Tournament COVID-19 Safety & Mitigation Plans

This Safety and Mitigation Plan (the “Plan”) is adopted to address protocols and procedures to be followed by participants in the Ludington Offshore Classic & Big Boys Fishing Tournament to avoid any risk of contagion of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death. This disease is easily spread from person to person. Health authorities and the State of Michigan acknowledge that there is currently no approved vaccine or antiviral treatment for this disease.

 

In the absence of a State of Michigan Executive Order preventing or otherwise restricting people from leaving their homes, or engaging in outdoor recreational activity, such as boating and/or fishing, the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce and the event committee will sponsor the 2020 Ludington Offshore Classic & Big Boys Fishing Tournament. In light of the current public health and safety climate, the sponsors establish the following important changes to this event:

 

  • Participants and volunteers will be required to execute a special Release and Waiver of Liability regarding COVID-19.

  • Registration must be completed online prior to the event. In-person contact with staff and volunteers shall be avoided. 

  • The Tournament will not distribute Captains’ bags and rules booklets. Rules and other participant information will be distributed to participants electronically.

  • There will be no food, drink, or merchandise tents available on site. Merchandise will be made available for participants to purchase online prior, during, and after the event.

  • Weigh-in will occur in the parking lot of the Tournament site as per the following protocols: 1) All participants shall line up in their vehicles and wait their turn to approach the weigh-in stations; 2) Volunteers will remove coolers from vehicles, weigh fish and return the coolers to the participants’ vehicles. Participants shall remain in their vehicles at all times. 

  • Captains’ meetings will be held virtually. No in-person Captain’s meeting will be held. 

  • Weigh-in and awards ceremonies will be broadcast live on Facebook. 

  • Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks whenever maintaining 6 feet of distance between themselves and/or participants and/or the general public is not possible. 

  • Masks, hand sanitizer, and hand washing stations will be available for staff, volunteers and participants to use. 

  • Captains will be required to agree in writing that they will be responsible for making sure their crew and everyone aboard adheres to safety guidelines set forth by the State of Michigan regarding self-screening, the number of people on a vessel and the application of social distancing as mandated by State authorities.

  • Staff, volunteers, and participants will execute a Self-Assessment Affidavit stating that they have not travelled outside the country in the last 14 days, they have not experienced any symptoms identified by the CDC as possible indicators of contagion.

  • Similarly, while involved in the event, staff, volunteers, and participants agree to stay home when sick; cover coughs and sneezes; wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth; and properly disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

  • Participants will be encouraged to wear a face covering when maintaining a 6-foot minimum distance of separation from other participants who are not members of their household is not possible. Face coverings will be required of participants when maintaining a 6-foot minimum distance of separation from staff or volunteers is not possible.

  • The Ludington Offshore Classic Committee strongly encourages anyone at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions or age to stay home and not participate in the Tournament.

The Committee will maintain contact with Mason County Health Emergency personnel and will disseminate to participants any emergency update via the CODE RED application. Text LUDOFFSHORE2020 to 99411 to sign up to receive those communications.

On behalf of the tournament committee and our sponsors, we want everyone to be safe, and have fun!