COVID-19 Safety 2022-08-04T15:52:02-04:00

Cycle for the Cause 2022 COVID-19 & MPV (Monkeypox) Preparedness & Guidelines

IMPORTANT: Please continue to check back regularly for most up-to-date guidelines, due to the ever-changing regional impact of COVID-19.  

COVID-19 PROTOCOL

Cycle for the Cause is prepared and excited to hit the road in 2022. We are committed to providing a safe experience for our Riders, Crew, spectators, staff, vendors, and communities that welcome us. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, as well as proof of negative rapid antigen test, will be required to participate in Cycle for the Cause. We understand that COVID-19 safety protocols are ever-changing and we are continuously monitoring and following the guidance of our event’s Medical Director, Local and State Departments of Health, and latest CDC guidance for masks, social distancing, and other safety protocols. 

PRIOR TO THE RIDE

All participants must be fully vaccinated (booster encouraged if eligible) and provide proof of vaccination, as well as proof of a negative rapid antigen test as per the below testing requirements.

The deadline to have received full vaccination is August 1, 2022. Participants will be asked to show proof of vaccination on September 14, 2022 (at Bike Drop-off) or September 15, 2022 during the event check-in process prior to departure to Boston. Any form of proof of vaccination will be accepted, including your physical vaccination card, photo, or digital pass. If you show up late to event check-in on the 15th, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination and negative test via email before arrival.

*Any concerns about this mandatory vaccination policy due to medical exemption or other should contact our team as soon as possible at mcastaneda@gaycenter.org

Testing for COVID-19 prior to the Ride

All Riders, Staff, and Crew will be asked to take a rapid antigen test no earlier than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 and no later than 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14. Test results will be on the honor system, and all will be asked to complete a very quick Negative Test Attestation prior to departure.

We encourage additional testing if you are traveling from out of the NYC region prior to these dates, and/or if you are coming from a CDC deemed “high risk” area at the time of the event. Click here to see the current status of your region. If you are traveling to the event by plane, we suggest that you test prior to your flight. Any positive test results should be reported to our team ASAP. Individuals who have reached their fundraising minimum and need to stay home due to COVID-19 will be eligible for a medical roll-over to 2023.

*Should you arrive at bus departure on Thursday, September 15 without completing a test and attestation, you will not be able to board the bus. We will have very limited tests available (for sale to you), so your access to a test through us is not guaranteed. Should you arrive directly to the hotel without completing a test and signing the form, you will not be able to check in to the hotel/event until this is completed.

Stay home if you’re sick or test positive for COVID-19

Any participant who tests positive for COVID-19, who has not yet received test results, or who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 5 days, must remain home and not participate in Cycle for the Cause.

Individuals who have reached their fundraising minimum and need to stay home due to COVID-19 will be eligible for a medical roll-over to 2023.

For those who are immunocompromised

People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines. They should talk to their healthcare providers about what additional precautions may be necessary in order to participate.

For more information, see COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised People.

How to stay safe

It is important to understand how to stay safe and protect others. Please review this information to do your part to create a safe event. 

Know the signs and symptoms 

People with COVID-19 have a wide range of signs and symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Please review this information to understand what to look for.

DURING THE RIDE

Social distancing & masking

As we are a Ride that supports/fundraises for a population that is immunocompromised, we are doing our best to ensure safety and comfort for all Riders and Crew while participating in Cycle for the Cause.

Wearing well-fitting masks is strongly encouraged during times when close indoor contact with other participants is unavoidable, such as queueing for indoor meals and programming, in vehicles, group settings, or where social distancing is not possible. Please use best judgment otherwise while indoors, for instance while sitting at a banquet table eating dinner or with your roommate inside your own room. 

Currently, we are NOT requiring Riders or Crew to wear masks outside at Rest Stops or within outdoor hotel spaces. We will be asking riders to mask within SAG/Sweep Vans and on the bus as seating is all very close in proximity. This is subject to change if infection rates increase regionally, or local guidelines change, leading into the event in September. While outdoors, we encourage Riders, Crew, and Staff to always do what makes them feel more comfortable while participating in Cycle for the Cause.

