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I answer this as the USAT Regional Officials Coordinator for this region.  If you visit the USA Triathlon website and look for “safe return to racing” you can view the USAT “safe return to multisport initiative“.  As for actual races.  Last summer one of the local race directors put on a limited field race.  In talking to three of my officials, that participated as athletes, everyone indicated that all of the athletes adhered to the guidelines.  This particular event had a time trial start.  Bikes were racked further apart than what we were used to.  While waiting for the time trial start, athletes wore masks and maintained “social distancing”  Another race was held in early October that used officials.  In the post race paperwork, the head official indicated that the Race Director followed the suggested guidelines, athletes respected the social distancing guidelines before and after the race, and wore masks when not racing.   She indicated that she felt “safe” the entire time.  Hope this helped, good luck this season!