The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives. PNRA’s commitment to providing a safe environment for all participants in our programs extends to taking steps to minimize the transmission of the disease. As part of this, PNRA has adopted the following COVID related policies and guidelines. These have been developed taking into account recommendations and restrictions including those of the CDC, the State of New Jersey Department of Health, USRowing and World Rowing. As with all things related to COVID-19, these policies and guidelines will be updated as the situation, recommendations and restrictions change.
Vaccinations – It is strongly recommended that all participants in the Mercer Juniors and Masters Rowing Programs be fully vaccinated prior to the beginning of the fall season. All participants will be asked to provide proof of their vaccination status. Those who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to provide weekly COVID testing results in order to participate in the programs. Additionally, the ability of non-vaccinated participants to compete in regattas may be restricted. Non-vaccinated individuals may be asked to wear face masks, in addition to current face mask requirements, during some workouts in order to minimize potential transmission to others.
The current regulations which require that face masks be worn on land will continue. Athletes will be allowed to remove their masks when they are rowing in a boat on the water or while they are engaged in a workout on land that requires the removal of a mask.
The Mercer Juniors will continue to stagger the starts and finishes of all practices to minimize the congregating of athletes. Athletes will be asked to arrive at the beginning of their practice time and leave when they are finished with their practices.
Return to Practice after COVID – PNRA/Mercer’s has established Return to Practice after COVID Protocols. The Protocol can be found here (updated Sept. 7, 2021).
Travel – The State of New Jersey recommends not traveling until an individual is fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated individuals who do travel should get tested 1-3 days before their trip, 3-5 days after travel, and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after domestic travel.
For those traveling to New Jersey, domestic travel is defined as lasting 24 hours or longer to states or US territories other than those connected to New Jersey, such as Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware.