COVID-19 POLICY GUIDELINES

Ski Classics acknowledges the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it is affecting societies around the world. The continuously changing situation is uncertain, and Ski Classics is monitoring the development around Europe day-by-day. Ski Classics top priorities are the safety of everyone involved in Visma Ski Classics and minimizing the spread of the virus while continuing to build the long-distance skiing community. Ski Classics consider professional and mass participation events important facilitators for social community and public health, and believe that it is possible to conduct events in a responsible way with limited risk of spread.

Ski Classics works closely with the organizing committee of each Ski Classics event included in the Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour and Visma Ski Classics Challengers series. All Ski Classics events are responsible to follow the restrictions and recommendation of the local governmental bodies to host a safe event. Pro Teams, Pro Team athletes, amateur and recreational participants are responsible for following the public restrictions and recommendations in the host country as well as the guidelines of the event.

This document is a dynamic tool intended to guide and support everyone involved in Ski Classics and will be updated continually with the latest information. During the Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour season between 15th of November 2020 and 30th of April 2021, these guidelines will be updated on Monday 17:00 CET before each Pro Tour event.

Ski Classics will continue to monitor this situation, provide updates, and do everything possible to deliver Visma Ski Classics Season XI. If you have any questions, please reach out to racedirector@skiclassics.com.

The general recommendations on how to protect yourself and others from spread of infection:

  • Keep distance and take personal responsibility. Avoid going to crowded places and maintain at least 1 meter distance between yourself and others. WHO recommends to wear a fabric mask if there is widespread community transmission, and especially where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you feel unwell with cold symptoms, cough or fever, you should try to avoid contact with other people. This applies even if you only feel slightly unwell.Stay at home for as long as you feel unwell and at least two days after you have recovered.
  • Watch out for symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat, a headache and aching muscles or joints. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow. When you cough or sneeze, you spread tiny droplets containing infectious agents. If you cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper tissue, you can prevent the infection from spreading to people around you or from contaminating your hands. Always put used tissues into the bin and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Infection is spread through mucous membranes in the eyes, nose and mouth. One way to prevent respiratory infections generally is to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities.

USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING AND STAYING IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

Travel in Europe

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Italy

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Switzerland

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Czech Republic

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Sweden

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Norway

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Finland

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GUIDELINES SKI CLASSICS EVENTS

  • Ski Classics Events are solely responsible for hosting the event according to the local authorities’ restrictions and recommendations.
  • Events shall assign a COVID-19 coordinator that are responsible for questions related to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Coordinator shall monitor the local restrictions and notify Ski Classics every second week from 15th of October until the event.
  • The COVID-19 Coordinator shall inform Ski Classics at latest 15 days prior the event about the local PCR test center to which Pro Teams and SC Crew shall turn if they experience any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection (Name of test center, address, contact information and opening hours). The local PCR test center shall be within 15km from the start or finish.
  • Ski Classics pre meetings during the event week shall be carried out in small groups or digitally.
  • Events shall make every effort to reduce the contact between elite (1 wave) and non-elite athletes and to create a bubble around the elite athletes at the event in order to minimize their contact with others. In cooperation and agreement with Ski Classics, Events shall create an action plan with preventive measures such as:
    • Arrange separate location for bib hand-out for elite skiers, in the Ski Classics Trailer.
    • Ensure only Pro Teams, SC Crew and required LOC staff access the Ski Classics Plaza and Trailer during the event. No external VIP activities nor catering will be hosted in Ski Classics Plaza and Trailer.
    • Fence off a sufficient warm-up area for the elite skiers in connection to the Elite Skier Entrance (R&R, Appendix 5A). In connection to the warm-up there shall be separate lavatories for elite skiers.
    • For the flower ceremony, Ski Classics representative will hand out prices at flower ceremony. Events are strongly recommended not to host a separate prize giving ceremony.
  • Events shall ensure that any individual of the local organization committee showing symptoms of a COVID-19 infection immediately get tested for COVID-19 or self-isolate. If a COVID-19 infection is confirmed, the individual is forbidden to enter the event area.
  • Events shall ensure back-up for key personnel within the organizing committee.

GUIDELINES SKI CLASSICS PRO TEAMS

  • Ski Classics Pro Teams and athletes are solely responsible for following to the local authorities’ and local event’s restrictions and recommendations at respective event location.
  • Ski Classics recommends Pro Team to continuously monitor the border crossing restrictions and quarantine obligations throughout the season.
  • Ski Classics Pro Teams shall submit the Pro Team Risk Reduction Protocol to racedirector@skiclassics.com, if requested by Ski Classics. The purpose of the protocol is to encourage Pro Teams to analyze their behavior and actions associated with Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour events and to create an action plan on how to limit the risk of bringing infection into the elite athlete bubble at events.
  • Ski Classics will inform Pro Team Directors of the local PCR test center in respective event location, at latest 10 days prior the event.
  • In case of any signs of symptoms, Pro Teams and athletes shall visit the local PCR test center immediately to be tested for the COVID-19 virus.
  • Pro Team athletes with symptoms of or confirmed COVID-19 infection are not allowed to start, nor to enter the event area.
  • Pro Team Staff with symptoms of or confirmed COVID-19 infection are forbidden to enter the event area.
  • Pro Team starting bibs will be handed out to one representative of each Pro Team at a given time Race Day -1 outside the Ski Classics Trailer. Schedule of hand-out will be sent out at latest Race Day -2.
  • Team Captains Meetings Race Day -1 at 16.30 will be held digitally and instructions on how to join will be sent out at latest Race Day -2.
  • All Ski Classics interviews will be performed outdoors with safe distance between the interviewee, the interviewer and the camera man. Information about pre-event interviews will be sent out at latest Race Day -2.
  • Flower ceremonies will be held with normal procedure, except that there will only be one prize giver on stages and awarded athletes will wait for their turn on the Ski Classics Trailer roof top (outside).

Download Pro Team Risk Reduction Protocol here.

GUIDELINES SKI CLASSICS CREW

  • Ski Classics Crew members are solely responsible for following to the local authorities’ and local event’s restrictions and recommendations at respective event location.
  • Crew members are responsible to continuously monitor border crossing restrictions and quarantine obligations throughout the season. If there are any restrictions or limitations affecting Ski Classics Crew members’ ability to perform their duties covered in the Crew member’s agreement with Ski Classics, the Project Manager shall immediately be notified by phone.
  • Crew members shall keep 1m distance to others when possible and wear a face mask covering mouth and nose when distance to others is less than 1m.
  • Crew members shall avoid crowded areas and visiting public facilities as far as possible, e.g. cafés, restaurants, bars, stores etc.
  • Crew members showing any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection shall immediately get tested for COVD-19 at the local PCR test location. Information of the local PCR test location will be sent out at latest 10 days prior event. If a COVID-19 infection is confirmed, the individual shall immediately inform his/her supervisor and shall self-isolate immediately.
  • Crew members shall when possible limit their presence at the event area to the areas of their responsibility, i.e. tv compound, commentator booth, racetrack.
  • Pre-event meetings during the event week shall be when possible carried out in small groups or digitally.