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Dear Member:

The OABA is committed to addressing the needs of our members. With this in mind, our Chair, Debbie Powers, has created the Crisis Communications Committee (CCC) to inform members of important issues that arise. Originally, it was intended to provide members with templates for evacuation planning, weather related emergencies, and the like.

For now, the focus of this group will be responding to the COVID-19 crisis and what information the OABA can provide its members to get them back on the road again. We are committed to publishing information on a regular basis with information coming from members, associates, sister agencies, departments of health, the CDC and elected officials. These are not guidelines. They are suggested talking points that will assist you in starting conversations with your partners and governmental officials. We will share the experiences of your peers, and use technology to encourage the exchange of information and ideas between members.

Each physical event is different in every geographical location. It is most important that we are providing you the information you need. Please communicate with me, our board or staff, on topics you wish to hear about, or to share a great idea.

Below is information that should assist you with ensuring you have updated and enhanced protocols to keep your staff, as well as our guests, safe and healthy. This information, when used in light of its intended purpose, should also assist in communicating with your events, and hopefully get us all back on the road and back to entertaining our guests.

Greg Chiecko
President & CEO
OABA

CARNIVALS ARE READY TO OPEN

Suggested talking points to consider when speaking with your partners and officials

President Trump has issued “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.”  It is a straightforward approach of returning to the “new normal.”  Below please find some suggestions for you to start conversations with your partners and officials.  These are not guidelines and are not applicable to all events.  They are meant to provide you discussion points to start conversations.  It is obvious that different jurisdictional authorities will have a say in opening large venue events. All will be driven by geographical viral statistics. Now is the time to open a proactive dialog with your fairs, event sponsors, or committees about how the outdoor amusement industry is committed to open by practicing important protocols to keep our employees and guests safe. While some of these talking points seem rather obvious, they are all assembled in one place.

Suggestions:

         Inquire with your events who will be making the decision if the event will be allowed to open.  Will it be event management, health officials, elected officials or a combination of all?
         Are there opportunities for postponement?
         Ask the event their perception of being allowed to open. Do they have a drop-dead date to make open/close determination?  What is the plan to work with local officials?  Would you be open to myself, or a member of my staff, participating in these meetings? 
         Inquire what their plan is to protect their employees and guests.
         Share your plans and protocols for protection of employees and guests. Ask if there is anything else, they, or other officials, would like you to address.
         Are there any plans to limit crowd capacities?
         Do they have a plan for social distancing?
         Ask if there is anything you can assist with in providing a safe environment.
         Are there any adjustments (financial or other) that need to be addressed in your agreement?
         Explain that events canceled prior to their event might cause substantial extra transportation costs.  It might not be financially feasible to service a one-off event.
         Are there any additional liabilities that need to be discussed?
         Is the event in contact with other area tourism attractions?  Are they working on a unified plan?

The following represents some of the ideas you may wish to discuss with your event partner about specific protocols you can bring to the table.

Suggested talking points to consider when speaking with your partners and officials

For Employees:

         Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for team members to promote proper respiratory hygiene.  Follow local guidelines for use.
         Promote health screening procedures for team members. Establish protocols for the results of the screenings.  Take daily temperatures and document results.  If high temperature is recorded follow self-quarantine guidelines.
         Ensure that all persons with the company know the symptoms of COVID-19 and follow current protocols if systems develop.
         Follow CDC and local guidelines for testing and quarantine.
         Provide adequate handwashing stations and hand sanitizing products in employee common areas and for personal use.  Employees must wash hands thoroughly before and after shift/break.  Use sanitizing products often.
         Provide adequate laundry and personal hygiene access for team members.  Uniforms should be washed immediately after each shift.  Common areas, such as showers, should be sanitized after each use.
         Provide and encourage adequate social distancing space in common areas.
         Promote/require adequate social distancing space between team members and guests.
         Provide signage for all employee areas supporting the policies above.
         Assign show personnel to monitor and ensure compliance of the policies above. 

For Guests:

         Disinfect high touch points of all rides, games and food concessions at least three times per day. European parks are sanitizing very often and the public’s response to this is very positive. There are several products that can be used that provide long-term (some 6 months) sanitizing. There are also paint additives that can provide long-term virus protection. Consider electrostatic sprayers or ultraviolet lights.
         Provide additional handwashing stations and hand sanitizer stations.  Use signage to encourage guest compliance.
         Consider plexiglass shields between employees and guests to minimize direct contact.
         Remove or leave open high contact objects like restroom doors.
         Suggest the use of straight line or “L” formation queue lines and not serpentine. 
         Remove things that are not being used like extra queue rails.
         Encourage the use of touchless payment systems.
         Communicate and promote, with signs and public service announcements, the need for social distancing where possible.
         Establish central height measurement stations and use color coded wrist bands to indicate which rides a patron may go on. This minimizes several extra touch points.
         Consider limiting ride and game capacities to provide social distance.
         Consider fun and creative signage to reiterate all of the above.

PURPOSES OF THIS INFORMATION

No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without the written permission of the OABA.

The information contained in this publication is provided as general suggestions for convenient reference use only and does not establish the standard of care to be followed.  They are not intended to be mandatory, exhaustive, or a dogmatic final statement in any given area.  The use of this information is completely voluntary.  Safety issues should be provided for by the parties.

It should not be assumed that any information herein will satisfy any legal requirements.  The operational program of any show should be developed with any advice needed from industry experts and legal counsel.  It is the responsibility of the user to judge the suitability of this work for a particular purpose.  The OABA does not render legal advice of any sort. 

Neither the OABA, the OABA board of directors, nor the persons who contributed information state or imply any warranty with respect to the effectiveness or validity of any service which may be made based on information presented herein.  The OABA, its officers, directors, and members assume no responsibility for direct or consequential damages or injury which may result from use of information presented herein.  No representations are made as to this work's completeness or accuracy.  No assurances are offered that implementation of all or any portion of these talking points will eliminate any hazard or exposure to loss or injury. 

The OABA may, from time to time, revise, withdraw, or add to these talking points. Comments or suggestions to improve the talking points are welcome at any time.

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