FAQs for the 2022 San Diego Regional presented by Qualcomm.
Are masks required at the event?
Yes, masks are required to be worn by all while inside the venue. Even though some mask requirements have been relaxed, the California Department of Public Health and the CDC still strongly recommends that masks been worn in mega event settings.
How do team members check-in?
- Teams will need to check in at one of the multiple COVID-19 screening tables located outside the venue to receive an ‘access wristband’. Teams are encouraged to check in as a whole team when possible.
- Each team member will be asked to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a valid negative COVID-19 test result and answer the health screening questions. Individuals 18+ will also be required to show a valid ID.
- Adult team lead mentors will NOT receive wristbands for their entire team, as each person’s vaccination or negative test must be verified individually by event staff. This process is required by the state of California and we appreciate your patience and Gracious Professionalism to get everyone into the venue timely.
As Thursday evening load in is not under the “mega-event” criteria, teams are not required to have a wristband for entry to load-in their pit. However, it is recommended that team members bring vaccine/test proof on Thursday to get their wristbands for the weekend to ease lines on Friday morning.
Times and schedules for each day will be provide as we get closer to the event.
A lead mentor will still need to provide a FIRST team roster, which can be printed from their FIRST Dashboard, to pit administration to receive their team check in packet.
What is needed to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
The following are acceptable as proof of vaccination:
- A U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) vaccination card, which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered, or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental jurisdiction
- An electronic or printed photo of a vaccination card
- A personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California and available by going to https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov or similar documentation issued by another State, local, or foreign governmental jurisdiction.
California residents may show your Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record, which is a QR code widely accepted in the State of California.
What is considered fully vaccinated.
- According to the California Department of Public Health an individual is considered ‘fully vaccinated’ 2 weeks after receiving a single dose of Johnson & Johnson OR two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
- Booster doses are not required to be considered fully vaccinate, at this time, but are recommended as soon as individuals are eligible.
- If you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test.
What type of COVID-19 test and result is needed in place of a full COVID-19 vaccination?
- A COVID-19 test must be done within 1 day for an antigen test or within 2 days for a PCR test before entry to the event. Acceptable proof includes a printed document from a test provider or laboratory, OR an electronic test result displayed on a phone or other device from a test provider or laboratory.
- Negative COVID-19 test information must include the person’s name, type of test performed, and negative test result.
- Self-attestation of an over-the-counter test will not be accepted.
If providing a COVID-19 test in place of proof of vaccination, are test results required each day of the event?
No. Attendance on March 18, March 19 and March 20 meets the criteria for a multi-day “mega-event”, which the California Department of Public health requires negative COVID-19 test only on the first day of attendance. Therefore, the San Diego Regional is a 3-day mega-event, so attendees providing negative COVID-19 test results must only provide one test result for the whole event. You must present the negative test result upon your arrival.
If providing a COVID-19 test in place of proof of vaccination and unable to provide a negative COVID-19 test, due to recent recovery from COVID-19, what is required?
If you recently recovered from COVID-19, and are unable to test negative, you can provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test results on a sample taken no more that 90 days prior to the event AND a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that you are cleared to attend a mega event)
Do I need to show COVID vaccination proof or negative test result onsite at the event or in advance?
Onsite. All attendees (teams and volunteers) must bring your proof of vaccination or negative test result to the event to receive an access wristband for entry. Adults are also required to show a photo ID with their vaccination proof.
If you are a volunteer, please DO NOT send vaccination proof to your Volunteer Coordinator, as volunteers will also provide vaccine proof or negative test result onsite at the event.
Do participants have to go through COVID-19 Screening each day of the event?
No. COVID-19 screening is only done the first day an induvial comes to the event. Once screened individuals will receive a plastic wristband that will allow them access to the event for subsequent days. Please encourage your team members to keep their wrist bands on for all days of the event so they do not have to be screened again.
Is there a maximum number of team members and mentors who can attend?
Besides the designated hours for team load-in on Thursday evening and Friday morning, there will be no team member or mentor limit. All team members (youth team members and adult mentors) are allowed to attend the event.
As a reminder, all team members MUST be registered with FIRST and have completed the FIRST Consent and Release Form online.
Can individuals that are not on a team’s FIRST roster attend the event?
Yes, at this time. Given the nature of the Del Mar Arena the public will be allowed to attend the event. All attendees will be required to check in at the COVID-19 screening table, provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test, valid ID if over 18 and answer health screening questions, to receive an access wristband, prior to entry.
What is the team pit size and will there be limited number of team members in pits?
Team pit size is 10’x10′. There may be a limited number of team members permitted in your pit which will be determined as COVID guidelines change and posted at the venue.
Can we bring team food to the regional?
No, outside commercially prepared food is permitted at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Any food that is brought to the fairgrounds in commercially prepared packaging will be turned away at the door.
Teams are allowed to bring in ‘sack lunches’ and water
Food for purchase is available at the concessions stands at the event and there is a preorder lunch option form the venue. For teams that would like to take advantage of the preorder lunch option please refer to the food tab on the San Diego Regional website.
Is there a parking fee?
The Del Mar Fairgrounds charges $10 per day for parking. We encourage teams to carpool and plan to have drop off access for individuals that are just getting dropped off and not parking. Parking passes will not be provided to teams.
Is there trailer parking?
Yes, trailer parking will be available for the duration of the event and volunteers will provide direction once teams unload their trailers.
Is there overnight parking?
No, with the exception of team transportation trailers, overnight parking is not available at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
I’m a team traveling to the regional, where should my robot be shipped and who is the contact?
Please contact David Berggren at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate this.