Posted by Editoress on 05/25/20
On Monday (May 25th), Cycling Canada extended its suspension of the national calendar to July 31st from June 14th. This means that any events scheduled before or on July 31st will be postponed or cancelled, depending on whether or not the organizer can find a suitable replacement date. The national federation plans to release its next update by June 19th, for events held between August 1st and November 30th.
Cycling Canada said in a statement: "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cycling Canada and our provincial and territorial cycling associations have been committed to making decisions in the interest of ensuring a safe sporting environment for our members and participants at all levels and in all parts of the country. While there are now varying signs of improvement in the pandemic across the country and some provinces are beginning to carefully ease COVID-19 restrictions, we feel that it is prudent at this time to extend the list of cancelled or postponed events on the national calendar to include all events originally scheduled on or before July 31st."
They also re-issued the following guidelines for organizing or engaging in cycling activities:
• Any activity must respect the social and physical distancing recommendations currently in effect by the federal as well as the relevant provincial or local government authority
• Modify your activities to limit or eliminate contact between participants to the extent possible
• Limit your activities to small groups
• Limit or eliminate all occasions for congregation of parents or athletes/participants in parking lots or any other gathering areas
• Limit the use of any communal or shared equipment and avoid the sharing of equipment between participants if possible
• Ask each participant to bring hand sanitizer and regularly remind them to wash their hands
• Educate coaches to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19
• Ask participants under the age of 18 for a consent from a parent/guardian
• Inform yourself on the rules and recommendations issued by your Provincial Cycling Associations
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