**STATEMENT ON COVID-19 VIRUS**
With the growing concern about the spread of the COVID-19 Virus worldwide, the Bear Mountain Bike Festival is taking additional precautions to communicate the latest information and mitigate any potential for the transmission of the virus at the Festival. We are receiving regular communication and latest updates from the Vancouver Island Health Authority and City of Langford on the situation and will continue to monitor and relay any new information via email to participants, and through postings on our social media which includes Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
As of March 7, 2020 there have been no reported presumptive cases of the COVID-19 Virus in the City of Langford. The latest information on developments and communication can be found at the City of Langford website <HERE>.
The Risk to participants and spectators continues to be low. However we ask that people follow the guidelines as outlined by the local Health Authority:
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early - Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Wash your hands frequently - Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain social distancing - Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth - Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene - Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
For specific health / medical questions regarding COVID-19 please contact the following information lines:
Coronavirus information lines
Novel coronavirus information: 1-833-784-4397
Health information 8-1-1