COVID-19 CONTINGENCY AND PREVENTION PLAN

This plan includes the general description of the event and defines the measures and procedures for the prevention and mitigation of the risk of contagion by COVID-19, with the aim of responding to the health requirements for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic established by the Directorate General of Health (DGS) and the priority protection of the community.

  1. GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT

    The event in question is a festival under the name “Ananda Festival of Bliss”. The event is an encounter with nature and a reflection on our way of life. Through arts, yoga, meditation and therapy, participants are invited to raise their awareness about their relationship with nature, social and ecological activism and their role in building a more sustainable future. We will have concerts, workshops, talks and an area dedicated to children. 

We are counting on the participation of a maximum of 150 people, the event will be from 2 to 5 September 2021 and is organised by the association Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha based at Rua Malhadas nr 1, 6215-421 Paúl. The event will have its outdoor activities at the Ananda Valley farm, sítio do Carvalhal, 1, 6230-901 Ourondo, with 50 000 m2, which is equipped to host 400 people. 

The daily activities will be held in the activity room and outdoors, in different spaces:

  • Dharma House – activity room, wooden house;
  • Samadhi Space – open air space with a circular shape;
  • Moinhos Velhos Stage – natural outdoor amphitheater by the Caia river
  • Dining area – outdoor space next to the wild cherry trees, enjoying their shade
  • Children’s area – outdoor space with a tree house and several swings;
  • Main Stage – outdoor area, covered by a dome structure.

COMMUNICATION AND SENSITIZATION MEASURES

  • Inform all participants about the Contingency Plan prior to the event, ensuring that they are able to recognise and act upon a participant or organizer with a suspected COVID-19
  • Put up informative signage in strategic locations regarding good practices and DGS guidelines on general recommendations – respiratory etiquette, hand washing, use of masks and social distancing. Strategic locations are: yoga and meditation rooms and outdoor spaces, dining area, outdoor natural amphitheater, children’s area, camping area and toilet facilities;
  • Inform all participants where the isolation area is, which will be clean, tidy, have available a kit with water and some non-perishable food, alcohol based antiseptic solution (SABA), paper towels and surgical mask(s); 
  • Inform the participants – previously and during the event – through the digital communication means at their disposal, that:
    • Only healthy individuals, who do not show any signs/symptoms of illness and have not had contact in the last 14 days with confirmed cases of COVID-19, are allowed to participate in the event. They must not have returned in the last 14 days from a foreign country listed in Annex I of Order No. 6794-A/2021 of 9 July: South Africa, Brazil, India, Nepal, United Kingdom unless in cases where they present the EU COVID Digital Certificate of vaccination or recovery or corresponding certificate (e.g. NHS Covid Pass) proving full vaccination with EU approved vaccines.
    • They must present a negative diagnostic test for covid-19, which can be performed in a laboratory (PCR) up to 72 hours before the date of the event or a negative (non-detectable) rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2, carried out up to 48 hours before the date of the event and signed by a health professional.
  1. HYGIENE AND SAFETY MEASURES
  • Prior to the event, participants must present one of the following tests:
    • covid-19 negative diagnostic test, performed in a laboratory (PCR) no later than 72 hours before the event date; 
    • a negative (non-detectable) SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test, performed within 48 hours prior to the event and signed by a health care professional;
  • Participants must bring their own equipment needed during the event (e.g. yoga mat, sleeping bag, pillow, hygiene items, mask);
  • Outdoor activities must respect the conditions set out in the chapter “Outdoor Programmes” of Guideline no. 28/2020, of 28/05/2020 updated on 08/05/2021, from the Directorate General of Health (DGS); 
  • In indoor and outdoor spaces, participants and organizers must make the proper use of mask (the mask should only be removed when strictly necessary at meal times and in physical activities that do not allow it);
  • In indoor spaces, the use of mask is compulsory, except during yoga classes in which the room is ventilated and participants have at least 2.5 meters of physical distance and remain in the marked place;
  • Activities that imply interaction with physical contact between participants will not be carried out, favoring activities that maintain a minimum social distance of 2 meters;
  • Seating in the different activity spaces will be previously identified (e.g. chairs, floor markings, other fixed elements), giving preference to seating, complying with the capacity, occupation and distance between people (exceptionally complying with a physical distance between spectators of 1.2 meters, considering that the participants do not move, are outdoors and are obligatorily and during all the time wearing a face mask)
  • The wash basins in the toilets will be equipped with soap and disposable wipes and disposable towels.
  • The cleaning and disinfection of surfaces will be carried out in accordance with guideline no. 014/2020 issued by the DGS. A cleaning and disinfection plan will be drawn up where the frequency of cleaning/disinfection of frequent touch surfaces and the cleaning times and products used will be increased. 
  • Alcohol gel disinfectant will be available in each place where the participants are present;
  • Each participant should disinfect the surfaces touched in the sanitary facilities after use.
  • The air in the living spaces must be frequently renewed, opening windows and doors.
  • All participants must keep a record (name, telephone number and e-mail address) of their illness and notify the organization (which will inform the Local Health Authority) if they develop symptoms up to 8 days after the event.
  • An Isolation Room will be kept operational, in both sites, one that will be identified, clean, tidy and with only the necessary equipment. It must be equipped with a chair or couch, a kit with water and some non-perishable food, a waste container, an alcohol-based antiseptic solution (SABA), paper towels, thermometer, surgical mask(s) and disposable gloves.
  • The meals will also comply with the requisites mentioned in Guideline no. 23/2020, updated on 20/05/2021, from the DGS, and will meet the standards applicable to the catering sector with regard to hygiene and food safety requisites, highlighting  

