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Waterloo Region Public Health Unit Moves To Yellow - Protect
Submitted By Chris Holdsworth on Friday, November 6, 2020
Ravens Families,

Earlier this week the Province of Ontario released the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “ Framework”). The Framework categorizes Public Health Units into 5 levels and it  outlines the public health and safety measures for workplaces, sports programs, restaurants and bars that are to be followed in each of the levels.

The five levels are:  Green- Prevent; Yellow- Protect; Orange - Restrict; Red- Control and Lockdown. As of November 7, 2020, Waterloo Region is in the Yellow - Protect category.

This means we must continue our diligence with following public health requirements of washing hands frequently and wearing face masks. The distance requirement has increased to 3 meters.

At this time, the City of Waterloo has indicated that the modified game play and practices we currently have in place do comply with the requirements of the Yellow- Protect categorization. This means that the number of ice participants and arena capacity remain as they currently are

The City is expecting regulations to be released in the coming days. Once the regulations have been received, there will be a meeting of the Regional Municipal Recreation Working group to ensure a consistent interpretation of the new rules and how they may affect the City's as well as other regional recreation programs moving forward. 

In terms of  Ravens ice times - we will be using all schedule times for practices and modified game play as per the posted schedule. The only change we are anticipating may be a limitation that we are only able to play against groups within our Region (i.e. potentially no Brantford; Guelph; Saugeen). We have asked WR Public Health for clarification and will communicate directly with the affected teams. 

All dry-land activities are being reduced in number to 10 inside and 25 outside. Your coach will be in touch with you regarding who is to participate in which scheduled dry-land activity. 

The other Public Health Units around us are categorized as follows (source government of Ontario website): 

Red-Control:

  • Peel Regional Health Unit.
  • City of Toronto - (until November 14 2020)

Orange-Restrict:

  • Ottawa Public Health; and
  • York Region Public Health.

Yellow-Protect:

    • Brant County Health Unit;
    • City of Hamilton Public Health Services;
    • Durham Region Health Department;
    • Eastern Ontario Health Unit;
    • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
    • Halton Region Public Health;
    • Niagara Region Public Health;
    • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services;
    • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit; and
    • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Players and Coaches from Public Health Units in more restrictive categories ( ie. Orange and Red) are not able to participate in Ravens activities at this time.

At this time, we are not sure how long the Yellow - Protect  categorization will be in place. This is 100% in the control of the Waterloo Region Medical Officer of Health and the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province. As an organization we will comply with the rules and regulations set out by the Public Health officials.

Your WGMHA Board is proactively looking at what the second half of our season may look like and as promised hope to be in a position to share the plans with you early in December.  We have received questions about refunds (if any) and registrations. We will answer these questions as we share the plans for the second half of our season. 

We are also working with the City to implement a solution for being able to wait under some kind of cover or inside as the inclement weather arrives. More to come on this as well. 

We want to keep our programs going and more importantly keep our Ravens on the ice. Your cooperation with and support of the public health requirements will help us move back to Green and reduce the chance of our area moving into a more restrictive category. It will also help us as a Region control the spread of COVID-19 and return our Region to the Green - Prevent level. 

Please remember that the entire organization, Parents, players, coaches and volunteers, must follow the guidelines set out by WGMHA and OWHA. Any deviation from the OWHA or the Ravens COVID-19 safety procedures and Return to Play Plans may result in sanctions, up to and including suspension from Ravens activities.  

We are hopeful that we can keep our Ravens programs going and we need everyone to do their part to mitigate the risks. 

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. 

 

Be Kind, Be Safe, Stay Healthy,

Sandra

Sandra Hanmer

519-574-0061

[email protected]

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