To: Softball community
From: Softball Ontario
Date: March 13, 2020
Softball Canada, Softball Ontario and the Member Associations are continuously monitoring the very fluid COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak situation. The risk level remains low and no specific measures for travel, participation in sporting events or training are in place beyond good hand washing and covering coughs or sneezes.
As of now, the Softball Ontario’s clinics will go on as planned. With relatively small numbers of adults who are able to self-monitor and manage COVID-19 risks. If you feel sick or have traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, we would ask that you refrain from attending the clinic. However, for those who feel well, the clinics will continue.
A full refund will be provided to any participant who chooses not to attend an upcoming clinic due to the fear of virus transmission.
In order to manage the risk we will :
Check the advice from the authorities in the community where you plan to hold the meeting or event. Follow their advice.
- Develop and agree on a preparedness plan to prevent infection at your meeting or event.
- Develop and agree on a response plan in case someone at the meeting becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, malaise).
- Provide information or a briefing, preferably both orally and in writing, on COVID-19 and the measures that organizers are taking to make this event safe for participants.
- Display dispensers of alcohol-based hand rub prominently around the venue.
- If there is space, arrange seats so that participants are at least one meter apart.
- Open windows and doors whenever possible to make sure the venue is well ventilated
- Refrain from physical contact, such as shaking hands.
- If anyone who starts to feel unwell, follow your preparedness plan or call your hotline. Depending on the situation in your area, or recent travel of the participant, place the person in the isolation room. Offer the person a mask so they can get home safely, if appropriate, or to a designated assessment facility.
- Thank all participants for their cooperation with the provisions in place.
- Retain the names and contact details of all participants for at least one month. This will help public health authorities trace people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 if one or more participants become ill shortly after the event.
- If someone at the meeting or event was isolated as a suspected COVID-19 case, the organizer should let all participants know this. They should be advised to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and take their temperature twice a day.
- If they develop even a mild cough or low-grade fever (i.e. a temperature of 37.3 C or more) they should stay at home and self-isolate. This means avoiding close contact (1 meter or nearer) with other people, including family members. They should also telephone their healthcare provider or the local public health department, giving them details of their recent travel and symptoms.
Risk Warning: Sports programs should disseminate information to all staff, coaches, players, parents, and spectators about the COVID-19 practices that should be undertaken to mitigate risks. Information should be disseminated by way of email, social media, coach talks, and public announcements.
Softball Canada has the following update on their website.