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2021 WSCC COVID-19 Policy and Practices Directive


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Given the recent updates to the Province of Manitoba Public Health Order and concerns raised by members and other potential attendees to WSCC club events, the Executive Committee has prepared the following Policy and Practices Directive based on our review and interpretation of the current Public Health Order and regulations. 

This Policy and Practice Directive will be presented at the Regular Club meeting tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm. Instructions on how to attend the meeting are posted on the Forum. We hope that all members will attend for this important discussion and vote. 

With these protocols in place, we are confident that not only will all WSCC events comply with the current Public Health Order and Regulations, but will also proceed in a safe and responsible manner. 

Please bear in mind that this Policy and Practice Directive is NOT intended to replace Discipline specific supplementary regulations. In other words, this sets out the minimum requirements that all Disciplines must meet, however where additional requirements or limitations are necessary for specific venues or events, those will be implemented under the Discipline's supplementary regulations. As a result, this Policy and Practice Directive is not intended to address every eventuality, but to provide guidance to each Discipline when drafting their supp regs. 

Please see below for the draft language of the Policy and Practices Directive.

2021 WSCC COVID-19 Policy and Practices Directive.pdf

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How does the washroom rule apply to autoslalom at St.Andrews? Shouldn't that be in some supp regs somewhere and not applicable to all disciplines? That's not my only issue with the policy and practices but it's the most obvious one.

 

 

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17 hours ago, Curtis said:

How does the washroom rule apply to autoslalom at St.Andrews? Shouldn't that be in some supp regs somewhere and not applicable to all disciplines? That's not my only issue with the policy and practices but it's the most obvious one.

 

 

These policies are from 3 months ago... mid-April. Restrictions have become quite relaxed since then. I don't think the strict policies in this document apply much anymore for our outdoor racing events.

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3 hours ago, Brian_Earl_Spilner said:

These policies are from 3 months ago... mid-April. Restrictions have become quite relaxed since then. I don't think the strict policies in this document apply much anymore for our outdoor racing events.

The updated version I was emailed two days ago still has all the same strict restrictions. Not sure why it isn't posted here yet.

I agree with you that the policies should be relaxed due to new info and trends.

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Apologies folks for the late posting of the new COVID Policy and Practices directive. I was having technical issues but those have been resolved. 

Attached is the newly revised 2021 WSCC COVID-19 Policy and Practices directive. This was passed unanimously by the Board at a special meeting convened on Tuesday, July 20th specifically to address concerns with the previous policy in light of the changes in the latest COVID-19 Public Health Orders issued by the Province on July 12th. 

This document will remain effective and in force until further review by the Board, which will occur in the event there are changes in any subsequent Public Health Orders that impacts the operation of any WSCC sanctioned events. 

 

2021 WSCC COVID-19 Policy and Practices (revised July 20 2021).pdf

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I hope we can have spectators soon but it’s understandable that we restrict this for now.

The drag strip is going to operate on the August Long Weekend but they are apparently not allowed spectators. The group running this part of the facility is trying to come up with a plan to allow it as venues like Victory Lane Speedway had spectators this past Thursday. However, Victory Lane only allowed spectators with “vaccine passports” and there was no spectator entry to the pits after the races (which is difficult to do at Gimli for either kind of event).

See you all in August! Can’t wait for the first competition event of 2021!

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On 7/23/2021 at 11:13 PM, Mopar11 said:

I hope we can have spectators soon but it’s understandable that we restrict this for now.

The drag strip is going to operate on the August Long Weekend but they are apparently not allowed spectators. The group running this part of the facility is trying to come up with a plan to allow it as venues like Victory Lane Speedway had spectators this past Thursday. However, Victory Lane only allowed spectators with “vaccine passports” and there was no spectator entry to the pits after the races (which is difficult to do at Gimli for either kind of event).

See you all in August! Can’t wait for the first competition event of 2021!

