Contact Tracing Policy-2FIRST Canada has a primary focus of ensuring the safety of our participants and community during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they participate in the 2021-22 FIRST Season. As such, we have developed the following COVID-19 Protocols and Policies to reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure and spread at in-person indoor events in Ontario. Safety recommendations are taken from Health Canada and Public Health Ontario

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. We are constantly evaluating the current situation, thus our policies and protocols may change due to updated advice, guidelines, and mandates from Health Canada and Public Health Ontario. In many cases timelines for changes are specified in this document. All updates will be made available at this website https://www.firstroboticscanada.org/covid19/ and will also be communicated via Program Update emails and event specific emails. Specific venues may have their own specific requirements, which will be published in advance of the event, and which may change some of our procedures. Policies on mandatory vaccination and masking will remain in place for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

We know that vaccinations combined with public health measures like mandatory wearing of masks, increased ventilation, physical distancing, washing your hands, and staying home if you don’t feel well, are the best defences against COVID-19, and we will be applying these types of measures to our in-person events.  All details on all COVID-19 safety protocols and policies are available in the documents linked below. Some major policies and protocols of note:

  • All attendees of any in-person indoor FIRST Canada event held in Ontario who are eligible and able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine must present proof of full vaccination, in order to attend an event. Please see the Vaccination Policy below for full details
  • Masks are mandatory at any in-person indoor FIRST Canada event held in Ontario
  • Events will have capacity limits dependent on both the Provincial mandates and the restrictions of our venues
  • Teams will be limited to a proportional amount of attendees based on the event capacity
  • Team pit areas will be approximately spaced at 2m apart and will be limited to 8 members in their pit at any given time. Teams will be also be required to maintain a specified distance between other teams in the stands
  • Teams will submit a list of all event attendees as part of their Team Roster, which will be used for contact tracing. All attendees will receive a non-transferable wristband at registration and must show this wristband to verify access to the event. 

We thank you for your ongoing diligence as we work to support our community through a safe return to play. We know the pandemic has been an incredible struggle for our community, but we are constantly inspired by your perseverance and dedication to the health and safety of all our communities.