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The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan was released on April 23rd.

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Racing and Rodeo Guidelines

For general workplace guidelines, please refer to COVID-19 Workplace Information. All businesses operating in Saskatchewan must be in compliance with these guidelines.

The guidelines below apply to indoor and outdoor venues hosting public racing and rodeo events, regardless of whether an admission fee is charged. Racing includes horse racing or any type of motorized racing.

Specific guidance contained in Re-Open Saskatchewan must be followed, where they apply. In addition to these guidelines, all other applicable federal and provincial legislation, regulations and standards must be adhered to in addition to local municipal bylaws. Organizers should always contact the local public health inspection office when planning an event.

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1. Event Capacity Requirements

  • Outdoor events are limited to 150 individuals – not including staff, volunteers, participants and contestants – provided the space is large enough to accommodate physical distancing between all people/groups.
  • Indoor events must not exceed the gathering limit contained in the current public health order unless the indoor event takes place in an arena or other large building with stadium-style seating that can safely accommodate physical distancing for up to 150 people – not including staff, volunteers and contestants.
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2. General Guidance

  • Any business, community group or other organization holding an event must designate one or more people responsible for ensuring compliance with these and any other applicable guidelines.
  • Seating areas are subject to the following:
    • Physical distancing is required between individuals with the exception of household and/or extended household groups.
    • Leave alternating rows empty and provide signage where necessary.
    • Events should have assigned seating, where possible.
  • Limit the duration of the event as much as possible. Encourage patrons to arrive close to the scheduled event time and proceed directly to their seats. Attendees should leave immediately following the event/gathering to discourage gathering in common areas.
  • Food, beverage, fundraising activities (e.g. 50-50 sales) and other similar services cannot be provided in seating areas. Rather, these items must be sold at kiosks or other areas where distancing can be managed. See the Food and Beverage Service section below for more information.
  • Online admission ticketing should be used, where possible.
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used as much as possible, with physical distancing observed at all times.
  • Consider supporting vulnerable populations with dedicated showings or performances.
  • A response plan should be in place in case a patron or staff/volunteer develops COVID-19 symptoms while at the venue.
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3. Guidance for Racing and Rodeo Events

  • International participants are subject to federal and provincial public health orders.
  • Limit the number of people in participant areas.
  • Team personnel are to be kept to a minimum.
  • For vehicular events where distancing cannot be maintained, pit crews, race marshals and other event personnel must wear surgical/procedure masks, non-medical masks or protective helmets with full face covering/shields and/or other PPE as deemed necessary.
  • For animal events where distancing cannot be maintained, all people responsible for handling and caring for animals must wear surgical/procedure masks, non-medical masks or protective helmets with full face covering/shields and/or other PPE as deemed necessary.
  • Award ceremonies must be held in a manner that reduces the number of participants involved and promotes physical distancing. Where possible, prizes or trophies should be provided after the event and winners are announced through social media or email.
  • Go-kart tracks or other venues that allow shared use of vehicles must implement a cleaning and disinfection program for high-touch areas of the vehicles and other shared equipment.
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4. Hand Hygiene

  • Organizers must promote and facilitate frequent and proper hand hygiene:
    • Provide handwashing facilities where possible.
    • Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers approved by Health Canada (DIN or NPN number).
    • Ensure there are stations available to maintain hand hygiene.
  • Staff and volunteers must wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • In washrooms and other areas with handwashing facilities, adequate supplies must be available, including soap, paper towels and waste receptacles.
  • Organizers are strongly encouraged to post information around the event area that remind attendees to practice respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene (e.g. entrances, washrooms and staff rooms).
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5. Physical Distancing

  • Public and staff, with the exception of household and extended household contacts, must maintain a physical distance of two metres from others in all areas.
  • Event organizers must establish facility/area plans that include visual markers, such as cordons, floor markers, signage, etc., to encourage and support proper physical distancing. Areas of concerns include common areas, food and beverage service areas, seating, walkways and washrooms.
  • Lineups at washrooms and food and beverage service areas during breaks in public events pose a serious challenge. Event organizers must manage these areas to mitigate risks to attendees.
  • Event organizers are responsible for:
    • Managing crowds in common areas, especially during breaks in entertainment;
    • Managing crowds as they exit so physical distancing can be maintained. This may be done through visual markings or calling areas to limit the numbers of persons exiting at a time;
    • Limiting the duration of an event and/or limiting participants; and
    • Installing barriers where distancing is not possible (e.g. Plexiglas window at a booth/kiosk/cubicle), where practical.
  • Where possible, access to the event should be controlled and occupancy limited (e.g. limit parking, erect barriers, set maximum occupancy, signage).
  • Avoid activities that do not allow physical distancing, such as crowding together for photographs.
  • Ensure processions have adequate space to move while maintaining physical distancing.
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6. Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Develop and implement procedures for increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic areas, common areas, public washrooms and shower facilities. Refer to the Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines for further information.
  • Frequently touched surfaces (e.g. washrooms, door handles, and counters) should be cleaned and disinfected frequently with an approved disinfectant.
  • Disinfectants must be approved by Health Canada (DIN) and be used according to label instructions, including contact time.
  • Promote increased environmental cleaning of participants' personal environment if appropriate (e.g. provide sanitizing wipes so gathering attendees can clean their own environment, such as arms of seats).
  • Ensure disposable towels and spray cleaners, or disposable wipes, are available to workers, volunteers and (as necessary) patrons to regularly clean commonly used surfaces.
  • Garbage bins should be emptied frequently.
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7. Food and Beverage Service

  • Food services that are licensed under The Food Safety Regulations (i.e. restaurants, mobile food vendors) are subject to the requirements contained in the Restaurants and Licensed Establishments Guidelines.
  • For all other food service, see the Temporary Food Vendor Guidelines.
  • For events that are not considered a temporary food event, but still intend to provide food and beverages:
    • No buffet style or self-service foods or beverages permitted.
    • Single portions and pre-packaged foods may be provided.
    • Common touch items are not permitted. This includes self-serve beverages (including mix and ice), napkins, utensils and condiments.
    • Provide single-serve refreshments only.
  • Close drinking fountains. Water bottle filling stations are acceptable if appropriately and frequently sanitized.

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