Event Attendee Safety Policy
Last updated: 10/5/21
The American Poolplayers Association (APA) takes the safety of our members and guests seriously. Controlling and preventing the spread of and exposure to COVID-19 at our events is of utmost importance to APA. We endeavor to create as safe an environment for all event guests as we can. The event will require guests to be around large numbers of people. If you are uncomfortable with these policy guidelines, we encourage you to NOT come to this event.
If you are sick, or have tested positive for COVID-19, do not come to the event area.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course Tuesday, July 27, on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant of the coronavirus is fueling infection surges.
State health officials announced Tuesday, July 27, 2021, that Nevada will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest mask guidance.
The new requirement means everyone, including fully vaccinated people, must wear a mask in public indoor settings in counties with high transmission of COVID-19, beginning Friday, July 30.
Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, is one of 12 counties in Nevada currently with substantial or high transmission rates, and therefore falls under this mask mandate.
APA made a commitment to its Members to hold this event if circumstances allow. Thanks to the extraordinary work of APA’s staff, and its League Operators, we will hold the largest World Pool Championships in APA history starting Oct. 21, 2021. For APA to hold this event, and run it from start to finish, we need to ensure that the event is in compliance with applicable regulations.
APA’s policies requiring masks in the event space are the result of the new regulations and guidelines being issued by state and local officials. APA has consulted with our host, the Westgate Las Vegas, to ensure that APA’s policies are consistent with the policies the Westgate is implementing in response to the new state and local regulations.
At this point, those regulations require all participants to be wearing masks, except in those circumstances listed below. If those regulations change, APA’s policy will change. However, at this point, everyone planning to travel to the event is hereby advised to prepare for the mask requirement to be in place during the event. And if APA staff, or volunteers, remind you about the mask requirement, they are doing so in order to ensure that authorities do not require us to end the event before it is finished. Therefore, we expect all attendees to treat staff and volunteers with respect and courtesy. Efforts to disrupt the event, or to put the continuation of the event at risk by attempting to dissuade participants from complying with applicable regulations, will result in you being barred from the event.
Attendees must wear a mask while in indoor public settings. Masks may be temporarily removed under the following circumstances:
- A participant or attendee is actively eating or drinking
- A participant is at the table shooting (must mask up following their turn at the table)
- A participant is asked to verify their identity by showing their face and their driver’s license
In the interest of running a safe event, and in furtherance of these policies, APA reserves the right to check an attendee’s temperature at any time.
You should be prepared to comply with policies that require masks on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Even where not required, CDC recommends that all travelers continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance where possible when traveling.
According to the CDC, regular hand washing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others, including COVID-19.
Event attendees should take certain personal hygiene steps to help control the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the chances of becoming sick and spreading germs to others. Handwashing and other personal hygiene practices are recommended by the CDC and state and local public health authorities. These include:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Key times to wash hands are:
- before and after your match;
- after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
- after using the restroom;
- before eating or preparing food; and
- after putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings.
- If soap and water are not immediately available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- If your hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water over hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands.
- Avoid shaking hands with others.
According to the CDC, covering coughs and sneezes can help prevent the spread of serious respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Event attendees should practice proper respiratory etiquette practices recommended by the CDC and state and local public health authorities. These include:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw used tissues into trash cans immediately after use.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds immediately after coughing or sneezing into a tissue (or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not immediately available).
Monitoring COVID-19 Symptoms
All event attendees, including those fully vaccinated, should follow CDC-recommended procedures for monitoring COVID-19 symptoms. These include:
- Be alert for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop. Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exertion or taking medications that can lower your temperature, such as acetaminophen.
- Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms.
These policies are subject to change at any time. Check back here regularly for any updates. If major applicable government policies or the policies of the Westgate change, i.e. mask mandates, capacity restrictions, etc., we will notify you. To ensure that the event is not disrupted, we reserve the right to require you to follow federal, state, local or Westgate policies.