We are keenly aware of the challenges of controlling the spread of the Covid19 virus (and its variants) in British Columbia. Protocols for safely pursuing orienteering training activities have been developed by all of our oversight organizations: viaSport, Orienteering BC and Orienteering Canada.
The OAK program will be adhering to their guidelines. Outdoor activities such as orienteering are not considered to present a high risk of virus transmission as long as those guidelines are being followed. However, the OAK program will continually monitor the provincial public health guidelines for safe participation in sport, and modify our program safety requirements as needed to meet any new recommendations.
The key safety precautions that all OAK participants are currently required to follow are:
- maintaining physical distancing as much as possible; i.e. no physical contact
- no sharing of equipment or drinks
- frequent use of hand sanitizer (especially upon arrival at the session)
- pre-session self-reported screening for Covid19 symptoms or Covid19 exposure).
A link to an OAK-specific self-reporting form will be provided for the use of all registered families. No one displaying Covid19 symptoms may attend an OAK session!
Note that because this is an outdoors activity involving vigorous effort, mask-wearing will be optional during the session.