COVID-19 Protocols for In-person StreetWise Programs

 

Last updated: March 23, 2022

 

What We Are Doing:

  • Training: All Instructors must attend a specialized COVID-19 training session prior to teaching any in-person programs.  This is to ensure protocols are understood and agreed upon.

  • Group size: Maximum program size of 20 participants + 3 instructors when the program is taught outside. Maximum program size of 12 participants + 2 instructors when the program is taught inside. 

  • Location: Programs are to be held in less busy areas that are not a thoroughfare for others, and where there is sufficient room for everyone to spread out.

  • Instructor hygiene and PPE: Our Instructors will wash their hands frequently, and will be provided with hand sanitizer to use whenever a hand-washing station is not accessible. Instructors will wear a mask when indoors, and when physical distancing (2 meters) is not possible outdoors - although mask use is strongly encouraged outdoors in addition to spacing. Each Instructor will be provided with their own Cleaning Kit for personal and surface sanitation. When masks are used, they should be clean, fit appropriately, and be put on with clean hands. When teaching inside or in any indoor public places, instructors will wear non-medical masks.. 

  • Equipment: Instructors have each been provided with personal equipment such as first-aid kits, masks and vests to keep for the entire season. Any equipment being used by multiple participants will have high-touch surfaces disinfected with Spray Nine disinfectant between uses. 

  • Physical distancing: A 2m distance between instructors and participants will be maintained whenever possible. Keeping in mind that a situation may arise where an instructor may HAVE TO close this distance in the interest of safety (e.g., first-aid emergency, preventing a fall). These considerations will be discussed in the program introduction. Instructors are aware of WorkSafeBC First aid protocols for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Pre-screening/self-disclosure procedure for Instructors: Instructors cannot conduct in-person work with the public if: 

    • They are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 (refer to this self-assessment tool from BC Government).  Instructors must complete a daily health check prior to work.

    • they, or anybody in their household, are diagnosed with COVID-19, until a minimum period of 10 days or until COVID-19 is resolved by a negative test

    • they are required to quarantine or self-isolate based on federal or provincial travel requirements

    • they have been directed by Public Health to self-isolate 

    • If an instructor feels any symptoms starting during an instructional session, they must inform the participants and immediately end the session.  Participants will be reimbursed/rescheduled.  

    • Instructors will not be penalized, and will be paid sick pay if they stay home because they feel sick.

 

  • Post-course disclosure agreement for Instructors

    • HUB coordinators and instructors must maintain easily accessible lists of names and contact information for all program participants, to allow for quick contact tracing if required. 

    • Instructors should continuously monitor their health and if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested and follow procedures put in place by Public Health.  

  • For detailed procedures for shared vehicle transportation or shared equipment refer to current Bike to School COVID-19 protocols.

 

What You Can Do:

  • Equipment: Participants should make every effort to bring a bicycle in good working order to minimize an instructor’s need to touch the bicycle.

  • Hand hygiene: Hand washing or sanitizing before and after the program is highly encouraged. 

  • Personal Protective Equipment: Participants are encouraged but not required to wear a mask in outdoor settings, especially when unable to maintain appropriate physical distancing (min 2m between people).  When a program takes place inside participants are required to wear non-medical masks at all times. They are the participant’s responsibility to bring and should be clean, fit appropriately, and be put on with clean hands. 

  • Pre-screening/self-disclosure procedure for Participants: Participants are requested to cancel or refrain from participating in any program if:

    • They are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 (refer to this self-assessment tool from BC Government).  they, or anybody in their household, are diagnosed with COVID-19, until a minimum period of 10 days or until COVID-19 is resolved by a negative test

    • they are required to quarantine or self-isolate based on federal or provincial travel requirements

    • they have been directed by Public Health to self-isolate 

    • If a participant arrives at a program showing any COVID-19 related symptoms, they will be politely asked to leave immediately and reschedule for a later date.

    • Flexible cancellation policies apply for last minute changes due to COVID-19 symptoms or changes in public health guidance.

Symptoms of COVID-19 likely include but are not limited to: 

  • new or worsening cough

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • temperature equal to or over 38°C

  • feeling feverish

  • chills

  • fatigue or weakness

  • muscle or body aches

  • new loss of smell or taste

  • headache

  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)

  • feeling very unwell

  • Children tend to have abdominal symptoms and skin changes or rashes.