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COVID 19 UPDATE from the board
Submitted By Kyle Stirbet on Friday, August 21, 2020

COVID 19 UPDATE from the board:

(August 20, 2020)

Dear friends and members,

We’re reaching out in hopes that everyone is well and to provide an update on our upcoming 2020/21 ringette season.



 

Hopefully many of you have been keeping up with updates from Ringette Ontario and their return to play guidelines (https://ringetteontario.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/RO-Return-to-Ringette-v2.0-Updated-August-10.pdf). If not, we encourage you to have a look to learn more. Ringette will look different, but everyone is working to ensure that our members are safe, develop as players and of course have fun!

 

With the release of these updated guidelines last week, the EFRA Board is preparing a return to play plan on behalf of our association that is compliant with RO guidelines, Provincial Health Guidelines for the Province of Ontario, Municipal and Facility Regulations for our Associations’ Facilities and Ringette Canada’s Pan-Canadian Return to Ringette Guidelines. This plan needs to be approved by Ringette Ontario before we can initiate any on-ice activity.

 

As part of our planning, it is helpful for us to have an idea of how many families plan to register for ringette this fall. If you’re comfortable registering now, please click here for more information:https://elorafergusringette.ca/Pages/2190/2020_21_Registration_/

 

We also appreciate that many of you may be hesitant to register without a clear vision of how the season will look.  If you’re hesitant with registering or have questions, please send us an email at[email protected].

In the meantime, an initial draft overview of EFRA’s proposed stage 2 procedures are below for reference and we can share the following:

· Ice will go in on Pad A in the Centre Wellington Sportsplex and Elora Community Centre in early September. Safety protocols for scheduling and accessing ice are in development and will be reflected in EFRA’s Return to Play plan

· Once our plan is approved by Ringette Ontario (RO), we expect to be operating in Stage 2 – Return to Modified Training of RO’s guidelines defined as:

o   ringette activities to begin once the association has completed their own. Return to Ringette Activity package and had it approved by Ringette Ontario

o   focused on individual training and practicing but does allow participants to get back on the ice, if ice is available, under the facilities restrictions on number of participants and local health regulations

o   should emphasize small groups and focuses on development of fundamental skills

· EFRA is proposing we operate 12 weeks of programming to start October 1st - involving safe and physically distanced groups of players organized by age and skill level, with on-ice activity focused on skill and skating development…and of course fun.

· Please note that provincial stages may not align with RO’s ringette stages

· For players previously playing in other associations, RO is directing families to register and play in their local association for RO stages 2 and 3. Registrations can be transferred to other associations if needed in later stages.

· Over the fall we will continuously re-assess and respond to any changes as needed due to changes in the severity of COVID19.

 

We will share more details as soon as possible. In the meantime,  please make sure to visithttps://elorafergusringette.ca/for update and ensure you’re signed-up to receive email notifications by subscribing here:https://elorafergusringette.ca/Utils/Subscriptions/Email.aspx

 

Or follow us on social media:

• Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/elorafergusringette/

• Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/elorafergusringette/

 

And of course, if you have additional questions, please contact us anytime at[email protected].

 

Stay well and we look forward to being back on the ice soon,

EFRA Board of Directors

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Elora Fergus Ringette Association – Stage 2 Draft Overview of Procedures

 

Pre-Arrival:

- Players and coaches will be sorted into group of no more than 25 (called a cohort) based on age and skill level

- Each cohort will have a designated Screener

 

Arrival:

- Pre-screening – 24 hours prior to ice-time

- Screening upon entry to facility; entering as a group

- Everyone in the arena is wearing a mask

- Change rooms are not accessible; players arrive dressed (except skates and helmets); players must bring their own water bottles and cannot be shared.

- One parent per skater to assist with skate tying and spectating (exceptions can be made and must be approved 24 hours in advance).

 

On-Ice:

- 25 bodies on the ice maximum

- Physical distancing is required on the ice

- Players have a mask on until they have helmet on; and must be warn when helmet comes off

 

Post Ice-Time:

- If any players or anyone in your household are feeling unwell, experience symptoms of COVID19 or test positive for COVID19 or come in contact with anyone outside of ringette who had tested positive for COVID19, you must notify your designated screener immediately.

- Should any members of EFRA test positive for COVID19, all members will be notified immediately and ringette activity may be suspended.


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