Since April 2020 Vätternrundan, together with fifteen other event organisers have worked hard in securing that their events will take place during 2021. Each event with its own set of challenges and yet striking similarities. This cooperation has been pivotal in finding the best solutions for securing an infection safe event. Vätternrundan has also had ongoing discussions with the Regional Infection Control which has been key when working with our preparations.
The measures Vätternrundan has taken for the 2021 events are based on the Swedish Public Health Authority’s (Folkhälsomyndighetens) restrictions and recommendations to;
- Maintain distance
- Wash hands
- Stay at home if you are ill
What this means in reality is that the Start, Depots and the Finish have been re-designed so as to ensure the possibility of safe distancing while maintaining the total number of persons in the same area are in accordance with the current restrictions. Amongst other things there will be a so called “Pre-start” prior to the start and mulitple finish zones where riders can be funnelled along separate routes plus depots with distinct paths of passage.
There will be approximately 300 hygiene stations during the event and all volunteers will have received continuous and clear information. Special Corona Volunteers will be available to inform riders on site. In our newsletter to participants, Vätternrundan has clearly stated that this is not the year for family and friends to come to Motala. Even living quarters have had to adapt.
At Vätternrundan we feel that we are well prepared to welcome all participants to Motala. This year we expect around 15 000 riders spread over the five events during the four days. This is roughly half of what can be expected during a normal year.