KAWARTHA LAKES-Snowcross enthusiasts from across the province will be gathering in Lindsay this weekend for a competition at the Lindsay Exhibition. There is another Canadian Snowcross Racing Association competition scheduled for March 5 to 7th.
A number of residents sent emails to Kawartha 411 expressing concern about the events considering the presence of Coronavirus variants in the City but the health unit says the events will continue.
“I can confirm that the event will be going on for the next two weekends and that HKPRDHU staff have been working closely with the organizers,” said Chandra Tremblay, Communications, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit. (HKPRDU)
Two cases of a Coronavirus “variant of concern” were discovered in the City over the last week. According to the Mayo Clinic, these variants seem to spread more easily and quickly among people, causing more infections with the COVID-19 virus.
Tremblay says Public health inspectors will be onsite every day of the event to evaluate compliance with the existing regulations and the Snowcross guidance document. All people attending events (riders, parents/crew) must wear lanyards with name and contact information on them at all times and all people must pre-register at least 5 days before the event in order to get a lanyard and be allowed into the venue. No spectators will be allowed at any events.
The following additional measures have also been put in place:
- The Ministry of Health COVID-19 Screening tool has been sent to all participants ahead of event – must bring these sheets with them to be collected at front gate.
- Each vehicle will be given a number that corresponds to a parking space for their trailer – will be spaced out 20 ft from each other to allow for proper physical distancing
- Each racer will only be allowed 4 additional people for their “crew” – this is their bubble, must not mingle with other bubbles
- Masks to be worn even outside and with appropriate physical distancing
- Each racer will only be allowed to have one crew member with them at the ‘start line’ to reduce the number of people mingling
- There are (25) working staff overseeing the event and ensuring compliance with set requirements
- No participants permitted from Grey Zones or other provinces.
- No on-site transactions.
- No Indoor buildings for gatherings or meetings.
- Everyone will social distance and wear face coverings.
- There will be an onsite medical team.
- Hired a PA announcer to make announcements over the loudspeaker to make COVID-19 related announcements during events.
- Disinfectant used for high touch surfaces is 70% alcohol-based spray solution
- Washrooms are to be disinfected 3 or 4 times daily by a facilities manager.
The health unit goes on to say snowmobiling is a safe sport regarding risk of C-19 exposure and that snowmobiling is currently permitted by the Province in all health Zones. Kawartha Region has other outdoor venues such as (Skiing) currently permitting.
Not everyone is unhappy about the events. Some local businesses look forward to an increase in customers.
“It will definitely, hopefully, help,” said Nicole a Supervisor at Boston Pizza in Lindsay. “It will be hard because we are only allowed to have 50 people in the restaurant at a time”
Staff at Kelsey’s restaurant in Lindsay were also happy to have more foot traffic. We contacted the Pie Eyed Monk Brewery but have not heard back.
Five new cases of Coronavirus were reported in the City of Kawartha Lakes today. There are currently 15 active cases and the health unit is tracking 53 high-risk contacts. There have been 553 cases of Coronavirus in the City of Kawartha Lakes to date.