March 12, 2020
Surrey Minor Ball Hockey takes the health and well-being of our athletes, coaches and referees very seriously. We share the global concerns related to the spread of the corona virus COVID-19 and are committed to trusting and respecting the opinions and direction of the world’s health organizations including the Public Health Agency of Canada, British Columbia’s Ministry of Health, BC’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Bonnie Henry, and the local health authorities in Surrey with respect to any action we take to minimize risk to our participants, while also maintaining our program in as close to a normal environment as possible.
Canada's pandemic goals are: 1) to minimize serious illness and overall deaths, and 2) to minimize societal disruption among Canadians. This approach will guide Canada's response to COVID-19 and is based on currently available scientific evidence, expert opinion, and public health assumptions. We will continue to follow their lead and respond to their recommendations.
At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Province of BC have assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada and recommends assessing the risk from a specific situation or event on a case-by-case basis.
At this time Surrey Minor Ball Hockey has not cancelled any events and we are planning to open our season on time. We are implementing a phased approach for competitions this spring:
SMBHA suggests that our members adopt the following protocols immediately:
Obviously this situation is new to all of us and developing literally on a minute-by-minute basis. In the coming days the SMBHA Executive will be meeting internally and with members of our partner associations in neighbouring municipalities along with our governing body West Coast Minor Ball Hockey to determine our collective approach. If that consultative process leads to a change in our current position (and it certainly might), we will keep you apprised. For now, we are planning to open on March 31, because that is prudent. But it is also prudent that we begin to consider other alternatives, so we will do that too. We will not start our season if there is any doubt about the health of our participants and member families.
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