Organizers of the World Athletics Championships have recommended that participants wear masks in indoor spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The recommendation was made in a statement jointly released by World Athletics, the sport’s world governing body, and the local organizing committee.
“Local authority Lane County Public Health today recommended that people wear masks in indoor spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“This aligns with the Covid protocol already established for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, but it is a timely reminder that the event organizers encourage the use of masks in all indoor spaces, which include hotels and other accommodation, indoor training and warm-up spaces, workspaces and meeting spaces, public-use bathrooms, as well as transportation and commercial properties.
“As part of the event protocol, accredited participants arriving in Oregon for the World Athletics Championships must be vaccinated and provide proof of a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of travel to the championships and before collection of accreditation passes.”
The Oregon World Championships were originally scheduled for August 6-15, 2021, but have been rescheduled to this year to avoid a clash with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
More than 1900 athletes from 192 teams will compete at Eugene’s Hayward Field between July 15-24.