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COVID-19 Update
Submitted By Admin on Friday, March 13, 2020
COVID-19 Update Many people in our community have concerns about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

The Oshawa Storm Ringette Association (OSRA) is monitoring the situation and taking direction from its governing bodies, Central Region Ringette Association (CRRA) and Ringette Ontario (RO), as well as local, provincial and federal health authorities.  Currently, OSRA, CRRA and RO activities have NOT been cancelled.

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Everyone is encouraged to be vigilant in protecting their own personal health as well as be considerate in to the health of others

The information below is precautionary and for information sharing purposes. It does not indicate any additional risk in our OSRA community.

 

The following are recommendations that should be considered at all times 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 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. Players should not share clothing, bar soap or other personal items such as razors. 
  • 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 and injury in all teams. Parents are urged to keep their children away from the ringette environment if they are showing any signs of infectious disease or virus.
  • Team members should be encouraged to self-report if they feel ill.
  • Fist bump with ringette gloves on, instead of shaking hands.
  • Monitor travel restrictions on the Government of Canada Travel Advisory website, which can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

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.
  • It is further recommended that officials avoid the practice of drinking from the goaltender’s water bottle. If officials require water during a game, we suggest they have their own water bottle at the penalty bench.
  • There should not be sharing of water bottles in the penalty box, as well as no sharing of towels.

Good hygienic practices will help to maintain a healthy team atmosphere and ultimately assist in keeping all participants healthy throughout the rest of the season.

 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as required.


Sincerely, 

OSRA Board

 
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