Interlake Dragway posted an announcement that they will be allowing spectators at their event this weekend. Same restrictions apply to their event. Spectators must have vaccine passports (or QR code) and no spectators are allowed into the pit areas at any time during or after the event. 

We operate somewhat differently as we are a private club, not a commercial enterprise. Discipline Directors will provide guidance with respect to how many individuals are allowed to attend an event with registered participants, as those limits may vary between the Discipline and venue. In any case, all non-participant entrants must still sign the waiver and be registered through MSR.

Please contact your Discipline Director in advance if you have any questions as all entrants must be approved prior to the event. 

Our primary objective is to ensure we can maintain social distancing between entrants, and to that end a unanimous decision was made by the Board that we are not permitting 'members of the public' to attend events at this time. 

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The Province has announced that there will be further changes to the Public Health Order that take effect this weekend. As usual, the press release and announcement were made yesterday, but the actual Public Health Order has not yet been published. I expect that will occur tomorrow. 

As noted in the media release, there will be portions of the Order that deal specifically with motor racing venues, which are expected to allow operators to run events at 100% capacity, but they will be specifically limited to ONLY those who have been double vaccinated. We understand that these provisions are aimed at 'members of the public' (aka spectators) and not participants, but we need to wait until we see the Order to know for certain. 

In discussions with the Road Race Director we have determined that, even if the new Order is published tomorrow, there will not be time to review and revise our COVID-19 Policy and Practice directive in time to accommodate the Road Race event at GMP this weekend. This means that despite the announcement of these new regulations, our event at GMP this weekend will continue to operate under our existing policy. 

We plan on calling a meeting of the Board early next week to review and revise the WSCC COVID-19 Policy and Practices directive in light of the changes to the PHO so that there will hopefully be time to make changes to the AutoSlalom format for the following weekend. 

Please continue to watch this space for further information. 

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As most of you are already aware, the Province recently announced further changes to its pandemic response plan, and issued a new Public Health Order relaxing most restrictions that had previously been in place which took effect on Saturday August 6th. Most importantly for us, they have completely removed all restrictions on the operation of motorsport venues and operations. 

Unfortunately, they have replaced those restrictions on operations with rather severe restrictions on the attendance by members of the public. The new scheme does not permit ANY member of the public attending a motorsport event without the organizers first obtaining approval by a Public Health Officer for a plan to effectively isolate the public from the event, ensure social distancing is maintained, establishing entirely separate washroom facilities, and only permitting double vaccinated members of the public admittance to the event. 

The Board recently met to review these changes to the Order and have updated the WSCC COVID-19 Policy and Practices Directive to reflect the new restrictions. The good news is that most restrictions on the operation of our events have been lifted, so we may now resume operating our events essentially as we have in the past, with a few remaining restrictions. 

The choice whether to permit the public to attend an event has been left with each Discipline director, based on the unique circumstances and requirements of their venues. If the choice is made to permit members of the Public, that decision will only be made after consultation with and with the prior approval of a designated Public Health Officer.

Please see the attached copy of the new Club Policy for the specific details.

2021 WSCC COVID-19 Policy and Practices (revised August 10 2021).pdf

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7 hours ago, kiwi said:

Jay does this mean anyone entering the park on race day must show proof of vaccination to the gate person

No - there is no requirement that attendees be vaccinated.

The Province is only requiring that if we are allowing ‘members of the public’ (aka spectators), they must be double vaccinated. Otherwise, we may run our events without additional restrictions.

All Club requirements are spelled out in the published policy. 

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Here is the latest version (Rev D) of the WSCC COVID-19 Policy and Practices Directive.

These latest changes were presented and voted on at our Regular Club Meeting on 07 Oct 2021. These most recent changes were in response to the Public Health Orders issued on 05 Oct 2021.

Rev. D changes affect points #8, 9, 10, 13

WSCC COVID-19 Policy and Practices (revised October 7 2021).pdf

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