EUPA COVID-19 update March 13

Defrost Tournament is cancelled. Leagues are continuing as scheduled.

With cancellations of international professional sports leagues, media attention on outbreaks around the world, and further updates from Alberta Health Services, we know there’s a lot of worry and fear out there about the novel coronavirus and its spread in Alberta. Building on our previous update, we wanted to loop you in to our evolving response to the situation.

Out of an abundance of caution, our board has voted to cancel our tournament Defrost on March 28. Refunds will be issued to all registered participants. While we’re putting a hold on the tournament for this season, we’re looking forward to bringing it back next year to thaw out from winter and bring in summer league!

Alberta Health Services currently recommends cancellation of sporting events with more than 250 participants. With less than 70 participants and with sanitization and distancing measures in place, our leagues will still continue as scheduled. To recap, those measures are:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer thoroughly and regularly, especially before and after games. Cover your coughs and sneezes using the crook of your elbow rather than your hands, and wash your hands after you blow your nose.
  • Take a minute at home to thoroughly wash discs that you’re bringing to the fields before and after games. We’ll also be distributing bleach and water sprays to field coordinators so that game discs can be disinfected before games, at half time, and after games. Note that after being sprayed, discs should be left to air dry instead of being wiped so that they get properly disinfected.
  • Avoid high fiving teammates throughout games or when subbing. At the end of games, instead of spirit circles, handshakes, or high fives, do elbow bumps or just give each other shoutouts.
  • Avoid sharing water bottles or snacks with fellow players.
  • If you’re feeling sick (especially if you have a fever or cough), stay home and avoid public gatherings until your symptoms clear up.
  • Finally, if you end up having exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home and let us know the date of your exposure.

We understand that everyone has different situations in their life, and that personal risk assessments may differ from those that we are making as an organization based on the recommendations from Alberta Health Services. We encourage all our members to make decisions around participation that reflect their own needs, as well as those of their families and their communities. If you would like to withdraw from our programs at this time, please get in touch.

Again, thank you for your cooperation in keeping our leagues healthy. We’ll continue to keep monitoring the situation and updating you as circumstances evolve. And again, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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