COVID-19 Coronavirus

March 17, 2020 UPDATE to March 12, 2020

Your health and safety are at the heart of everything we do at Pickleball Canada.

Therefore, Pickleball Canada supports all Canadian Federal and Provincial Health Authorities’ recommendations in their efforts to abate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Among the latest recommendations are those to limit, or suspend entirely, large group gatherings especially those where “seniors”, a designated vulnerable group, are involved.

It is incumbent on us, and all Canadian sport organizations, to exercise caution and comply with the relevant recommendations and applicable laws.


TOURNAMENTS

Unless circumstances change or an event has a prior cancellation: 
  • Pickleball Canada will cancel its Regional and National Tournaments in 2020 on the date that is six (6) weeks prior to the planned start date of such tournament, and
  • Pickleball Canada recommends to Provincial/local pickleball organizations the cancellation of all other 2020 Canadian pickleball tournaments on a similar 6-week prior basis, or sooner if felt appropriate.  If any such tournament does in fact proceed, the Tournament Director must ensure it is conducted in full compliance with the then current and relevant Health Authority Laws, Guidelines and Recommendations, and
  • Pickleball Canada will remove tournament sanctioning from all previously sanctioned tournaments that are cancelled or should be cancelled
 

LOCAL PLAY

  • Pickleball Canada requires that any local play that continues must only be undertaken if there is full compliance with all then current and relevant Health Authority Laws, Guidelines and Recommendations, including those described in our March 12 communique with respect to:
    •  group size limitations, and
    •  considerations regarding participation by a preponderance of seniors or other vulnerable groups, and
    • having an effective infectious disease containment and response plan in place that is well articulated throughout the players.


March 12, 2020
 

PERSONAL MEASURES FOR COVID-19

For those traveling abroad, please refer to the Travel Advice and Advisories by Government of Canada.
 
Given our diverse demographic, many of our members may have a health history that provides incentive to manage their risk of infection more aggressively.   Everyone will be making their own decisions on attendance at pickleball sessions.  Certainly, the gym/court environment, handling pickleballs, and sitting in close quarters could contribute to the spread of the virus.  We all need to take personal responsibility to help reduce this risk.  Each of us needs to do a personal symptom check-up daily.  If you have any symptoms of the COVID-19, the flu or even the common cold, please cancel your attendance at pickleball sessions until your symptoms pass. 

If you are exhibiting the symptoms of COVID-19 or you come into close contact with anyone you suspect could have COVID-19 or that you know is being quarantined/under self-isolation, the guidance received from Telehealth includes the following:
  • Self-isolate and monitor yourself for symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus for 14 days
  • If not getting well, visit your family doctor who will advise on the next step
  • Call ahead prior to visiting any health care provider and let them know about travel history and symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing) so that they can make special arrangements to see you quickly, provide testing, and ensure that you use proper infection control measures

Unless current governmental health authority guidance changes to the contrary, Pickleball Canada is suggesting that clubs and tournaments could carry on as normal, but with an Infectious Disease Response Plan in place. This includes additional daily sanitizing of facilities and equipment, additional hand sanitizer stations, expanded personal protection equipment policies for staff, contingency plans and reminding their staff and members to adhere to prevention measures from Health Canada.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Prevention measures include:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer/wipe. All players should wash/ wipe their hands at the beginning of the session before they enter the court and should again wash/wipe their hands when they leave the court.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

In addition to your provincial health websites, the Health Canada website has a daily update on the situation which should be reviewed regularly. 

Of special interest regarding mass gatherings, important information can be found HERE.

For those traveling abroad, please refer to the Travel Advice and Advisories by Government of Canada.
 
Given our diverse demographic, many of our members may have a health history that provides incentive to manage their risk of infection more aggressively.   Everyone will be making their own decisions on attendance at pickleball sessions.  Certainly, the gym/court environment, handling pickleballs, and sitting in close quarters could contribute to the spread of the virus.  We all need to take personal responsibility to help reduce this risk.  Each of us needs to do a personal symptom check-up daily.  If you have any symptoms of the COVID-19, the flu or even the common cold, please cancel your attendance at pickleball sessions until your symptoms pass. 

If you are exhibiting the symptoms of COVID-19 or you come into close contact with anyone you suspect could have COVID-19 or that you know is being quarantined/under self-isolation, the guidance received from Telehealth includes the following:
  • Self-isolate and monitor yourself for symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus for 14 days
  • If not getting well, visit your family doctor who will advise on the next step
  • Call ahead prior to visiting any health care provider and let them know about travel history and symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing) so that they can make special arrangements to see you quickly, provide testing, and ensure that you use proper infection control measures

Unless current governmental health authority guidance changes to the contrary, Pickleball Canada is suggesting that clubs and tournaments could carry on as normal, but with an Infectious Disease Response Plan in place. This includes additional daily sanitizing of facilities and equipment, additional hand sanitizer stations, expanded personal protection equipment policies for staff, contingency plans and reminding their staff and members to adhere to prevention measures from Health Canada.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Prevention measures include:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer/wipe. All players should wash/ wipe their hands at the beginning of the session before they enter the court and should again wash/wipe their hands when they leave the court.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

In addition to your provincial health websites, the Health Canada website has a daily update on the situation which should be reviewed regularly. 

Of special interest regarding mass gatherings, important information can be found HERE.

Pickleball Canada Board and the Interprovincial/Territorial Advisory Council