To start this off, I am not going to tell you how to prevent catching coronavirus or what to do if you believe you are experiencing symptoms. I am not a disease expert, but a fellow paintball player like yourself.
For accurate and up to date information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/
The CDCs guidelines can easily be applied to paintball outings, use common sense and do what is best for you.
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How Paintball Fields are Handling the Situation
Currently, paintball fields are doing everything they can to protect you from contracting COVID-19. This isn’t a physical contact sport, but you will be around other people at the field.
Here is a list of some of the measures many fields are doing to help keep players catching the disease:
- Sanitizing all rental equipment (especially the mask) after use.
- Encouraging rental players to NEVER share their gear with another player.
- Providing sanitation stations for players and employees (when applicable).
- Sanitizing restrooms for players (when applicable).
- Sanitizing the Pro-Shop and Registration Booth.
- Spreading out tables to place your gear on.
- Temporarily closing until more information can be learned or until this passes through.
There may be disruptions in amenities like portable restrooms as they just may not be available. Supplies like toilet paper, paper towels, and hand sanitizer is running short and they may not have any available. It is advisable to bring your own if you go.
These fields put your safety as their number 1 priority. If you have questions for the field please visit their website, facebook, or call them directly for up to date information.
Paintball Tournaments and Big Games
Many big paintball games like Tournaments and Scenario Events are being canceled or postponed until a later date. These events bring in hundreds to thousands of people to one spot and this can increase risk of transmitting the coronavirus.
I know, this really sucks. One of my local Scenario Events I am looking forward to has been pushed back a few months. There will always be time for paintball, just save your money and be ready for the next big game.
Manufactures and Suppliers
The people and facilities that manufacture, distribute, and sell paintball gear may be affected by the coronavirus as well. It is a common fact that this disease is global and slowing down production across the board.
You may experience disruptions when ordering paintballs, gear, and soft goods during this time for multiple reasons. Possible shortages in manpower may also prevent communications with companies you have purchased from as they may be short staffed due to illness. Some companies may have shut down all together to protect their employees from getting sick.
Check in with the CDC for accurate and up to date information regarding the coronavirus.
If you are going to play paintball, do it smart and use the preventative measures outlined from the CDC to help keep you healthy. Contact your local field to see if they are still open and if you need to bring any extra supplies with you to the field.