Posted 8/16/2020


SPECIAL RULES RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS

For purposes of these special rules, references to "Event(s)"  or  "event(s)" means any event listed in this premium list, as well as any other event or activity associated with the German Shepherd Dog Club of America National, including, but not limited to, seminars, educational programs, social gatherings and meetings. If you participate in, enter, or attend any Event(s) you will be deemed (without having to sign any document) to have agreed to the following indemnification, waiver of liability and assumption of risk agreement.

INDEMNIFICATION, WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK

I acknowledge and agree that The German Shepherd Dog Club of America Inc, and the American Kennel Club, and each of their members, directors, governors, officers, agents, the superintendents and/or event secretary, and the owner and/or lessor or operator of the premises and any provider of services that are used to hold the Event(s) and any employees or volunteers of the aforementioned parties, other participants, and any judge judging at the Event (collectively, the "Released Parties") are participating in the Event(s) and allowing me to enter, participate in and/or attend the Event(s) in reliance on my agreement to this indemnification, waiver of liability and assumption of risk agreement.

 I understand that The German Shepherd Dog Club of America Inc, has the right to refuse my participation in, or attendance at the event(s). Inconsideration of permitting my participation in, or attendance at the event(s) and of the holding of the event(s) and/or the opportunity to have dogs judged and to win prizes, ribbons, or trophies:

1.  I UNDERSTAND THAT PARTICIPATION IN, OR ATTENDANCE AT ANY EVENT(s) INCLUDES POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO RISK OF SERIOUS ILLNESS AND/OR DEATH AND OTHER RISKS FROM THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES.

2.  I KNOWINGLY AND VOLUNTARRILY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, BOTH KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF ONE OR MORE OF THE RELEASED PARTIES, OR OTHERS AND ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY PARTICIPATION AND/OR ATTENDANCE.

3.  I represent that neither I nor, to my knowledge, anyone in my household has had any illness or disease, or been diagnosed with any illness or disease or have had or are currently having any symptoms relating to the COVID-19 virus or any other infectious disease in the last 30 days.

4.  I, for myself, and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, agree and hereby assume the sole responsibility for and agreeto indemnify, defend, not to sue, and to hold harmless, the Released Parties from any and all liability, damage, loss, causes of action of any kind, claims,cost and expense (including legal fees) by reason of liability which may be caused or alleged to have been caused directly or indirectly to any person or imposed upon any of the Released Parties for present and future damage, because of illness, personal and bodily injuries, including death, at any time resulting therefrom, sustained by any person or persons, including myself, or on account of damage to property, arising out of or in consequence ofmy participation in, or attendance at, the event(s), related to the COVID-19 virus or any other infectious. disease, or however else such injuries, death or property damage may be caused, and whether or not the same may have been caused or may be alleged to have been caused by thenegligence of any of the Released Parties.

5.  I understand that this agreement is intended to be broad and inclusive to the fullest extent permitted by the laws of the state of Illinois or the state of Missouri, as applicable. I agree that if any portion of this agreement is invalid or unenforceable the remainder will continue in full force and

I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT FULLY AND UNDERSTAND I WILL GIVE UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY PARTICIPATING IN OR ATTENDING THE GSDCA NATIONAL OR ANY EVENT(S), REGARDLESS OF WHETHER I SIGN A DOCUMENT.


The German Shepherd Dog Club of America National COVID-19 VIRUS Risk Mitigation Procedures for Participants, entrants, handlers (their assistants and staff), other agents of an entrant, Judges, Ring Stewards, Club Officers, Directors, Volunteers, and Spectators.

• For your information and purposes of these guidelines, the GSDCA National events will be held at the facilities of the Illinois State Fair Grounds. They are located in Springfield Township, Sangamon County, Illinois. The host hotels are located in The City of Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois. Tracking will be located in The City of Sherman, Sangamon County, Illinois. Herding events will be held at the Purina Facility in Franklin County Missouri.

• Comply with federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations and orders related to COVID-19 required in (Springfield Township, The City of Springfield and The City of Sherman, Sangamon County, Illinois) or , if applicable Franklin County Missouri, Missouri, and also comply with suggested guidelines and best practices that are only recommended. Participants and attendees should also be aware that the locations of lodging and places they may eat, other than at the Fairgrounds, might be in local jurisdictions that are different from the GSDCA National. 

• Review and comply with the requirements of the rules and suggested best practices of the American Kennel Club (AKC COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates website) related to COVID-19 applicable to the applicable events included in the GSDCA National and also comply with suggested guidelines and best practices that are only recommended.

