Volunteer Release Waiver
- I hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the City of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Park Board, their agents, employees, attorneys, directors, donors, sponsors and volunteers from all claims of whatever nature, including but not limited to personal injury or death and property damage.
- I understand that there are risks, known and unknown, associated with volunteering at Cincinnati Park sites, including but not limited to injury by tools and hazardous or hidden substances or materials; and I assume all such risks arising from this volunteer activity.
- I understand that the Parks staff and all other volunteers are not qualified to administer emergency medical or first aid care. I consent to the securing of an emergency vehicle on my behalf in the event that I am incapacitated or injured.
- I also consent to the use of my photograph, without compensation or payment, or likeness in connection with publicity or information about the Cincinnati Parks.
Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19
The novel coronavirus, 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 contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and health agencies recommend social distancing, wearing facial coverings, and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people.
The City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Park Board (collectively “Parks”) have created protocols and preventative measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. By participating in Parks’ activities and programs (“Parks’ programs”), you agree to follow all such protocols and all federal, state, and local laws and orders governing prevention and treatment of COVID-19, including but not limited to the following: Do not participate in Parks’ programs if you or someone in your home is symptomatic (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), or if someone you’ve come into close contact with is under investigation or diagnosed with COVID-19; use face coverings and practice social distancing at all times while on the site; keep at least six feet from other people even when working outside; use gloves at all times to handle tools and equipment. Parks will provide hand soap, sanitizer, and cleaning supplies such as Clorox and paper towels on site. You must frequently use these cleaning products for yourself and for equipment between uses. If you do not see cleaning products, ask a Parks’ representative and they will be provided to you. Parks cannot guarantee that you or others will not become exposed to or infected with COVID-19 by participating in Parks’ programs regardless of whether the protocols, laws, and orders are followed, and regardless of Parks’ reasonable efforts to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
By signing this agreement, I agree to adhere to the above protocols and rules governing COVID-19. I agree that my attendance or participation in any Parks’ program may increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I or others may be exposed to or be infected by COVID-19 by attending or participating in Parks’ programs, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, or death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the Parks’ program may result from the acts, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Parks’ employees, agents, volunteers, and other program participants. I understand that based on the inherent nature of Parks’ programs and proximity to other people, it is impossible to prevent all potential sources of transmission of COVID-19 despite all reasonable efforts of Parks.
I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself or others I come into contact with, including but not limited to personal injury, disability, or death, as well as any illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or others may experience or incur in connection with my participation in the Parks’ program due to exposure or infection by COVID-19. I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Parks, its employees, agents, and volunteers, from any and all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to my participation in the Parks’ program. I understand and agree that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Parks, its employees, agents, and volunteers, whether a COVID-19 exposure or infection occurs before, during, or after participation in the Parks’ program.