As we continue to regularly monitor concerns associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) we wanted to take a moment to provide an update as it relates to NCHL activities.
Our top priority, as you know, is the safety of everyone involved with the NCHL.
Multiple hockey organization throughout the world have posted some guidelines for staying healthy on an off the ice. Dr. Michael Stuart from the Mayo Clinic, who is also a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation Medical Committee, has shared the importance that everyone follow the guidelines below and regularly visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization websites for additional information:
- Practice frequent and meticulous hand-washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and/or sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- Quarantine anyone who is sick (players, coaches, roommates etc.)
- Handshake lines after games should include fist bumps with gloves on or elbow touches
- Use individual water bottles; do not share them
- Towels should not be shared in any way
While the coronavirus is without question a significant concern, as of today, all activities within the NCHL will go on as planned. It is important to note, however, that the situation is fluid and we will provide updates as warranted.
It is worth noting that as of today, there are no directives from the Health Canada to avoid domestic travel, limit large groups or cancel sporting events.
Thank you for your diligence in following the guidelines above and continuing to stay engaged with this important topic.