I) The recommended physical distance (at least 2 meters) between non-cohabitants will be ensured (cohabitants may sit facing each other or side by side at a distance of less than 2 meters);

II) the arrangement of outdoor chairs and tables must ensure a distance of at least 2 meters between non-cohabitants and, in the corridor, between tables, a distance of at least 1.5 meters

III) standing seating, due to the difficulty in ensuring physical distance between people, is not recommended, as well as self-service operations, buffets and food dispensers that imply contact on the part of the participant; 

IV) taking into consideration the number of participants, it is recommended that meals be taken in groups, preferably always with the same participants per group

V) ensure adequate cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, in accordance with Guideline 014/2020 “Cleaning and disinfection of surfaces in establishments serving the public or similar”.

PROCEDURES IN CASE OF ONSET OF SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 

  • In case of suspected infection, the suspected case should go, with a surgical mask placed by you, to the isolation space (“isolation area”), where he will wait, with mask (except if not medically tolerated) for triage and orientation by SNS 24 (808 24 24 24) following the recommendations given to him, wait calmly; 
  • After his isolation, provide water and food and explain how the organization will be in communication with him in this process;
  • If you present severe respiratory difficulties or any other acute symptomatology, you should call 112;
  • The isolation space will be provided with surgical masks, alcohol at 70º, SABA, bottled water, non-perishable food and thermometer, among others. It should also include a rubbish bin with a pedal-operated lid, lined with two resistant plastic bags – the inside of which should be filled to a maximum of 2/3 of its capacity;
  • Identify and inform all participants where the isolation area is, which should be clean, tidy, have available a kit with water and some non-perishable food, alcohol-based antiseptic solution (SABA), paper towels and surgical mask(s); 

In the event of a confirmed case, the organization must:

  • Provide cleaning and disinfection of the Isolation Room, where the person has waited on referral from the SNS24 line; 
  • Reinforce cleaning and disinfection, especially on frequently handled and most used surfaces; 
  • The organization should inform the Local Health Authority and follow the advice and guidelines of the competent entities.

19 August 2021

Ananda Festival of Bliss team


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