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Mar 16 2020 - ANB Advisory and Recommendations COVID -19

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The ANB board is writing to provide its directive and recommendations to all ANB members and family members. As background and at this time, neither Health Canada nor the Province of New Brunswick’s Public Health department have issued a cease-all-activities order to National Sport Associations nor provincial ones. In NB there has been a call to cancel all activities with over 150 participants.

The purpose of all other directives (travel and other) taken by the Province of New Brunswick and its Public Health department, are in our opinion, threefold:

To ensure a safe environment for all our population To contain the spread of the virus or severely reduce the chance of any spread To better assess the extent to which the virus is present within our population (1 confirmed and 1 probable as of March 16th) – The measures put in place should allow Public Health to make that determination.

The ANB Technical Committee lead by Steve LeBlanc (ANB Dir. Of High Performance) and coach representatives from across the Province met on Saturday and have provided the board with the following recommendations.

“We discussed what each AC branch has done to this point as well as other NSO's and PSO's. We also considered that the timing right now puts most athletes in a transition phase between indoor and outdoor seasons, and most clubs would be operating in a part-time training mode at this time of year anyway.

While we were not able to come to a consensus on a specific recommendation per se, we were able to all agree that ANB should strongly recommend that clubs reduce the number of participants in attendance and perhaps the frequency of organized practices that take place over the next 2 weeks at minimum.”

We therefore strongly recommend that:

That whatever facility is hosting club practices that the leadership of the clubs is comfortable that procedures and the cleaning of these facilities meet the Public Health safety advisory. That every aspects of the practices meet guidelines issued by Public Health (see below) Clubs cease operating in regular manner, in particular, as it concerns training sessions that bring many athletes together in one place at one time. Group sizes should be limited to no larger than 15 athletes and less. In fact, individual or very small groups of 2 to 4 would seem ideal. Changing to outdoor training be encouraged where possible. Any athlete or parent/guardian of an athlete feel entirely at liberty to take more restrictive measures without any undue pressures.

For your information and to our knowledge here is a recap of what actions have taken place so far in our sport in our Province.

Facility Closures: The Gagetown military sport facility is closed, CEPS in Moncton is now closed, with the exception of the Physio clinic.

Clubs: The SJTC, Aetos, and Chaleur Clubs have ceased all regular practices until March 28th.

Universities: Both UdeM and UNB have ceased all varsity team training and activities as part of a curtailing all student activities until April 28th (and classes until March 30th).

The members of the ANB Technical committee and your Board and staff will continue to monitor the situation and public health notices and will provide further updates as needed and no later than next Monday March 23rd.

Please do ensure all ANB members independent of age, are aware of the Public Health notice below:

Stay well, stay connected, Stay healthy. Thank you.

Public Health Guidelines:

Washing your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of viruses) & following the recommended guidelines (minimum of 20 seconds) Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands as noted above) Players and staff should use their own water bottles to prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing over 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available Avoid contact with sick people, including avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections Practice safe social distancing (maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing

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