COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our guests, students and employees continues to be our top priority. As Kirkwood Community College begins the process of welcoming the public back on campus, the Iowa Equestrian Center shall implement the procedures and protocols outlined below. These protocols must be effectively met for events to resume successfully at Kirkwood Community College’s Iowa Equestrian Center. We appreciate your patience, diligence and care as we work together to ensure events can take place safely and responsibly.

Iowa Equestrian Center – Safety Protocols

Revised 8.1.2020

Safety Protocols for Event Attendees

Safety Protocols for Event Attendees

What we expect from our guests

The Iowa Equestrian Center has implemented safety and health practices to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, however attending an event can increase the risk of contracting a communicable disease. By entering the facility, attendees voluntarily assume all risk and are agreeing that they will not hold Kirkwood Community College, the Iowa Equestrian Center or the event organizer liable for any resulting illness or injury.

  • Compliance with federal, state and local regulations, requirements and orders as they relate to event venues, sporting events and mass gatherings.
    – Social distance of six feet of separation must be maintained. Attendees are to avoid congregate settings or concentration of individuals in a single area and shall maintain a minimum of six feet from others unless absolutely impossible.
  • All attendees must sign the IEC Waiver and Release of Liability prior to enter the IEC Grounds.
  • All attendees must be in good health and should not be experiencing any flu-like symptoms for 72 hours without the use of medicine to reduce fever.
    – Any individual diagnosed with COVID-19, exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 during or within 14 days after visiting Kirkwood Community College, must notify the Iowa Equestrian Center and the Kirkwood COVID-19 Hotline at 319-784-1650.
    – Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, reporting fever or respiratory symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days are not to attend the event.
    – Specialized disinfecting procedures will be implemented to spaces where COVID-19 symptoms have been reported.
  • Attendees are held responsible for disinfecting and wiping down high-touch surfaces, including stall door latches in their stabling area, shared grooming tools, tack and equipment. Attendees are expected to bring and use a disinfectant of their choice.
  • Attendees are to wash their hands with soap and water frequently and use hand sanitizer available in the
    stalling areas, office locations and arenas.
  • Attendees will be limited to entering and leaving buildings, arenas, offices and the concession stand through doorways designated by the facility and event organizer.
  • Attendees are to adhere to internal building directional and safety signage.
  • Attendees are to adhere to Kirkwood Community College, IEC and Event Organizer protocols. Noncompliance will result in removal of individuals or possible closure of the facility during the event.
  • All attendees, including event personnel, competitors and support individuals are required to wear a face mask or face covering when not mounted on a horse or competing.
  • Social distance of six feet of separation must be maintained. Attendees are to avoid congregate settings or concentration of individuals in a single area and shall maintain a minimum of six feet from others unless absolutely impossible.

Safety Protocols for Event Organizers and Groups

Safety Protocols for Event Organizers and Groups

What we expect from event organizers and clients renting the facility
  • Compliance with federal, state and local regulations, requirements and orders as they relate to event venues, sporting events and mass gatherings.
  • Include KCC on updated liability waivers signed by participants acknowledging inherent risk of communicable disease exposure at gatherings including, but not limited to COVID-19.
  • Ensure that all attendees, event staff and volunteers sign the Iowa Equestrian Center Waiver and Release of Liability
  • Communicate and enforce that attendance at event will be limited to event staff, the competitors and 2-3 supporting individuals per competitor.
    – Competitor support individuals shall be limited to individuals that are necessary to provide care to competitors or horses.
  • Provide Kirkwood Community College with a complete list of event attendees on the grounds throughout the event. This list will be used for contact tracing if necessary, and is to include contact information: address, phone number, email address.
  • Limit participant contact through the use of online, prepay entry systems.
    – Show office locations are to be open for essential business only.
  • Group self-service meals, snacks, coffee and social meal gatherings for attendees will not be allowed.
    – Kernels Catering will be serving food during peak show times, but will be providing carry-out only and must limit access in the space to 12 individuals or less.
  • Make announcements regarding social distancing and hygiene to stop the spread of communicable diseases.
  • Ensure that all event attendees, including event personal, adhere to Kirkwood Community College and IEC social distancing and PPE protocols. Noncompliance will result in removal of individuals, possible closure of the facility during the event, and possible termination of future facility rental agreements with group.
    – All attendees, including event personnel, competitors and support individuals are required to wear a face mask or face covering when not mounted on a horse or competing.
  • Provide event personnel or hire a Security officer to ensure safety protocols and procedures are enforced during event hours, between event sessions and overnight. Specific information on compliance with this must be contained in the event specific protocols provided two weeks prior to the show date.

