COVID-19: March 23 Member Update

Dear PMBIA members,

It is our hope that everyone is both safe and healthy. As the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves, we’re working hard to protect our staff and participants during these challenging times. We have postponed most of our upcoming courses around the world and encourage social distancing protocols as well as practising basic protective measures. We’ve also suspended all work travel except for essential personnel.

As we are forced to stay home and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, cabin fever may begin to set in! While medical experts say fresh air and exercise are important for our physical and mental health, they advise us to do so with caution.

As the spring season rolls in, many of us are looking for opportunities to get out and go for a ride. If you do choose to go mountain biking and connect with mother nature, please do so with care. This is not the time to have an accident and bring further stress to the capacity of our medical system. With this in mind, we recommend the following practices to manage risk and ensure a safe ride for everyone.

  • Perform a thorough bike check – make sure it is safe to ride!
  • Choose easy trails and make conservative decisions. Avoid high-risk situations (technical trails, jumps, drops, etc.) and focus on the simple act of being outside and getting some exercise rather than pushing your skills. We’ll all have plenty of time for that later!
  • Warm-up gradually… take it easy both physically and technically.
  • Choose routes in areas that support emergency access.

Risk Management

Risk management is about knowing and understanding the risks involved with any activity you choose to do. Following these four steps will help your decision-making process:

  1. Identification: know what potential and actual risks exist.
  2. Assessment: how much of a risk each factor represents.
  3. Prioritization: prioritize your risks based on the probability they might occur and the consequence should they do. If it’s unlikely and the consequence is low, you’re probably good to go!
  4. Plan of action: manage the identified risks with informed decision-making. Be sensible. Plan ahead for a safe ride but be prepared to back down and change the plan if things change. Now isn’t the time to be exploring new trails in new places or attempting trail features for the first time!

We are following (and will continue to follow) all official guidelines and will provide you, our members, with updates on a regular basis. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with us via email at info@pmbia.org

Sincerely yours,

Signatures of Paul Howard and David Gagnon

COVID-19 Precautions and Advice

Dear PMBIA members,

We are writing to you because we value the health and well-being of our members. As you are aware, there are outbreaks of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in many countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. It’s important that we all pay close attention to the information below and remain calm. We will be sure to communicate any changes in our operations to each of you, immediately, should this highly fluid situation change.

As a precautionary measure, we would like to share with you the current World Health Organization (WHO) advice on the coronavirus or COVID-19 illness. Note that this advice is being updated frequently can be found using the following link to ensure you access the most up to date advice and guidance.

Advice for the Public: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Travel advice: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice

Our courses and training clinics are not considered “mass gatherings”, but in our professional line of work, instructors and coaches are required to work with others. This predisposition can expose individuals to infectious diseases like coronavirus. Therefore, some precautions should be considered when working as an instructor or a coach:

  • Keep space between yourself and others
  • Limit close contact
  • Don’t shake hands
  • Avoid touching water bottles, bikes, bike gear or bike tools that are not yours
  • If a participant/guest shows up with signs of sickness, turn them back home and ask them to call their doctor

Here are basic protective measures from the WHO:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay at home away from others if you are sick
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care immediately
  • Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider

If you are travelling to a PMBIA training or certification, pay attention to travel advisories for your destination and practice the basic protective measures listed above.

We are sharing this information for the sake of transparency so you are aware and can help reduce the spread of infection. If you have any questions regarding scheduled courses please get in touch with us via email at info@pmbia.org

Sincerely yours,

Signatures of Paul Howard and David Gagnon