Staying Healthy at the Games
As the Games bring together people from every region of the province, participants should keep in mind that they are travelling, competing, eating, staying in accommodation, and attending events with 1000's of other individuals. In addition to the participants, hundreds of volunteers will be at venues and events supporting Games operations. That's a lot of people coming together at various locations and events!
Appropriate precautions are put into place to help minimize health risks. Safety measures are developed and implemented for each Games in consultation with provincial and local public health officials and in partnership with the host society and venue owners. We strive to ensure participants and volunteers are provided with the safest experience possible.
We want everyone involved in the Games to enjoy their experience and leave the Games with memories and not illness!
Personal Tool Kit
There are many tools that can help protect participants and volunteers at communicable diseases such as the flu and COVID-19. It is up to each person to make use of these tools to keep themselves and others safe at the Games.
- Vaccines – It’s important to remember that COVID-19 is one of many things that can impact our health. Staying up to date with all vaccines available to you will support your overall health.
Masks – The Games are a mask-friendly environment. Except for when required, wearing a mask is a personal choice. No one should be made to feel as though they are being judged for choosing to wear a mask-respecting the personal comfort level of others is imperative. Wear a mask in places where it is required.
- Clean hands – Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer often, such as before eating and after being in public spaces or after handling shared objects
- Monitor yourself – It is important to monitor your health. Before you come to the Games, consider completing the BCCDC Self-Assessment to ensure you feel healthy enough to travel. While at the Games, continue asking yourself these questions each morning and talk to your coach if you are feeling unwell.
- Refer to the BCCDC Your Personal Toolkit for more resources and tips.
During the Games, participants should consider how they are feeling and use the BCCDC Self Assessment Tool and tell their coach or Provincial Advisor if they are not feeling well.
Volunteers should do this assessment before they arrive at their shift each day and report to their Chair or supervisor if they are not feeling well.
This tool helps to identify people who should consider staying away from others until you feel well enough to resume your regular activities.
Note that sometimes symptoms may suddenly worsen and require urgent medical care. Pay attention to how you are feeling. If symptoms worsen report it immediately.