Safety Protocols for Iowa Equestrian Center and Employees

Safety Protocols for Iowa Equestrian Center and Employees

What can be expected of the Iowa Equestrian Center facility and team
  • Compliance with federal, state and local regulations, requirements and orders as they relate to event venues, sporting events and mass gatherings.
  • Disable facility drinking fountains until further notice.
  • Display signage regarding social distancing and hygiene to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
  • Provide sanitizing stations at show office locations, warm-up arena and stabling areas.
  • Provide plexiglass shields in show office areas.
  • Allow for hands-free access points during event hours.
  • Post directional signage to identify one-way lanes to create more distance when traveling through areas.
  • Limit attendance to participants and supporting individuals. Spectators are not to attend during this transitional period.
  • Enforce social distancing guidelines and use of proper PPE throughout the facility and grounds during event hours by communicating concerns to the event organizer and by ensuring signage remains visible throughout event.
    – Noncompliant individuals must be removed from the event
  • Complete regular disinfecting by misting or wiping down of door handles, wash rack nozzles and common touch points during events.
  • Disinfect the arena rail, arena gates and bleachers at the end of each event day or between event sessions.
    – Bleachers will not be accessible until further notice.
  • Disinfect handles, shifters and steering wheels on shared equipment after each use.
  • Rotationally close restrooms and post signage to direct attendees to alternative restrooms.
    – Restrooms will be closed each evening for deep cleaning and will be disinfected regularly throughout event hours.
    – Shower rooms will not be accessible during this transitional time.
  • Perform disinfecting and deep cleaning of the facility between each event.
  • Provide event organizer with disinfectant to be used frequently by personnel working in the show office areas.
IEC staff shall strictly follow Kirkwood Community College protocol which includes, but is not limited to:
  • Employees reporting to work at a Kirkwood location should be in good health and should not be experiencing any flu-like symptoms for 72 hours without the use of medicine to reduce fever.
    – Any employee diagnosed with COVID-19, exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 must notify their supervisor for further direction.
    – All employees diagnosed with COVID-19, reporting fever or respiratory symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days will be directed to stay home.
    – Specialized disinfecting procedures will be implemented to spaces where COVID-19 symptoms have been reported.
  • All employees must complete Kirkwood’s COVID-19 safety training prior to reporting to work on campus.
  • Social distancing of six feet of separation must be maintained while at work. Lunch and meal breaks should be taken individually and not in groups. Any time two or more persons must meet, ensure minimum six feet of separation. Video conferencing is still the preferred method of conducting meetings.
  • If a job-related task does not allow six feet of separation from other personnel, masks must be worn. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) including protective gloves may be required during certain tasks.
  • Masks must also be worn in common spaces such as hallways, bathrooms, and other meeting areas.
  • Employees will be required to complete an online self-health survey when reporting to work each day.
  • Employees are encouraged to frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces with Kirkwood provided supplies.
  • Employees are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water frequently while at work.
  • Employees should remain in their areas of responsibilities and avoid traveling outside their assigned space.
  • Any shared equipment shall be disinfected prior to and following use with the appropriate cleaning products supplied by custodial services.
  • Employees are not to ride together in vehicles or powered equipment while at work. All vehicles and equipment must be disinfected by the user at beginning and end of each use.

* Reopening Procedures and Safety Protocols are subject to change.