Our goal is to align as closely as possible to the BC Public Health officials recommendations. As COVID-19 case risks change, our recommendations will adjust accordingly. Agility is not an essential service. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for our members to practice weekly with their dog(s) and to keep each other as safe as possible from exposure to illness.
The outdoor arena in the rear of VTRA is a very large field with plenty of room for parking and social distancing. While BC Ministry of Health allows up to 50 people in an outdoor activity, we feel comfortable limiting the size to 25. Registration will be managed before events to ensure we stay at or below that number.
- Do not come to an event if you or someone you live with are experiencing any illness symptoms. All participants should confirm with ScallyWaggs coordinators that everyone is healthy and has had no cold/flu symptoms in the past 2 weeks.
- All participants must set up at least 2 meters away from each other (exception if two or more people come from the same household). This includes crating setups.
- Hand washing before and after event (if washroom available) is recommended. You can also use hand wipes/sanitizer in the car when you arrive. Feel free to bring your own soap and towels for hand washing.
- Mandatory use of masks during walk-throughs. If the group size seems too large, we may split walk-throughs for easier social distancing. Use of masks when closer than 2 meters. Masks do not need to be worn when sitting in your physically distanced chair or when running your dog on course.
- Designated course builders and bar setters will use gloves to move/set equipment (including jump bars). Competitors will not be asked to change equipment. The idea is that no one is touching equipment with skin. Although the CDC has rated this a low risk of transmission, we prefer to be careful. This means that if a bar gets dropped or a jump height changes, someone wearing gloves must reset it.
- You must bring your own chair and chairs must be spaced 2 meters apart to remain within physical distancing guidelines.
- All competitors will be asked to sign a waiver which includes contact information in the event that notification is required.
- All events require pre-registration/sign-up to insure maximum number restrictions are observed.
Where possible, we will follow BC Ministry of Health’s guidelines – Latest Guidance from the BC Government for Phase 3– identify physical distancing as the primary control along with hygiene/hand washing, followed by engineering controls and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).