Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the United States Center for Disease Control And Prevention(CDC) has an order by Presidential Proclamation 10143 prohibiting many persons from entering the United States if those persons have been in a restricted nation within 14 days prior to arriving in the USA. The IJSBA is a professional sports league which holds its annual World Championship in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It is a benefit to the economy of the United States, and especially to Lake Havasu City, that all international competitors be allowed to attend the World Finals as this event is the nucleus of the PWC Competition Industry that is largely based in the USA. For an athlete to successfully apply for a National Interest Exemption (NIE) permission to enter from a restricted origin, the IJSBA must attest that it will implement COVID safety protocols consistent with the CDC. Under this system, IJSBA does not submit invitations to the US Embassy for the nation of the athlete but directly to the Coronavirus Coordination Cell of the Department of Homeland, Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations. The following is the criteria for athletes seeking IJSBA to submit documentation for an NIE and the requited COVID safety protocol:
IJSBA will only submit support documentation to athletes, mechanics, race crew, and member of the athlete's immediate family when the family member is an integral part of the race crew. All persons must be fully vaccinated more that two weeks prior to receiving support documentation from IJSBA. IJSBA sponsored persons agree to take a viral test 3 days after arrival and no less than 5 days after arrival. The results of the viral test must be presented to IJSBA along with travel dates when event entry credentials are obtained at check in. IJSBA sponsored persons agree to self monitor for all COVID symptoms and stay in their travel pod for pitting whenever possible. When outside of their social pod, sponsored persons agree to wear masks and maintain proper hygiene until returning to their country of origin.
The required single point of contact (POC) for all IJSBA sponsored persons for an NIE is:
Scott Frazier, President and General Counsel of IJSBA
790 Main Street, Second Floor, Half Moon Bay, California, 94019
IJSBA General COVID Safety Protocol For 2021 Jettrim WGP-1 World Finals:
All non vaccinated persons must maintain social distancing and wear masks and other PPE as required except when actively eating or drinking.
Vaccinated individuals may make full use of all facilities including grandstands and any areas to which the individuals have the proper credentials such as preferred seating, VIP hospitality, 40th anniversary celebrations, and other special functions at the event.
The pits are a closed and controlled area. The pits may only be accessed by competitors, competitors guests, or persons who intentionally avail themselves of the controlled area by the purchase of a pit pass. No person may access the pits who do not sign the waiver covering pit entry. Because this area is closed, the types of masks commonly used to prevent COVID-19 transmission will not be required even though the use of these masks is highly encouraged. IJSBA requests that persons in the pits maintain social distancing and do their best to maintain close contacts with only their own team or members of their family or social bubble/pod.
No person may enter any part of the World Finals if they have tested positive for COVID 19 within the past 13 days, have been exposed to an active COVID 19 case within 14 days, nor may any individual enter any part of World Finals with any symptoms such as fever or cough.
Regardless of any of the policies for COVID mitigation and prevention, all persons who enter any part of the World Finals do so at their own risk of contracting COVID 19 or any other communicable disease or variant thereof. IJSBA bears no responsibility for any consequences of attending or participating in the 2021 Jettrim WGP-1 World Finals.
Any questions or comments regarding these mitigation and safety protocols may be addressed to IJSBA by emailing email@example.com.