TVDSA Protocols for In-Person Activities and Events

TVDSA is utilizing the Idaho Central District Health (CDH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to protect the public, as well as our members and volunteers, from the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep in mind, due to the nature of our membership and their elevated risk factors, some of our requirements may be more stringent than those offered by the CDC and CDH. Additionally, our updates will most likely lag the public guidance; however, TVDSA will make changes as new info is available in a deliberate and measured way.  We want to avoid the “waffling” effect that occurs when changes are made prematurely then have to be moved back again. 

NOTE: Event Leads will be provided with kits containing PPE (personal protective equipment) and other supplies as well as a quick-read thermometer.  We request that you bring your own PPE if you are more comfortable with that.  If your mask is not compliant, you may be asked to use one provided for you.

All TVDSA Leads, Staff and Volunteers will follow the same guidance as Participants.

By attending a TVDSA activity or event, you and any minors in your care agree to follow these protocols and rules:

General Guidance

  • Activities and events will be held outdoors.  Guidance will be updated before indoor events are allowed.
  • The number of participants will be limited to 50 or less.
    • Please note that the number of participants for each event/activity may vary and will be left up to the discretion and comfort of the event organizer.
  • Participants must RSVP and receive a confirmation of attendance from the event organizer before attending a TVDSA event/activity. Currently we will NOT be allowing drop-ins to activities/events in order to maintain participation limits.
  • Six feet of social distancing will be maintained between individuals not of the same household.
  • We all know that some of our participants may have a hard time with keeping socially distant, therefore, face coverings will be worn over the nose and mouth AT ALL TIMES in addition to six-foot social distancing.
    • Exemptions for:
      • children under the age of 5
      • Any person while consuming food or drink. Participants must be stationary while eating or drinking. Social distancing must be maintained while unmasked and eating or drinking.
      • NOTE: At this time there will be NO exemptions for people who are vaccinated though that may change later.
  • Participants and Staff will wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Stay home when sick or when exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever (99.5 F or higher)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Cough
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of smell or taste
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
  • All Participants, Staff and Volunteers  will have their temperatures taken by the event organizer at the event/activity. Anyone with a temperature over 99.5 F will not be allowed to attend.
  • All Participants, Staff/Volunteers 18 or older must sign the TVDSA In-Person Event Screening Form and Liability Waiver no more than two days before participation.  Temperature reading and form review will occur when arriving at the event.
  • It is recommended that snacks or other similar materials NOT be distributed at the events and this time, however, if that is to be done it is suggested to use pre-packaged individual portions and avoid passing between individuals.

TVDSA Staff will:

  • Ensure the meeting area will be Cleaned/Sanitized as needed.
  • Complete screening form no more than two days prior to the event.
  • Take the temperature of all participants as they arrive and confirm no changes to waiver.
  • Enforce guidelines listed above.
  • Provide sanitizer and other PPE as needed for participants.
  • Self sanitize between interactions with participants as needed.

Event Participants will:

  • Comply with guidelines listed above.
  • RSVP to the event as required.
  • Complete screening form no more than two days prior to the event.
  • Allow temperature to be taken the day of the event.
  • Self sanitize when arriving at the event.
  • Comply with instructions from TVDSA Staff

Water Specific Events

For water specific event we are also following the CDC guidance. The CDC is not aware of any scientific reports of the virus that causes COVID-19 spreading to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, water playgrounds, or other treated aquatic venues. Our guidance would apply for both public and private water venues.

We will observe identical protocols when participants are NOT in the water, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and such as noted above.

TVDSA Recommends:

  • The use of cloth cloth masks among staff and patrons. Cloth masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet (a few inches longer than a typical pool noodle, both in and out of the water) apart from people you don’t live with.
  • Participants, Staff and Volunteers wearing cloth masks not to wear them in the water. A wet cloth mask can make it difficult to breathe and likely will not work correctly. This means it is particularly important to maintain social distancing when in the water.
  • Everyone bring a second (or extra) cloth mask in case the first one gets wet.
  • Participants, Staff and Volunteers not to touch their cloth masks when wearing them.

When Entering, In or Exiting the aquatic feature, Participants, Staff and Volunteers will:

  • NOT be required to wear a mask, however, masks should be worn when moving to and from the feature.
  • Be required to maintain 6 or more feet of social distance while in the feature.
    • Exceptions to social distancing should be made to:
      • Rescue a distressed swimmer, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), or provide first aid; or
      • Evacuate the water or aquatic facility (such as at gyms) due to an emergency.
  • Stagger the use of the aquatic feature as needed to limit participant proximity.
  • Assign separate entries and exits to encourage everyone to move in one direction, if possible.

Indoor Activities/Events

TVDSA is not currently recommending or hosting any indoor activities until further notice.

We recognize that this is a difficult and unusual situation and appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you do not feel that you can follow these protocols, we ask that you not participate in any current in-person TVDSA activities or events. These protocols will be updated to comply with any changes the CDH and the CDC may make to their COVID-19 policies and recommendations.