoor space when it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others or where close person-to-person interaction is possible or likely, such as when entering or exiting a business, moving around in a space with others present, using the restroom, ordering food, or waiting in line.”
- State guidance no longer requires 6-foot social distancing and face coverings for outdoor recreation activities as of May 7, 2021. However, we suggest ZARS participants follow the recommendation quoted above when outdoors at a ZARS event. Simply stated, “Mask up” when you can’t keep adequate social distance from others. This is a suggestion and no longer a requirement.
- The perimeter of meeting areas will be reserved for social distancing for those who wish to maintain that practice. Larger meetings will be supported via loudspeaker for easier hearing.
- If you are indoors, in a public rest room, or in any enclosure or confined outdoor area that is not your own, you must wear a face covering.
- You should not wear a face covering when you have a helmet on, but you must realize that helmets do not contain droplet dispersion, and therefore you need to be careful to maintain adequate physical distance. Helmets do not count as face coverings.
- If there is a question about whether wearing a mask is required for a particular situation, please err on the side of caution and “mask-up”.
These procedures are intended to help protect ZARS riders and team members from unnecessary risk of infection. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, public health guidance and adapt procedures as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns about these procedures, you are invited to contact email@example.com .
For more information on current state response plans, policy and recommendations please see these resources: