What are the safety protocols?

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Does anyone know whether there is a list of safety protocols. I don't see a thread in figure skating edge. I will check out the 'General Info' post here to see if there was a press statement. I would imagine that spectators will not be allowed, or else there will be stringent requirements instituted regarding seating distance and wearing masks, as well as temperature screening?

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Okay, I see in the general info thread that 'no spectators' are allowed, which is sad for fans and for Las Vegas and the economy. But safety first is important. There will surely be proactive measures in place to ensure health of the athletes, officials, and rink staff.
 

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Does anyone know whether there is a list of safety protocols. ...

There will surely be proactive measures in place to ensure health of the athletes, officials, and rink staff.

Yes, of course, there are many COVID safety protocols in place for Skate America.
They are explained in detail in a long section of the Announcement document.

The safety protocols also are discussed at length in the Media Information document -- because credentialed media who attend Skate America in person are required to comply with all the safety protocols.

Both documents are readily accessible on the ISU event page:

I think the USFS safety protocols are very well thought out.
The general idea is that USFS is creating a bubble.
For anyone who really cares to know what exactly is in the safety protocols, please take the time to read the documents.

I am not going to go back now to re-read everything, and certainly am not going to attempt to include all the details in this post. But IIRC, some examples of what I remember off the top of my head:
- The process starts two weeks in advance, when everyone (not only skaters) who will attend must begin using a designated app to report health information (I think temperature checks and the like).​
- Everyone is encouraged to reduce public interactions leading up to arrival in Las Vegas.​
- Everyone must arrive in Las Vegas two to three days in advance for mandatory COVID testing.​
- Everyone must stay at the Orleans Hotel, which is adjacent to the Orleans Arena venue. Hotel check-in will be at the arena (which is closed to the public) -- not at the front desk of the hotel (which is at an entrance in a public area of the casino).​
- Everyone must quarantine in her/his hotel room until her/his COVID test comes back negative.​
- All public areas of the casino are outside the bubble. Off limits, in other words.​
- Everyone in the bubble must get meals from the USFS dining room. No delivery of food from outside.​
- Everyone must wear masks everywhere -- except skaters who are warming up or who are on ice.​
- Obviously, no one is allowed to leave the bubble. If you leave, you must go through testing and quarantine again.​
- Credentialed media who have met the requirements to be within the bubble nonetheless will have no in-person contact with skaters, coaches, etc. The mixed zone will be virtual, not in person. Ditto for press conferences. Ditto for one-on-one interviews.​
(There also is a separate category of media who will be credentialed to cover the event remotely and who will not be allowed inside the bubble.)​
Etc.​
Etc.​
Etc.​



ETA (on Oct 15):

Adding here what I already said days ago in a different Skate America thread:​
The very short walking distance between the Orleans Hotel and the Orleans Arena is even more of an advantage than it was last year.​
As far as I could see, most of last year's skaters/coaches/officials [also many spectators] were in the habit of taking the outdoor route for the easy walk back and forth btwn hotel and arena.​
Even the indoor route bypasses the casino areas.​
 
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Yes, of course, there are many COVID safety protocols in place for Skate America.
They are explained in detail in a long section of the Announcement document.

The safety protocols also are discussed at length in the Media Information document -- because credentialed media who attend Skate America in person are required to comply with all the safety protocols.

Both documents are readily accessible on the ISU event page:

I think the USFS safety protocols are very well thought out.
The general idea is that USFS is creating a bubble.
For anyone who really cares to know what exactly is in the safety protocols, please take the time to read the documents.

I am not going to go back now to re-read everything, and certainly am not going to attempt to include all the details in this post. But IIRC, some examples of what I remember off the top of my head:
- The process starts two weeks in advance, when everyone (not only skaters) who will attend must begin using a designated app to report health information (I think temperature checks and the like).​
- Everyone is encouraged to reduce public interactions leading up to arrival in Las Vegas.​
- Everyone must arrive in Las Vegas two to three days in advance for mandatory COVID testing.​
- Everyone must stay at the Orleans Hotel, which is adjacent to the Orleans Arena venue. Hotel check-in will be at the arena (which is closed to the public) -- not at the front desk of the hotel (which is at an entrance in a public area of the casino).​
- Everyone must quarantine in her/his hotel room until her/his COVID test comes back negative.​
- All public areas of the casino are outside the bubble. Off limits, in other words.​
- Everyone in the bubble must get meals from the USFS dining room. No delivery of food from outside.​
- Everyone must wear masks everywhere -- except skaters who are warming up or who are on ice.​
- Obviously, no one is allowed to leave the bubble. If you leave, you must go through testing and quarantine again.​
- Credentialed media who have met the requirements to be within the bubble nonetheless will have no in-person contact with skaters, coaches, etc. The mixed zone will be virtual, not in person. Ditto for press conferences. Ditto for one-on-one interviews.​
(There also is a separate category of media who will be credentialed to cover the event remotely and who will not be allowed inside the bubble.)​
Etc.​
Etc.​
Etc.​



ETA (on Oct 15):

