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Mar 13 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Government of New Brunswick
Dear ANB members and friends,
Similar to all sports organization, Athletics New Brunswick is re-adjusting to the directives and information provided by governing bodies. Please find attached comprehensive information received from the Province of New Brunswick’s ministry that oversees sports yesterday afternoon. We encourage all to read through the information including its links, in particular the recommendations made by Health Canada in terms of measures in public places that we must collectively and individual take to ensure safety.
The ANB technical committee will also be meeting shortly to discuss any further recommendations that can be provided and applied in terms of ensuring the optimum of safety at training practices that remain ongoing.
We will continue to post all relevant information that is provided. Stay safe and stay healthy.
Below you can find the memo which has been released by the Province of New Brunswick.
"The Sport and Recreation Branch has received several questions from the sport and recreation sector seeking guidance regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We recognize the seriousness people are taking with this disease, and that sport and recreation governing bodies are faced with difficult decisions that might impact the delivery of programs and services. As the Sport and Recreation Branch has no direct oversight role over sport and recreation governing bodies, it is unable to instruct or direct them on what decisions to make in relation to COVID-19 and their sport and recreation operations. Each of your organizations is encouraged to adopt all advised actions by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) announcements and recommendations. This office will have the most up to date information on COVID-19 at the following website: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/biling/coronavirus.html Questions have also been raised regarding the recent memo from Education and Early Childhood Minister Dominic Cardy about community use of schools and the restrictions related to people returning from or have returned from international travel. The responsibility of managing school facilities, including policies and decisions pertaining to community use of schools falls under the responsibility of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Therefore, we advise that sport and recreation governing bodies follow directives from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and specific school district offices and schools regarding school facility usage during this time. Lastly, below are a couple of links to information from the Government of Canada that your organization might find helpful in its decision making related to activities, events and competitions: 1. Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus- infection/health-professionals/public-health-measures-mitigate-covid-19.html 2. Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus- infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html Sincerely, Jeff LeBlanc Director
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