Ringette Provincials in the Time of Coronavirus, News (Ajax & Pickering Ringette)

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Ringette Provincials in the Time of Coronavirus
Submitted By Jake Kempenaar on Wednesday, March 11, 2020
As our teams are getting set to compete in their respective Provincial tournaments (AA, A U12 and Regionals), I want to wish all of our teams enjoyable and successful weekends.  Do Ajax and Pickering proud with a high compete and sportswomanship level.

As most are aware, there is increasing concern regarding the coronovirus referred to as COVID-19.  At present, there are 36 confirmed cases in Ontario.  I want to assure everyone travelling to these events, that the risks to our players, coaches and parents remains relatively very low.  Having said that, there are measures that individuals and teams can take to mitigate their risks; the most important of which is WASH YOUR HANDS.  


It has been established that the COVID-19 coronavirus, like most viruses, are spread via droplets primarily from coughing and sneezing into hands or surfaces.  Your hands are the greatest vector for spread of the vast majority of respiratory illnesses.  The simple measure of washing your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer frequently, coughing or sneezing into elbows and avoiding unnecessary contact with hands (ie not sliding your hand down the entire railing while descending steps) can significantly reduce risks to you and others.  Wearing masks will do very little to help asymptomatic people and may in fact increase episodes of putting your hands unnecessarily to your face.  Make it a routine practice to wash hands before all team meals (at restaurants or hotels).  Also, I would suggest that the customary hand shakes at the end of games be replaced with fist or forearm pumps with gloves on.

Remaining conscientious of our activities and not allowing ourselves to become complacent will continuously keep us all safer.

Safe travels to everyone and Play Smart
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