As in Canada many areas of the world are well into the second wave. We have seen large outbreaks in many countries in Europe which have triggered lockdowns and difficulties in travelling to European countries or returning to Canada. COVID mitigation strategies vary widely and risk of becoming infected is higher in countries where masks, hand hygiene and distancing are not enforced. Access to local health care, the ability to travel across borders and finding flights for return to Canada are proving problematic for teams presently in Europe. At this point SMAC strongly recommends against non-essential travel to the Caribbean, Europe, or Asia. Close consultation with CMO or COPSIN medical teams is essential if any travel is deemed essential or required for Olympic/Paralympic qualification.
The travel ban across the Canada-US border has been extended and infection rates in the US continue to climb. Within Canada some provinces are placing restrictions on travel for sport within or across provincial lines. If camps or competitions are planned, please check for the latest provincial restrictions.
If you do have to travel, the following are some added precautions:
· Check the local quarantine regulations immediately prior to departure.
· Wear a mask at airport and on flight.
· Wash hands frequently in airport. Once settled in seat use hand sanitizer and wash hands again upon leaving plane and airport.
· Practice rigorous cough hygiene always.
· Use a wipe to clean the arms of the seat. Do not use the seatback table or entertainment system unless necessary and wash it with a wipe before using it.
· Choose a window seat as this minimizes contacts with others.
· Wipe down luggage including hand luggage once retrieved and exiting airport and any public transport such as a bus or taxi.