The First and Most Important Decision
The first and most important decision is yours: Are you comfortable riding in a setting where there are other cyclists? If not, we understand and suggest that you wait until another day before riding in a group setting.
Below we will be sharing how you can participate in the event and still create distancing that you are comfortable with so that you can still join us but with a little more spacing.
While we are going to go into more detail below, each of us are still responsible for our own actions and we can only control what we can control, which is ourselves.
- Face masks are required at the start/finish venue.
- Face masks are optional during the ride.
- All participants are required to allow 6-foot social distancing at all times, including the staging area and in any standing lines.
- We strongly recommend that everyone wash their hands prior to arriving at the event.
- We recommend that each person bring their own hand sanitizer.
- If you are sick or have a fever, regardless of whether it is allergies or a simple cold, please refrain from joining the group until you are cleared medically.
- If you have traveled by air or bus in the past 2 weeks, or have come in close contact with someone that might have contracted the virus, please follow the recommendations made by the CDC (i.e. self-quarantine for 2 weeks).
Symptoms of Coronavirus
What you need to know
- Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
- Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Watch for symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you experience any of the symptoms above, DO NOT PARTICIPATE in the event.
Hand Washing Advice from the CDC
Below is an excerpt from the CDC guidelines about how to wash your hands the right way.
Key Times to Wash Hands
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before and after eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
The guidance for the list of key times to wash hands was developed based on data from a number of studies. There can also be other times when it is important to wash hands.
Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
We recommend that each participant bring and carry their own hand sanitizer to use during the day.
Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations.
If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.
Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,
- Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
- Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
- Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.
How to Use Hand Sanitizer
- Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.