COVID & SAFETY (Newcastle Village Minor Hockey Association)

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COVID & SAFETY



Click HERE for the full Hockey Canada list of Safety precautions.

Safety precautions are determined by our local Public Health Unit and our Arena's. As more information is shared - it will be posted.


Last updated: September 15, 2020


The following protocols are specific to the Newcastle Memorial Arena:


Hygiene:

  • The first aid kit will contain a bottle of hand sanitizer

  • Hand sanitization required upon entering the facility, before going on the ice and before leaving the facility

  • Encourage no touching of face namely mouth, nose and eyes

  • All players are to bring their own water bottle clearly labelled with their name 

  • There is to be absolutely no sharing of water bottles

  • Players should wash their water bottles between sessions

  • Tissues will be kept in the first aid kits

  • Coughing and sneezing are to be done into a tissue or their elbow

  • Tissues are to be discarded into a waste basket

  • Spitting and open nose blowing is prohibited

  • Players should travel to hockey activities only with family members

  • No sharing of food or drinks

  • Trainers should wear non-latex gloves and a mask when attending a player and gloves should be changed and hands sanitized/washed between treatment

  • Players should not handle pucks or other training equipment with their hands. Coaches are responsible for bringing pucks and training equipment to and from sessions as well as gathering pucks at the end of sessions. Hands should be sanitized after handling pucks or other training equipment.


Procedures if a participant is showing symptoms of Covid 19, illness reporting and return to play protocol:


Participant showing symptoms of Covid 19 at a hockey activity:

  • First aid kits will contain disposable protective masks

  • If an individual is showing symptoms of Covid 19 at a hockey activity they must immediately put on a mask, either their own or one supplied by the trainer

  • The ill person must immediately be sent home and asked to contact a physician and or the public health unit

  • Refer to Medical Information Sheets for guardian contact info if required

  • Adult participants can drive themselves home if feeling well enough

  • The participant is to contact their physician and the public health line

  • The participant can not return to the hockey environment until all public health authority steps have been completed and they have a note from the public health authority or physician advising that they have tested negative for Covid 19

  • The trainer or other team official completes the NVMHA on-line injury report indicating removal from play due to exhibiting Covid 19 symptoms

  • The NVMHA Head Trainer receives the on-line injury form and records the incident in the “Potential Covid 19 Tracker”

  • The NVMHA Head Trainer follows up with team officials for outstanding physician or public health authority notes using the “Potential Covid 19 Tracker” 


Participant advises having symptoms of Covid 19 and will not be attending a hockey activity:

  • The participant is to contact their physician and the public health line

  • The participant can not return to the hockey environment until all public health authority steps have been completed and they have a note from the public health authority or physician advising that they have tested negative for Covid 19

  • The trainer or other team official completes the NVMHA on-line injury report indicating removal from play due to exhibiting Covid 19 symptoms

  • The NVMHA Head Trainer receives the on-line injury form and records the incident in the “Potential Covid 19 Tracker”

  • The NVMHA Head Trainer follows up with team officials for outstanding physician or public health authority notes using the “Potential Covid 19 Tracker” 


Participant tests positive for Covid 19:

  • If a participant (or their guardian if a minor) elects to advise a team official or an NVMHA member of a positive Covid 19 test, consent should be obtained from the participant (or their guardian if a minor) to contact the public health authority to obtain advice on communication with other potentially impacted participants

  • Advise the participant (or their guardian if a minor) that any communication about the positive Covid 19 test will not contain the sick person’s name

  • The participant (or their guardian if a minor) should be advised to contact the public health authority to advise them of their above consent

  • The participant and anyone in the home are to be removed from all hockey activities

  • The person advised of the positive Covid 19 test completes the NVMHA on-line injury report indicating removed from play due to a positive Covid 19 test

  • The NVMHA Head Trainer receives the on-line injury form and records the incident in the “Confirmed Covid 19 Tracker”

  • The NVMHA Head Trainer reports the incident to the Public Health Authority

  • The NVMHA follows any guidance from the Public Health Authority regarding any communication about the positive test and any tracing of contacts

  • The participant and anyone in the home can not return to the hockey environment until all public health authority steps have been completed and they have a note from the public health authority or physician advising that they have tested negative for Covid 19

  • The NVMHA Head Trainer follows up outstanding physician’s notes using the “Confirmed Covid 19 Tracker” 



 

Here are some highlights from the document from Hockey Canada.



Should players/parents/coaches wear masks entering the facility and dressing room?

Yes, masks must be worn inside the facilities at all time (unless on ice).  During games, Coach/Trainer will have a mask on while on bench


Is it a requirement for all individuals, regardless of their age, to wear a mask in the facility?

Yes, masks must be worn inside the facilities at all time (unless on ice).

Should I sanitize water bottles after each practice/game?

Bottles should be labelled and washed after each practice or game.


My son/daughter currently sits in a car seat, and it recommends that hockey equipment not be worn. How can we come to the facility fully dressed for hockey?

It is important to follow guidelines specific to car seats and seat belts, and it would be recommended to wear only equipment that can be worn safely under current laws or guidelines. Hockey Canada recommends that players enter the facility in as much hockey equipment as possible, rather than changing together in dressing rooms where social distancing may be difficult to maintain. When player safety might be compromised by riding in a car seat fully dressed in hockey equipment, the child should leave home partially dressed in their equipment, and should put on the remainder of the equipment after arriving at, but before entering, the facility.








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