Operational plan COVID-19

INTRODUCTION
Goody’s Ball Hockey follows the directives of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Office of the New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of Health. Therefore, the measures we are taking to protect everyone associated with our program is to help flatten the COVID-19 curve. These measures are based on the information we have available to us today, and need to be modified if the situation changes.

HEALTH TEST MEASURES
We ask all participants, coaches, volunteers and parents to perform a health test before the session.
We ask that you stay home and immediately contact Christian Gaudet, President (info@goodysballhockey.com) if any of the below applies to you:
• Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
• Have travelled outside the province in the last 14 days
• Have two or more of the symptoms of the coronavirus:
– Fever above 38 degrees Celsius or signs of fever (such as chills);
– A new cough or worsening chronic cough;
– Sore throat
– Runny nose
– Headache
– A new onset of fatigue
– A new onset of muscle pain
– Diarrhea
– loss of sense of taste
– loss of sense of smell
– In children, purple markings on the fingers or toes
• If at any point (before, during and after a session) you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, immediately put on your mask, isolate yourself and immediately call 811.

GENERAL HEALTH MEASURES
• Reminder to follow general health measures suggested by the Office of New Brunswick Medical Officer of Health to reduce the spread such as:
     – Practice good respiratory hygiene. When you cough or sneeze, please use a tissue (or sleeve if tissue is unavailable) and dispose of the tissue immediately.
     – You should wash your hands often with soap or hand sanitizer (hand sanitizer will be made available at the door, you will need to sanitize before entering the building).
     – Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
     – When possible, avoid touching doors, walls, seats and rink glass.
     – Do not bring food in the facility.
     – Do not share towels, water bottles and any other equipment (please properly label your water bottles).
     – Stay home if you are not feeling well.
     – Avoid contact with someone who is sick.
     – Clean and wipe down your ball hockey equipment before and after a session.
     – Stay in the playing zone assigned by your coach.
     – We also ask that participants read and understand the COVID 19 virus.
     – Get tested if they are experiencing symptoms.

Source of information: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html

PLAYING ZONES
• The arena will be dividend in three zones (zone A = left, zone B = middle, zone C = right). Each zone will contain two teams. The same two teams will stay in their respective zones for the duration of the session. To know your child’s zone ahead of time, simply go on our website and click on the schedule tab.

SESSION OVERVIEW
• You will only be able to enter the facility 15 minutes prior to the session (must wear mask when entering the arena). We are trying to reduce the risk of potential crowds at the entrance.
• Hand sanitizer will be made available at the door, you will need to sanitize before entering the building.
• There will be someone at the entrance taking everyone’s attendance (participants and parent/guardian). Sign in is mandatory before entering the facility.
• Youth levels will not have access to change rooms (please get dressed at home).
• Once you enter the arena, a Goody’s staff member will direct you to your respective waiting area. Each waiting area will be a minimum of 6 feet (2 metre) from one another. Participants can only remove their mask once they are in their assigned zones (which includes the players benches).
• Once the group before you is off the playing surface, your coach will direct you towards your zone.
• Stay in your assigned zone for the duration of the session.
• Game play and battle drills may be permitted unless different direction from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of New Brunswick.
• Once the session is finished, you will have 10 minutes to exit the facility (no socializing after a session).
• Youth levels will not have access to change rooms (please get undressed at home).
• Participants must immediately put on their mask at the end of the session and before leaving their assigned zone (mask are mandatory at all time for coaches, volunteers and parent/guardian).

USE OF DRESSING ROOMS
• Changing rooms will not be accessible for youth levels (only goaltenders will be aloud to use dressing rooms). You will need to arrive at the rink wearing your full ball hockey attire. It is highly recommended to dress at home and not in the parking lot.
• Changing rooms will be available for adults categories 15 minutes before their session. The mask is mandatory in the dressing rooms unless you are able to properly social distance yourself. These individuals will have 15 minutes after the end of the session to exit the facility. Adult levels will only have access to showers if in yellow phase.

USE OF WATER FOUNTAIN
• Access to water fountains will be available to fill water bottles but cannot drink out of the fountain. Participants are encouraged to fill their water bottles at home before arriving at the arena.

USE OF PLAYERS BENCHES
• Each zone (A-B-C) will have two teams that will have their own chairs. Participants will be encouraged to have their own chair for the duration of the session to limit contact.

USE OF EQUIPMENT
• Balls and cones will be disinfected before and after each session.
• Pinnies that are used or touched will be washed and disinfected before and after each session.
• Goalie gear will not be shared between participants. This year Goody’s ball hockey will not be lending out goalie gear for participants. If we do provide equipment, it will be for the duration of the summer (same individual wearing the same goalie gear for the duration of the summer).

WEARING A MASK
• Wearing a mask is mandatory for everyone inside the arena. The mask can only be removed once the participants are in their assigned zone. Once the session is finished, the participant must put on their mask before exiting their zone. We will modify accordingly to stay compliant with NB Health guidelines.

PARTICIPANT GUIDELINES
• Facemask are mandatory at all time except when they are entering the playing area.
• Physical distancing (minimum of two metres) will be required in phase orange. This will be loosen in phase yellow.
• Participants should stay in the zone assigned by there coaches.
• There will be no Goody’s cheer, high fives or shaking hands.

COACHING AND VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES
• Facemask are mandatory at all time.
• Coaches should know which zone they are coaching in and what teams would be playing in that zone.
• Coaches are also to be concerned with players following the distancing measures.

PARENT/GUARDIAN GUIDELINES
• Facemask are mandatory at all time.
• Parents / guardians will head directly to the seating area where they will sit or stand at lease 6 feet from one another.
• In order to limit the amount of people in the facility at any given time, we are asking that:
      – Phase yellow: only two accompanying person per child (2 parents or 1 parent + 1 brother/sister) can attend a Goody’s Ball Hockey events. Participants aged 12 and under count as an accompanying person.
      – Phase orange: U9 and younger : only one accompanying person per child is permitted in the facility. U11 and older: no parent/guardian permitted in the arena
• In an effort to maintain physical distancing in the seating area, we will be asking families to refrain from bringing extended family members or friends to games.
• In the event where a sibling or a second adult is to attend an event due to reasons beyond their control, we ask that all members stay together and keep following Government of New-Brunswick and public health guidelines.

CONCLUSION
The health and safety of our participants, staff, and parents are at the top of our priority. We will follow and be fully compliant with the guidelines and regulations of the NB Government and those of the arena. We encourage our participants to stay on top of the news and we will thoroughly communicate new and relevant information to our participants. During these unprecedented times, Goody’s ball hockey will be continuing to monitor the fluid and changing situation in New Brunswick.
Again, the safety of everyone involved is at the top of our priority and we will consciously work with all forms of government in order to do our part.