GMRC COVID-19 PROTOCOLS-Updated September 2021
With the resurgence of COVID-19 in the community, particularly the Delta variant, we want to provide guidance and a defined procedure on how to handle exposure scenarios within the rowing club.
As a club, we strongly encourage rowers to get vaccinated. Multiple studies have shown that vaccination is a highly effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19. This does not mean that you are 100% protected, but significantly reduces your risk of infection. Vaccination offers particularly strong protection against severe disease, which can result in hospitalization.
Based on our review of the relevant CDC and Ohio High School Athletics guidelines, we have updated our protocols for the fall season:
The above protocol for quarantining and exposure only applies to indoor practices or carpooling to/from practice at this time. There is no definitive guidance from the CDC on what is considered close contact/exposure in an outdoor setting. To date, there is not much evidence of sustained COVID transmission when exercising outdoors. Our club’s outdoor practices are generally spread out and there is ideal airflow when out on the open river.
At this point in the season, it is anticipated that most, if not all practices will be held outdoors. Masks are not required for outdoor practices. During indoor workouts, masks will be mandated at this time.
Because the COVID landscape is ever-changing, we reserve the right to return to more stringent protocols, based on the guidance from the relevant authorities.
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