• It is required that participants practice social distancing and wear a mask or another face covering suitable for their circumstances even if not required by federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations and orders related to COVID-19 in the jurisdiction of the venue in which the GSDCA National will take place or the rules of the American Kennel Club. Masks and face coverings will not be provided to participants and attendees by the GSDCA.

• Include the animals you are responsible for (especially those being brought to events) in your social distancing practices. Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies. Limit interaction with animals not under your control.

• Monitor sites like www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/pets.html, the site maintained by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for updates and guidance relating to COVID-19 and pets.

• In the 24 - 48 hours prior to the event and prior to your participation on the day of the applicable event check the GSDCA website, relevant federal, state and local authorities and the AKC (AKC COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates website) to familiarize yourself with current rules and procedures related to COVID-19.

• Bring your own seating and food to better control sanitizing and food preparation. The GSDCA may not have any of these items, or enough of them. Cleary mark these things to discourage use by others.

• Bring your own masks or other face coverings, hand sanitizer, gloves and tissues. The GSDCA might not provide these items. Or, they might not be available in sufficient quantities to supply everyone that wants or needs them.

• Consider only bringing people to the GSDCA National that are necessary for you to travel to and participate in the GSDCA National whom you have determined can comply with applicable laws, rules, regulations and orders on their own or at your direction. This will helpreduce the number of people at the event and make it easier to practice social distancing.

• Consider parking your vehicle so that the working end of your vehicle is at the opposite end of the vehicles beside you to create more distance between work areas.

• Socialize your dogs to being around, and being examined by, a person wearing a mask, and to the extent possible, the scent of hand sanitizers. They vary in scent, but many contain alcohol.

• Even more than usual, be considerate of how your movements around and near the ring could impact other people who are trying to maintain social distancing.

• Conduct that violates required COVID-19 related, federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, and orders related to COVID-19, or required AKC practices, or the rules of the GSDCA National related to COVID-19 could result in referrals to a bench show, or other event and/or or the GSDCA ethics committee.


COVID-19 ADDENDUM

The Department of Agriculture is committed to following all public health guidelines, and the same will be required of all Lessees. All potential Lessees must sign this Covid-19 Addendum to the Non Fair Events Space Rental Contract. Any Lessee who will not agree to the terms of this document or does not sign it will not be permitted to have an event on the State Fairgrounds

German Shepherd Dog Club of America (hereinafter "Lessee") expressly acknowledges and agrees to comply with the following:

  1. The Department of Agriculture (hereinafter "Department") is a State agency, and mandated to comply with all Executive Orders and all Phase instructions of the Restore Illinois phases.
  2. The Phase the State is in at the time of signing this Addendum may not be the Phase the State is in on Lessee's event date. The difference in Phases will not alleviate Lessee's requirement to comply with all guidelines for whatever Phase is in effect during Lessee's event.
  3. Lessee's event may have to be canceled, postponed, or otherwise altered if the Fairgrounds' Region changes Phases.
  4. Lessee has seen the COVED-19 guidance from the Department of Public Health (IDPH).
  5. Lessee will comply with all State and IDPH guidelines about social distancing.
  6. Lessee will comply with all State and IDPH guidelines about facial coverings.
  7. Lessee has reviewed and understands the business guidance from the Department of Commerce and Economic

Opportunity as it relates to Lessee's event. Phase and business-specific guidelines can be found at:

dceocovid19resources.com/estore-illinois

  1. Lessee is responsible for contacting DCEO with any specific questions about how the latest Restore Illinois safety guidelines may affect Lessee's event. DCEO phone: 1-800-252-2923, DCEO email: CEasupport(011inois.am,
  2. Lessee will coordinate with Department about event signage for public health guidance, as needed.
  3. Lessee will not allow more than the maximum number of people permitted in the Phase in effect at Lessee's event. A chart of seating capacity for Department's outdoor facilities is at the bottom of this page.
  4. Lessee is responsible for the number of attendees at Lessee's event.
  5. Attendees in excess of the maximum permitted will be considered a breach of Lessee's contract.
  6. A breach of the contract, pursuant to paragraph 5 of the contract, is cause for immediate termination of the contract.
  7. The absence of a valid contract is grounds for immediate removal of all event attendees from the State Fairgrounds, and law enforcement may be contacted to facilitate this removal.
  8. These requirements are subject to change as public health and executive order guidance changes.
  9. Lessee agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the State of Illinois and Illinois Department of Agriculture, pursuant to the Release and Indemnity Paragraph of Lessee's contract.

Lessee and Department sign and execute this Addendum on the date set forth below. If Lessee is a legal entity, Lessee acknowledges that the individual signing below is authorized to accept and agree to this Addendum on Lessee's behalf and that such signature constitutes the Addendum's incorporation into the Contract.