With the 2020 CrossFit Games being rescheduled and adjusted for the current global health crisis, it was expected that we would see some big changes in safety protocols. Now CrossFit HQ has released information regarding what changes they will be making to properly accommodate safety guidelines.
There were already a ton of changes being made for this year’s Games. Not only would they be moving to Aromas, California, but there will be no age group or team competition this year, minimizing the amount of attendees to just those competing in the individual events. Furthermore, athlete invites were reset, and the event will be closed to the public.
However even with this information, there were still a lot of unanswered questions about what the 2020 CrossFit Games would look like, in terms of safety protocols and procedures for the athletes. Well a recent announcement from CrossFit HQ has done a lot to answer these questions, by shedding a lot of light on what their plans are. For the most part, they will be following similar models to the NBA, by employing a “Bubble” to limit interaction and possible transmission among the athletes.
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In cooperation with local health officials, HQ has developed a protocol that will keep everybody safe at the 2020 CrossFit Games. The CrossFit Medical Team will monitor individuals attending the event, all of whom will have been tested prior to traveling to California, and before they enter the competition bubble. Anyone entering the bubble will be required to pass two screenings for COVID-19, and once in the bubble will be expected to wear masks and social distance, to limit the ability for anything to spread.
In addition to this, the playing fields will be regularly sanitized. There have also been contingency plans put in place, in the event somebody tests positive for COVID-19. We will see how it looks in practice, but it generally seems like they will be well prepared for this event, and keeping everybody safe.
The 2020 CrossFit Games goes down September 14-20, in Aromas, California. It will be the most unique CrossFit event to date, but it will be good to see these athletes get back to work.
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