Covid-19 Update from Ringette Alberta
It is with sadness and disappointment that we pass on this message from Ringette Alberta regarding the remainder of the season.
Ringette Alberta is in communication with Ringette Canada and monitoring Alberta Health and Health Canada for evolving information on COVID-19. The update today from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer is that Alberta’s risk level remains low.
We are assessing the risk related to our Provincial Championships, using the Government of Canada’s risk matrix as a guide: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html
As the situation evolves, Ringette Alberta will continue to communicate with our event hosts and our membership.
Currently, Ringette Alberta is cancelling all Banquets and Opening Ceremonies at our Provincial events, due to the high density/proximity of these events.
The Provincial Competitions are still proceeding as scheduled, with the following protocols in effect:
- Banquets, opening and closing ceremonies are prohibited
- To further limit contact, we are recommending participants, volunteers and a limited number of fans (parents/guardians only) are in the venue. Health Canada recommendations to further limit the risk include staggering arrival/departures (do not congregate in the lobbies before or after games), maintain a distance of 2 meters.
- To promote social distancing, teams are requested to not attend other games and refrain from crowding in lobby or public areas.
- Each team must conduct its own risk assessments related to transportation, accommodations and team meals and take the appropriate measures.
- ALL individuals who are SICK must self-isolate and will not attend the events.
- It is recommended that elderly people and people with compromised immune systems do not attend the events.
- Anyone, player or spectator, returning from international travel (within the last 14 days) may not attend. This comes from the formal recommendations made by Alberta Health this afternoon.
- Decisions to make further regulations or postpone/cancel subsequent Provincial Competitions will be reviewed daily, as we continue to receive more information.
The following are additional recommendations that should be considered during ringette programming:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Make soap and/or hand sanitizer available in the dressing rooms and hotels.
- Avoid contact with sick people, including avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
- Gloves should be worn by staff handling towels or laundry in the team environment
- Towels should not be shared on the team bench. (As well as clothing, soap or other personal items).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, wash hands).
- Advise players to try and not touch their own mouths or nose when in the ringette environment to reduce the chance of them passing an infection on to themselves.
- Monitor illness.
- Team members should be encouraged to self-report if they feel ill.
- Teams will no longer shake hands, instead will fist-bump with gloves on at the end of games. Referees will be excluded from the handshake lines.
- Ringette Canada recommends the following protocol as it relates to the use of water bottles:
- Good team hygiene includes ensuring all players and staff have their own water bottles to prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria.
- Bottles should be labelled and washed after each practice or game.
- There should NOT be sharing of water bottles.
Host Associations can take additional precautions by:
- Where possible, making hand sanitizing stations readily available. Washing/sanitizing high traffic areas (scorekeeper box, shot clock remotes, etc)
- Discouraging loitering/crowding in public spaces.
- Medals will be given to Team Staff following the Finals to distribute, not handed to individual players.
More information regarding the COVID-19: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
COVID-19 coronavirus information for Albertans (updated twice daily): https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
If you have symptoms, stay home and call Health Link (811). They will provide you with instructions and advice.