Spectators: are able to attend trials provided they are subject to the same regulations as all others e.g. social distancing rules and their names and telephone numbers are obtained for Track & Trace purposes.
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Insurers require organisers to comply with all applicable Welsh Government Covid-19 regulations and guidance including completing a risk assessment and taking risk mitigation measures.
NWSDS’s primary concern, as always, is to safeguard the health and well-being of all organising committees, volunteers, local communities and participants. The following guidance is provided with this aim in mind and to ensure that Health and Safety protocols and safeguards are in place.
These safeguards include (list is not exhaustive).
- Requiring people not to attend a trial if they potentially have symptoms of coronavirus or have been exposed to a person who has tested positive.
- Ensure that social distancing is maintained at all times (2m) between all persons on the trial field.
- Keep a list of everyone involved in the gathering and their contact details should ‘test and trace’ be required including any spectators.
- Provide hand sanitiser and /or hand washing facilities (paper towels to be used) on the trial field that is readily accessible to all persons attending.
- Provide hand sanitiser on the outside of toilet facilities to be used for door handles etc.
- Ensure that if catering is provided that it is a takeaway service i.e. no indoor facilities of any kind where persons may mix will be provided such as marquees.
- Ensure that vehicle parking allows occupants to maintain social distancing.
- If the total allowed at a gathering allows for entries to be taken on the field this should happen outside e.g. a car / caravan window and not taken inside any trailer or caravan.
- Ensure that no entry cards are used i.e. no exchanging / passing of cards. Judges to confirm name of competitor and dog before going to the post, maintaining 2m distance.
- Ensure that if scores are posted that they are only shared digitally or recorded on a scoresheet and no paper is passed around.
- If a gate is needed to access the course it is possible to be sanitised after each use.
- Ensure that no competitors touch or handle the post or any other equipment used on the course.
- If a pen is to be used it should be open with any gate used only as funnel i.e. no rope to be used / held by any competitor.
- Competitors should not share any personal equipment e.g. crooks.
- Letting out and exhaust pens should only be managed by the local committee observing social distancing and sanitation requirements.
- Ensure that signage is provided stating the on-field regulations and that all persons on the field are responsible for following all the organiser’s requirements. If a person is considered to have breached any of the trial’s regulations and it is reported, the Society may consider taking disciplinary action.
Please note that the ISDS has also stated
22nd September 2020 – “For avoidance of doubt, an open pen is acceptable of trials qualifying for National points from 1st October 2020, and until further notice. A chute is NOT an acceptable alternative. To avoid cross contamination during the COVID-19 pandemic, we suggest that organisers of Open trials for points use an open pen. Therefore removing the need for competitors to touch a rope or the end of a gate”.
6th April update 2021- “Open trials – There appears to have been some confusion following my update dated 18th March 2021 regarding the subject of open points. Council agreed open trial points would be available as soon as a whole country’s restrictions were relaxed to permit outdoor events such as sheepdog trials. Reminder that points can only be gained in a competitors country of residence.
The Society appreciates that there could be many reasons including local community concerns why organisers may decide not to hold a planned trial. There is no expectation whatsoever that any trial should be held in 2021. It is absolutely down to each local committee to decide. The Society is particularly mindful of the need to ensure local community support and not to do anything that may prejudice any future event or could cause the Society to be brought into disrepute.
- Arrange for the trial to be ‘pre-entry’ (unaccompanied competitors) until such time as the regulations allow for larger gatherings, including local committee and officials etc.
- Ensure that the maximum number of people allowed to gather in one day is not exceeded. Note: people coming and going as long as the maximum number is not exceeded is currently not approved as the gathering could then involve far in excess of the maximum allowed.
- Having morning and an afternoon sessions (same competitors) may be the best way to manage the numbers on the field and to ensure sufficient entries to make the trial viable.
- Spectators are currently not allowed