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Information regarding COVID-19
Submitted By EGMHA Webmaster (JM) on Thursday, March 12, 2020
Both OMHA and Hockey Canada have issued statements regarding the Coronavirus. This situation serves as a reminder that the health and safety of participants is a priority, and prevention in the hockey environment should be considered by those around the game.

Among the safety recommendations that should be considered at all times during hockey programming includes a pre-game fist bump with hockey gloves on, instead of shaking hands. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Other recommendations include:

  • 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.
  • The Hockey Canada Safety Program 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, it is suggested 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.  
  • Avoid  raw  or  undercooked  animal  products  if  having  team  meals,  or  if  eating  while travelling to events/tournaments.
  • 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  hockey 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 hockey environment if they are showing any signs of infectious disease or virus.
  • Team members should be encouraged to self‐report if they feel ill.

More information can be found by clicking the following links:
EGMHA will continue to monitor the situation and will update information as it comes available.
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