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ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY RELATING TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19
The Novel Coronavirus (hereinafter referred to as COVID-19) has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person to person interaction and/or contact, including by way of being in a shared space with an infected person. An individual may be infected with COVID-19 and be unaware and therefore unknowingly pass the infection to another person by simply breathing in their direction. As a result, federal, state and local governments/health agencies strongly urge, recommend and have mandated, by way of executive order, the use of social distancing.
The City of East Orange has put preventative measures in place to help reduce the potential for the spread of COVID-19 within all City owned buildings and during all City sponsored programming however; the City cannot, does not and will not guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not be exposed to or infected with COVID-19 through your enrollment in / attendance at City sponsored events and/or contact with any City owned buildings, City employees, City officials, volunteers, children and/or other persons. Furthermore, participation at these events and/or contact with/entry to any City owned buildings may INCREASE your risk and your child(ren)’s risk of contracting COVID-19.
If you, your child or a family member that you live with or care for are elderly, immune-compromised or have pre-existing conditions including, but not limited to, pregnancy, asthma, hypertension, diabetes etc…exposure to COVID-19 can cause serious illness or even death. The Center for Communicable Disease (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) strongly urge those members of society that are suffering from certain pre-existing conditions to stay at home and minimize their contact/interaction with persons outside of their household. It is also strongly recommended that all persons that have contact with/care for/live with individuals that suffer from pre-existing conditions that make them especially vulnerable to COVID-19 minimize their exposure to the general public, including involvement with day care centers and summer recreation programs, as they can become infected with COVID-19 and not know it.
By reading this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that, by being enrolled in/being involved with any City sponsored event or attending/visiting any City owned building, myself, other family members and members of my household as well as all other persons I come in contact with may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19. I further acknowledge that such exposure or infection may result in hospitalization, the accumulation of medical expenses, pain and suffering, personal injury, severe emotional distress, permanent disability, the creation of a permanent physical condition, loss of enjoyment of life and even death. I understand and acknowledge that the risk of being exposed to or infected with COVID-19 may result from or be caused by the actions, inactions, omissions, negligence, or the unintentional or intentional behaviors of myself and others, including but not limited to, City employees, officials, volunteers, representatives, agents, program participants and their families, third party vendors and other members of the public such as representatives from state and local agencies etc…
I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any loss or injury (including, but not limited to, personal injury, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, emotional distress, accumulation of medical expenses or death) that my child(ren), myself, other family members, persons living in my household or any other person may incur or experience in connection with my and my child(ren)’s attendance at City sponsored events and entry into City owned buildings. On behalf of myself, my child(ren), any of my heirs, assigns, representatives and agents, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge and hold harmless the City of East Orange and all of its employees, officials, program participants, representatives, agents and volunteers from any and all claims, including, but not limited to, all liabilities, financial obligations, actions, lawsuits, damages, costs and expenses of any kind arising out of or related to my or my child(ren)’s attendance at City sponsored events or entry into City owned buildings or the interaction/exposure of my child(ren) and myself to any City employees, officials, volunteers, program participants, vendors, agents and representatives. I understand and agree that this release includes any and all claims even those based upon or arising out of actions, omissions or negligence on the part of the City, its staff, employees, agents, program participants, vendors or representatives, regardless of whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during or after mine or my child(ren)’s participation in a City sponsored event or entry into a City building.
By continuing to apply or by closing this window, you agree to our COVID-19 policy.