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COVID-19 Update

Dear Supporters and Friends of the Georgia International Horse Park,

The Georgia International Horse Park reopened to horse shows on May 29, 2020. As part of its commitment of the continued well-being of our guests, team members, clients and participants, and in an ongoing effort to assist the community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Horse Park has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures.

The planning process on identifying a reopening date for the Georgia International Horse Park was one that was ongoing for several weeks. The City of Conyers City Council, City Officials and Park Management have been in contact with state and local health officials and fellow industry associations for guidance for a safe reopening and operating procedures. It was of utmost importance to have protocols in place for the safety of our team members and all those that visit the Horse Park.

Upcoming shows also have guidelines and protocols that are specific to their event for participants and guests. Some shows may not be open to spectators during these early stages of reopening. It is best to visit our Calendar of Events on our website to view event details. Guests and participants should also make contact with each event for event specific guidelines.

The City of Conyers and Horse Park Management will continue to evaluate the status of the Coronavirus pandemic. Protocols and guidelines will update as needed. We appreciate your cooperation and hope you are as excited as we are to welcome horse shows and events back to the Georgia International Horse Park.

Georgia International Horse Park Reopening Procedures

*Updated 6-16-2020

The health and safety of our guests, clients and team members has always been our first priority. The City of Conyers and Georgia International Horse Park are in close contact with state officials, local officials and health management experts. As the Georgia International Horse Park begins the process of welcoming events back for the 2020 event season, the venue shall implement the standards below to help insure the safety of all of our guests and team members. The City of Conyers and Horse Park Management will continue to evaluate the status of the Coronavirus pandemic and update these guidelines as needed. Together, we can keep each other healthy.


What You Can Expect from the Georgia International Horse Park Team:

• The Georgia International Horse Park will comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations, requirements and orders as they relate to mass gatherings and sporting events, including the latest Governor's Executive Order for the State of Georgia.
• Increased cleaning frequency with special attention to high-touch areas.
• Cleaning barn areas between shows, including spraying stalls with Symbiont Agricultural Wash.
• Hand sanitizing stations.
• Temperature checks, along with daily health checks, will be conducted daily prior to the beginning of work shifts.
• Employees will stay at home if sick.
• Employees are supplied with and required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
• Employees will maintain good hygiene, including washing hands frequently.
• Practicing social distancing guidelines.
• Team members will not enter areas in which a large number of people are congregated on the property.
• Keeping restroom doors open wherever possible to reduce contact.
• Public restrooms will be closed during cleaning of restrooms.

What We Ask of Our Guests:
The Georgia International Horse Park has put preventive measures in place due to the spread of Covid-19, however attending an event could increase your risk of contracting the coronavirus. By entering the facility, you voluntarily assume all risk and agree that you will not hold the Georgia International Horse Park, City of Conyers, Proof of the Pudding, Event Producers, and all associations liable for any resulting illness or injury.

• All guests must comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations, requirements and orders as they relate to mass gatherings and sporting events, including the latest Governor's Executive Order for the State of Georgia.
• Give fellow guests and event participants their space. Avoid close contact with others by standing or sitting at least 6 feet apart at all times.
• Do not congregate. Avoid congregating in areas such as the show office, barns, ringside, bleachers, seating, restrooms, or other areas. No gatherings are allowed on the property with more than 50 people, unless there is at least 6 feet between each person.
• Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when possible.
• The GIHP strongly encourages guests wear masks on property as practicable in areas that can have a high concentration of people, such as barn areas, arena complex, vendor areas, spectator areas, concession areas, show offices, registration areas, and in any indoor or covered buildings. Masks do not have to be worn when mounted on a horse, competing in a horse show or sporting event, warming up for a competition or sporting event, or while eating or drinking. Review the latest State of Georgia Executive Order for current recommendations for wearing face masks.
• Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of properly.
• Stay at home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness, including fever, couch, shortness of breath, or loss of taste.
• Stay at home if you have pre-existing health conditions or if you fall into the State of Georgia’s high-risk category for COVID-19.
• If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks, stay at home.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
• Abide by each event’s rules, regulations and protocols. Visit the Horse Park’s Calendar of Events for event specific details and contact information.
• Practice good personal hygiene habits.
• Avoid using cash when possible for payment. Bring a credit/debit card instead, or use mobile forms of payment.
• Visit the CDC’s website for the latest COVID-10 information and best prevention protocols. www.cdc.gov/COVID19

What We Ask of Our Clients:
• All event promoters must ensure that their event, participants and guests comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations, requirements and orders as they relate to mass gatherings and sporting events, including the latest Governor's Executive Order for the State of Georgia.
• Establish social distancing configurations in areas where guests or participants may congregate, such as the show office or registration area. Designating with signage, tape, tables, chairs or other means a six-foot distance for guests and staff. Space seating six-feet apart for staff and volunteers.
• Encourage social distancing practices throughout the entire show grounds or event space.
• Designate proper entrances and egress points when possible.
• Provide additional spacing in vendor areas.
• Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to staff, volunteers and other team members.
• Strongly encourage guests and participants to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Guests should be encouraged to wear masks on property as practicable in areas that have can have a high concentration of people, such as barn areas, arena complex, vendor areas, spectator areas, concession areas, show offices, registration areas, and in any indoor or covered buildings. Masks do not have to be worn when mounted on a horse, competing in a horse show or sporting event, warming up for a competition or sporting event, or when eating or drinking. Review the latest State of Georgia Executive Order for current recommendations for wearing face masks.
• Utilize online forms, apps or mobile forms of payment when possible to reduce contact with participants and guests attending events.
• Provide additional wash stations or hand sanitizing stations within areas of your layout when possible.
• Do not allow staff, volunteers or other individuals involved with an event on the GIHP property if they are showing signs of illness, including cough, fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste.
• Do not provide any candy, pens, etc., or bowls of give-a-away items to patrons or participants.
• When hosting hospitality functions, arrange seating to ensure at least six (6) feet of separation from seating to seating. Food service must comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations, requirements and orders as they relate to banquet facilities, event facilities and reception venues where food is served.
• Event promoters are responsible for dispersing people in areas in which GIHP team members need access to perform cleaning or maintenance.
• Contact your sanctioning organization for additional requirements.
• Include additional waiver information on show entry forms, show bills and/or show forms pertaining to the example below:
The Georgia International Horse Park has put preventive measures in place due to the spread of Covid-19, however attending this event could increase your risk of contracting the coronavirus. By entering the facility, you voluntarily assume all risk and agree that you will not hold the Georgia International Horse Park, Proof of the Pudding, (Show/Event Name) or (Event Management Name if Applicable) and all associations liable for any resulting illness or injury.
• Visit the CDC’s website for the latest COVID-10 information and best prevention protocols. www.cdc.gov/COVID19

*Guidelines subject to change at any time
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