Hotel rooming assignments

As always on Cycle for the Cause, hotel rooms are double occupancy. We will be unable to accommodate special circumstances. If you would like to speak to someone on our team about this and inquire about paying/upgrading for your own rooms throughout the event, please contact mcastaneda@gaycenter.org.

PPE supplies

All participants will receive hand sanitizer and three disposable masks in their Check-In Packet. 

Feeling sick on the Ride

Any individual experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should seek medical care with our on-site medical team at the first sign of symptoms and mask immediately to mitigate any risk. Testing will be performed at the discretion of the medical team.

If a participant receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis during the Ride, our team will assist with a quarantine and safe transport-to-home plan. Any close contacts (such as a roommate) will also need to be tested. 

Our commitment to keeping you safe

Whether it’s on the bike or off, we commit to a safety first attitude during the entire Ride. To reduce the risk of COVID-19, we will follow these extra safety measures:

  • We are adhering to local and state regulatory policies and departments of public health policies and procedures.
  • We will clean high-touch surfaces and shared supplies in accordance with health and safety department guidance. 
  • We are adding extra space/outdoor options (check-in, “takeaway” meal options, etc.) at all sites to avoid overcrowding and to allow for social distancing.
  • We are promoting hand washing, masking and social distancing, and staying home or departing the Ride when sick.
  • We are increasing requirements for food service and food handling safety.
  • We are adding more PPE, rapid tests, and medical Crew team members to be extra vigilant in providing care.

Spectators, friends, and family

We encourage your friends and family to support you during the event. As in prior years, no spectators, friends, or family are permitted to join us at the hotel(s), unless given special permission in advance. Please contact mcastaneda@gaycenter.org to inquire. 

We encourage all participants to invite friends and family to our Closing Ceremony in NYC on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Details to follow. We encourage all spectators to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the Closing Celebration.

AFTER THE RIDE

I tested positive after the Ride; now what?

If you fall ill after the Ride and/or test positive for COVID-19, please contact mcastaneda@gaycenter.org.

MPV (Monkeypox)

On Saturday, July 23, WHO declared MPV (Monkeypox) a worldwide emergency. Here in the United States, New York and California have the highest number of daily confirmed cases. While vaccines are still not readily available, nor would they be fully effective by the time of the Ride, we are asking for community support in mitigating risks of spreading the virus in partnership with our team and production staff.

What you need to know:

  • MPV is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. MPV symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder. Anyone can get or transmit MPV.
  • The virus is spreading mostly through skin to skin contact or sharing of saliva. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. People who do not have MPV symptoms cannot spread the virus to others. 

How we are mitigating risk on the Ride:

  • As with COVID-19 mitigation measures, we are asking participants to be vigilant in handwashing, social distancing whenever possible, and be cautious about very close contact interactions, including skin-to-skin contact and sharing of food, drinks, water bottles, etc.
  • Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer massage therapy this year due to close bodily contact via hand/lotions. We encourage you to please bring portable massage equipment (i.e. foam rollers, thera-guns, etc).
  • Our medical team will be on-site to examine any symptoms 
  • Our staff and crew will be vigilant in:
    • Wearing gloves during food service
    • Cleaning high-touch surfaces and shared supplies in accordance with health and safety department guidance. 
    • Adding extra space/outdoor options (check-in, “takeaway” meal options, etc.) at all sites to avoid overcrowding and to allow for social distancing
  • If you have MPV symptoms, please talk to your healthcare provider even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has MPV. 
  • Please let our team know if you are exhibiting symptoms or have been confirmed as a positive viral case. If you are unable to make this year’s ride due to symptoms, we will work with you on solutions on your registration.
  • In the event of a participant needing to leave the Ride due to illness, The Center requests that the participant cover their own travel expenses home. However, The Center will work with individuals for which this is a financial hardship.

Thank you for partnering with us on what will be a safe, successful, and health-focused event for our Cycle for the Cause family.

We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at cycleforthecause@gaycenter.org.