We continue to regularly monitor concerns associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) and wanted to take a moment to provide an update as it relates to NCHL activities.
Our top priority, as you know, is the safety of everyone involved with the NCHL.
The Public Health Agency of Canada currently assesses the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada and for Canadian travellers.
Public health risk is continually assessed as new information becomes available. Updates on COVID-19 can be found at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
At this time, all arenas and recreation facilities that we have spoken to are still open for activities.
We have not been ordered to pause the NCHL schedule.
We ask that all players and officials use judgment while attending games in the foreseeable future and follow the following recommended procedures.
• Practice frequent and meticulous hand-washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and/or sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
• Quarantine anyone who is sick (players, coaches, roommates etc.)
• Ensure safe food sources; thoroughly cook meat and eggs
• Handshake lines after games should include fist bumps with gloves on or elblow touches
• Use individual water bottles; do not share them
• Towels should not be shared in any way
Multiple hockey organization throughout the world have posted some guidelines for staying healthy on an off the ice. Dr. Michael Stuart from the Mayo Clinic, who is also a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation Medical Committee, has shared the importance that everyone follow the guidelines above and regularly visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization websites for additional information.
We are in constant communication with various forms of government and facility operators and will update you as soon as the situation changes.
At this time, all games are still scheduled to proceed as normal.
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