COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is announcing the COVID-19 Protocols for the 2021 NWBA Toyota Adult & Junior Wheelchair Basketball National Championships on June 24-27 in Wichita, Kansas. The NWBA is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, parents, fans, volunteers, and staff planning to attend this event. These protocols have been arranged as an effort to reduce the risk of exposure and presence of COVID-19 for anyone in attendance for this event. These protocols also apply to the NWBA Annual Assembly and Divisional Annual Meetings that are being hosted in conjunction with this event.
The protocols rely upon rules and regulations set forth by public health authorities such as the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Sedgewick County Public Health Department, which is the local health authority in Wichita, KS.
These protocols are subject to change if necessary, by mandates from Sedgewick County Health Department, the Center of Disease Control & Prevention and facilities.
The following are a series of frequently ask questions that the NWBA has crafted to help address some of the primary inquiries to these protocols.
1. Are these the final version of these protocols? How would I know if any changes are made?
No, these protocols are subject to change (as noted on the document). The NWBA and local organizing committee will continue to monitor and make necessary changes per mandates from Sedgewick County Health Department, the Center of Disease Control & Prevention and facilities.
The updated version of these protocols (with revision date listed) will always be available at www.nwba.org/2021nationals.
2. What type of free testing is available? When are the results available?
There will be antigen and PCR testing made available at both facilities courtesy of Visit Wichita and Wichita State University. More information to be provide on the event webpage on testing when available.
3. What are the requirements for mask at nationals?
Masks required at all times by all individuals in all facilities. This mask requirement applies to all individuals on-court: athletes competing, officiating and coaches/table officials/staff volunteers.
4. Are the number of spectators limited per team?
No limitations exist for spectators of a team. All event attendees should practice social distancing (maintaining 6 feet of distance from those outside of their family unit or team unit) at gates upon entrance and in all situations when inside the facilities.
5. What if an individual shows signs/symptom of COVID-19 at the event? What if an individual test positive for COVID-19 at the event?
Please refer to the section “Public Health Authorities Mandates & Protocols - While in Attendance at the Event” to address the necessary steps for that individual.
6. Do I still have to adhere to these protocols set by the NWBA if I am fully vaccinated past 14 days?
Yes. Per the suggestion of the Sedgwick County Health Department, everyone in attendance or competing in the NWBT should follow the guidelines provided whether they have been vaccinated or not. Not all individuals on event grounds will be fully vaccinated, so to encourage safety among all, there are no exceptions to the protocols set in place.
7. Is negative test required to enter the facilities?
A negative test is not required to enter the facilities.