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COVID GUIDELINES

Lime Rock Park in Lakeville CT has been certified as a STATE APPROVED COVID-SAFE FACILITY, compliant with all re-opening rules, and is registered with the State of Connecticut.

Lime Rock and Round Hill Highland Games will follow all State of Connecticut and TAHD (Torrington Area Health District) guidelines to do our best to maintain a Covid-safe facility and event. For Outdoor Fairs and Festivals, social distancing of 6’ is to be maintained between unrelated individuals or groups, or those not in the same household.

Lime Rock Park and Round Hill Highland Games shall have the right at any time and in its sole discretion to refuse admission to or eject from Lime Rock Park or from any facility in Lime Rock Park any person for conduct which may be unsafe, discourteous, verbally or physically abusive, influenced by alcohol, drugs or controlled substances, or may otherwise diminish the safety, health, or enjoyment of others on the premises or the conduct of our event.

Enhanced Health & Safety Protocols

Exceeding the State’s guidelines:

  • Capacity count in each area is limited to 200 people, excluding competitors, judges and staff

  • Maximum of 400 persons inside buildings

  • Spectators and competitors should follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining 6' spacing between unrelated individuals or groups, or those not in the same household

  • Masks are required indoors at all times, and outdoors when social distancing of 6’ between unrelated individuals or groups, or those not in the same household, is not possible

  • Hand sanitizer stations are positioned throughout Lime Rock Park, with sanitizer donated from Litchfield Distillery, a local business in Litchfield CT

  • CDC-recommended cleaning and disinfecting guidelines are followed for common areas, with spray bottles donated by Lowes Home Improvement in Torrington CT, including periodic cleaning of high-touch surfaces in bathrooms, door handles and handrails throughout the event

  • All food and drink vendors are to wear masks and gloves while serving guests, and are to regularly disinfect commonly-touched surfaces in their areas

  • Vendors and Clan Tent hosts are to wear masks when interacting with customers, and are to regularly disinfect commonly-touched surfaces in their areas

  • Clear signage reinforcing re-opening guidelines are posted throughout the park

  • Staff has been trained to follow and enforce safety guidelines

  • A designated Covid officer will be on site to answer any questions and enforce our re-opening guidelines and practices

COVID Vaccinations & Travel

Vaccinations are a personal medical choice, and proof of Covid vaccination is NOT a requirement for attending or competing in the Games.

Proof of a negative Covid test is not required to attend or compete in the Games, as your medical history is confidential pursuant to HIPPA laws.

 

As of March 19, 2021, the Governor’s Executive Order No. 9S, Section 1, regarding travel is NO longer in effect

Online Registration & Tickets, Waivers

On-line ticket purchases and camping reservations will be made available at a discount on our website to encourage contactless payment.

All competitors will be required to register on-line, where contactless payment is provided.

All attendees and competitors will be required to sign a Covid Waiver upon arrival at Lime Rock Park. Parents must sign for children under 18 years of age. Waivers will affirm the following:

  • Each person has not been diagnosed with any communicable disease, including Covid-19, within the past thirty (30) days.

  • Each person has not exhibited any symptoms of any communicable disease, including Covid-19, including but not limited to fever and/or chills, coughing, cold-like symptoms, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea within the past thirty (30) days.

  • Acknowledgement of risks of contracting any communicable disease, including Covid-19, by entering the premises, attending the event, or competing in the Games, and hold harmless the staff, volunteers, principals, officers, and all other entities of both Round Hill Highland Games, Inc. and Lime Rock Park..

Social Distancing &
Mask Wearing

Following the CDC's new Covid-19 guidelines for wearing masks indoors, CT Gov. Lamont announced that starting on May 19 fully vaccinated people will not be required to wear masks indoors or outdoors. RHHG will not request proof of vaccination. 

Masks are optional for all attendees and competitors. Masks should be worn directly on the face, covering the nose and mouth.

 

Social distancing is required by the State of Connecticut between unrelated individuals or groups, or those not in the same household. This does not apply to competitors during competition.

Designated seating in entertainment areas will be marked to maintain distancing between groups in the audience. A 12’ distance between the first row of the audience and performers must be maintained, as the entertainers are not required to wear masks while performing. Audiences should not approach the stage or performance area.

Competition Events: Per the State of Connecticut Public Health Guidelines, sports and associated competition activities where the nature of play is such that two or more competitors would be expected to have no or infrequent direct contact and/or rare contact within 6 feet, such as track contest and individual competitions, do not require mask wearing during active competition either indoors or outdoors.

Highland Games athletic competitions do not involve team play or close contact between competitors, and therefore mask wearing is not required. Competitors are asked to maintain a 6' distance from judges and spectators.

Pipe Band, Drum Major, Solo Piping and Drumming competitors are not required to wear a mask while competing. A 12' distance will be marked and maintained between competition areas and judges, and spectators per EUSPBA rules.

Competition Guidelines

All sports are subject to Connecticut Department of Public Health Guidelines. Consideration for these guidelines include low community levels of COVID-19, level of intensity of activity, physical closeness/distance of competitors, short length of time that competitors are close to each other or to staff, outdoor setting of the activity, ability to engage in physical distancing while not actively engaged in play such as during practice, on sidelines or staging areas.

Per the State of Connecticut Public Health Guidelines, participants in non-contact sports show lower rates of COVID-19 than contact sports, and participants in outdoor sports show lower rates of COVID-19 than indoor sports.

The LOWEST risk of contracting any communicable disease, including Covid, is considered to be outdoor sporting events, individual competitions, and small teams.

 

Highland Games athletic competitions do not involve team play or close contact between competitors, and therefore mask wearing is optional during competition. Competitors are asked to maintain a 6' distance from judges and spectators.

Pipe Band, Drum Major, Solo Piping and Drumming competitors are not required to wear a mask while competing. A 12' distance will be marked and maintained between competition areas and judges, and spectators per EUSPBA rules.

A list of competitors with contact information will be maintained through online registration, where contactless payment is provided.

  • Competitors will be required to sign waivers on-site. This information may be made available to health officials upon request for the purposes of contact tracing.

  • Masks are not required while competing or judging, however wearing of masks is optional for each individual.

  • Common equipment will be wiped down after each use by athletes or staff with sanitary wipes or a spray solution.

  • Competitors' tents used for staging areas must be spaced at least 6' between each tent.

  • Foot Races and similar competition will ensure a 6' spacing between competitors at start lines.

Isolation Area and EMS

In alignment with TAHD Covid-19 health protocols, an isolation area will be provided by Lime Rock's EMT staff, in the case that any attendee becomes ill with symptoms consistent with Covid-19 during the event.

EMS personnel are always on hand at Lime Rock Park for any emergency. Lime Rock’s Director of Emergency Services, Zach Sawicki, has put in place rigid protocols for each emergency response, and all EMS staff are trained in Covid-safe procedures.

RHHG's Covid Officer will be available throughout the day to answer any COVID-related questions.