Adding here what I already said days ago in a different Skate America thread:​
The very short walking distance between the Orleans Hotel and the Orleans Arena is even more of an advantage than it was last year.​
As far as I could see, most of last year's skaters/coaches/officials [also many spectators] were in the habit of taking the outdoor route for the easy walk back and forth btwn hotel and arena.​
Even the indoor route bypasses the casino areas.​
Wow....I am impressed...sounds like they are doing about everything they can. The hardest thing to control is the incubation period from the time a credentialed person arrives at Airport X, flys out and leaves Las Vegas Airport and takes surface transportation to the Hotel. They can test negative for quite awhile yet be asymptomatic and then infectous. But with a short event, this shouldnt be a problem for them. (The 3M 8511 N95 masks are still available on Ebay for only 500% -1000 % markup, along with medical grade surgical masks. ) I would be very surprised if this becomes a super spreader event with these protocals. Thanks.
 

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The safety bubble also is discussed on p. 34 of the Skate America event program [ETA: and the same article also is here]:

Skating In A Bubble
Safety Top Priority At Skate America

https://online.flippingbook.com/view/446888/36/ (p. 36 of the Flipping Book pagination)​

Examples of additional details:​

- "A designated bank of four [hotel] elevators will be exclusively used for the event, and everyone will stay on three dedicated floors of the hotel."​
- "At the arena, there are two locker rooms for ladies, two for men and two for officials. There are also two dining rooms, which include tables for four people, with plexiglass three feet high separating each seat. Having extra locker rooms and dining areas allows arena staff to keep each of those areas clean and sanitized." ...​
'The dining rooms will be closed for 15 minutes every hour for a deep clean -- new linens, wipe down the plexiglass. There is always going to be one open, sometimes two.'"​
- "Having held the event last year at the Orleans Arena, [Bob] Dunlop [of USFS] said, has been a huge advantage in planning this event during these unprecedented times.​
'The Arena is a good partner,' Dunlop said. 'It's been much easier to implement than if it would have been the first time around.'"​



Excerpt from Mervin Tran's "Airplane Ramblings" yesterday (emphasis added):

I know for a fact that the organizers of this event and that US Figure Skating has taken the utmost precautions when it comes to hosting Skate America. When I arrive, I will be immediately tested from the airport and then isolated to my hotel room until I get my results. During the event, we will be in a social bubble quarantined from the population of the city of Las Vegas. It's been made fully aware that we will not be given any warnings of misconduct. We will be ejected if we compromise the event in any way. Is this annoying? Yes. Is it necessary? Abso-f***ing-lutely.

(This morning Mervin's Instastory said, "Test came back undetected! First obstacle completed.")
 
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Seems like they've done a good job with the planning for SA. If this goes well I can easily imagine them holding Nationals at the Orleans as well.
 

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I'm impressed and pleasantly surprised by this protocol. It's not quite a total "bubble" like they had for the NBA, since they're not quarantining for a full two weeks after arriving in Vegas/before competing. But I do hope it's successful.
 

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The safety bubble also is discussed on p. 34 of the Skate America event program [ETA: and the same article also is here]:

Skating In A Bubble
Safety Top Priority At Skate America

https://online.flippingbook.com/view/446888/36/ (p. 36 of the Flipping Book pagination)​

Examples of additional details:​

- "A designated bank of four [hotel] elevators will be exclusively used for the event, and everyone will stay on three dedicated floors of the hotel."​
- "At the arena, there are two locker rooms for ladies, two for men and two for officials. There are also two dining rooms, which include tables for four people, with plexiglass three feet high separating each seat. Having extra locker rooms and dining areas allows arena staff to keep each of those areas clean and sanitized." ...​
'The dining rooms will be closed for 15 minutes every hour for a deep clean -- new linens, wipe down the plexiglass. There is always going to be one open, sometimes two.'"​
- "Having held the event last year at the Orleans Arena, [Bob] Dunlop [of USFS] said, has been a huge advantage in planning this event during these unprecedented times.​
'The Arena is a good partner,' Dunlop said. 'It's been much easier to implement than if it would have been the first time around.'"​



Excerpt from Mervin Tran's "Airplane Ramblings" yesterday (emphasis added):

I know for a fact that the organizers of this event and that US Figure Skating has taken the utmost precautions when it comes to hosting Skate America. When I arrive, I will be immediately tested from the airport and then isolated to my hotel room until I get my results. During the event, we will be in a social bubble quarantined from the population of the city of Las Vegas. It's been made fully aware that we will not be given any warnings of misconduct. We will be ejected if we compromise the event in any way. Is this annoying? Yes. Is it necessary? Abso-f***ing-lutely.

(This morning Mervin's Instastory said, "Test came back undetected! First obstacle completed.")
I am so old that I remember when people could be emphatic without using the F word! "Ask NOT what your (F***ing) country can do for you, ask what you can do for your (F***ing) country."
 

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I'm impressed and pleasantly surprised by this protocol. It's not quite a total "bubble" like they had for the NBA, since they're not quarantining for a full two weeks after arriving in Vegas/before competing. But I do hope it's successful.
It may well be. Because of the nature of Covid...the incubation period, time to symptoms if any, time to virus shedding, time to positive tests...the whole event could be over before a super spreader event could happen, especially with these protocals.
 
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