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Event COVID-19 Protocol and Recommendations for Teams

Last Updated: March 7th, 2022

These guidelines are subject to change based on the changing conditions of COVID-19 in the state. Changes were finalized on March 7th, 2022 to ensure teams have adequate time to accommodate these changes. 

A message from FIRST HQ: "FIRST believes that the best path toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic and delivering our mission is through vaccination. FIRST continues to strongly recommend everyone who is eligible and has access to a vaccine consult with their physician and get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with booster shots if applicable, as soon as possible." 


All attendees are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn at all times in the venue, aside from when eating and drinking. Masks must cover both the nose and mouth. Please see the CDC website for approved and unapproved masks. Face shields without a mask, gaiters, scarves, bandanas, and masks with vents do not satisfy CDC masking requirements and are therefore, unapproved.


All individuals will be required to be screened before entering the venue, featuring the following questions: 


Individuals who can answer "yes" to either of the following questions are required to stay home. Individuals who, at any point during the event, can answer "yes" to either or both of the questions will be escorted to the isolation room until they have a way out of the venue. 

Event attendees will provide contact information either through the FIRST dashboard or SmartWaiver to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if exposure occurs. In the case of exposure, FIRST will provide attendee contact information to the local health department for contact tracing purposes only. 


Social Distancing & Seating

To limit contact across teams for extended periods of time, people are encouraged to remain six feet apart from others to the extent that it is practical while in the venue.  

Limit physical contact with other individuals (i.e., high fives, handshakes) 

The pits at the UW-Panther arena will be more spread out to allow for social distancing. 

The pits will be limited to 15 members per team at any given time, inclusive of the drive team. A team will receive 15 wristbands at the event. Teams are allowed to pass these wristbands between members, but only individuals with a wristband will be allowed into the pits. 

There will be no assigned seating at Wisconsin FRC Events.

Event Attendance

Our committee has worked very hard to ensure that we are providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our students. Based on the recent CDC Guidance and the guidance of the Wisconsin Region COVID Subcommittee, there is currently no limited attendance policy. Teams are allowed to bring as many students, mentors, family members, and so on as they see fit.

Questions regarding this policy can be directed to Emma Schuff at


Spectators are allowed entrance into the venue. Spectators are required to fill out a SmartWaiver for contact tracing purposes. We encourage spectators to fill this out prior to the event. Please contact Emma Schuff at to receive a link to the SmartWaiver.

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COVID-19 Update

Chris Rake, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at FIRST provided an update detailing their recommendations for team members to get vaccinated if they are in areas with widespread access, and HQ's current plans for events during the 2021-222 season.

WI Department of Health Services


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Statewide general recommendations for staying safe within your community. Discusses how to assess the risk of different events and best practices to prevent spreading COVID,



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Search by state and county to get information about your local areas, such as infection rate, deaths, and hospitalizations. It can display historical data as well as current, allowing users to observe local trends.

CDC: Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools

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