WE’RE RETURNING TO A SEASON THAT’S CLOSER TO NORMAL!
We’re just a couple of days away from the opening of regular season practices and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you some of the most recent changes surrounding the COVID-19 guidance this season. COVID-19 case rates continue to fall and vaccination rates continue to increase, allowing us to return to a season that’s a little closer to normal.
With this revised guidance, if you are fully vaccinated:
You no longer need to wear a mask—even if not socially distant. If you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID and you are fully vaccinated, you don’t need to quarantine—unless you’re experiencing symptoms.
What does this mean for race days?
- Spectators will be welcome back to race venues, and can stay the entire day.
- We’ll be able to have spectators again for the entire day, cheering on our racers!
- Team tents will be back, so teams can support their riders throughout the day.
- We’ll be able to welcome back vendors at races.
- We’re bringing back volunteer positions, so you can be a part of the action.
What does this mean for practices?
Practices may look a bit different now as well. So, talk to your coaches and find out what their new plans are—they’ve got a lot more freedom this year so they don’t have to use a pod structure.
WE WILL STILL HAVE SOME SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN PLACE
Masks are required when less than 6′ from others, unless you’re fully vaccinated. Now, it’s important to remember that COVID’s still not gone and we still are in the tail end of this pandemic. So, we still have some policies and procedures to keep the health and welfare of our student-athletes, our coaches and their families safe.
- If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you’ll need to wear a mask if you’re less than 6 ft. away from others
- Everyone willl have to do the symptom screener before each practice and event.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you’ll be asked not to attend.
- We’re still going to have some COVID protocols in place to reduce the amount of time that people from around the state congregate in a single area:
- Awards will be picked up at the next race by your head coach and distributed later.
- No pre-ride on race day. Race-day pre-rides are when we have the greatest amount of people on course, and it can get awfully busy and congested for a long time—conditions we need to avoid. We’ll continue to mark courses 30 days in advance and supply videos and GPS files.
- No feed zone. This is a continuation of the policy from last year.
- Teams will not be able to provide communal food. So, pot lucks are out—but teams can hand out pre-packaged food at their tents.
Aside from these few restrictions, races are going to look a lot like those of years past, and we’re very excited! As always, this is subject to change, pending state, local or federal guidance changes or a rise in COVID-19 rates. We’re excited to welcome you back and look forward to having another fantastic season!
Director, Minnesota Interscholastic Cycling League