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OMHA safety recommendations includes pre-game fist bump with hockey gloves on.
Submitted By PMHA Admin on Thursday, February 6, 2020
Hockey Canada has issued an Information Bulletin regarding the Coronavirus. This situation serves as a reminder that the health and safety of participants is a priority, and prevention in the hockey environment should be considered by those around the game. Among the safety recommendations that should be considered at all times during hockey programming includes a pre-game fist bump with hockey gloves on, instead of shaking hands.

The Public Health Agency of Canada currently assesses the public health risk associated with 2019nCoV as low for Canada and for Canadian travellers. Public health risk is continually assessed as new information becomes available. Updates on nCoV can be found here.
This situation serves as a reminder that the health and safety of participants is a priority,
The following are recommendations that should be considered at all times during hockey programming:
Players should not share clothing, bar soap or other personal items such as razors.
Fist bump with hockey gloves on, instead of shaking hands.
Good team hygiene includes ensuring all players and staff have their own water bottles to prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria. 
Bottles should be labelled and washed after each practice or game. 
It is further recommended that officials avoid the practice of drinking from the goaltender’s water bottle. If officials require water during a game, we suggest they have their own water bottle at the penalty bench. 
There should not be sharing of water bottles in the penalty box, as well as no sharing of towels. 
• Towels should not be shared on the team bench.
• Gloves should be worn by staff handling towels or laundry in the team environment.
Practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing (not your hands).
• Advise players to try and not touch their own mouths or nose when in the hockey environment to reduce the chance of them passing an infection on to themselves.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; consider having hand sanitizer on hand for dressing rooms and hotels.
• Avoid contact with sick people, including those with acute respiratory infections.
• Monitor illness and injury in all teams. Parents are urged to keep their children away from the hockey environment if they are showing any signs of infectious disease or virus.
• Team members should be encouraged to self-report if they feel ill.
• Monitor travel restrictions on the Government of Canada Travel Advisory website
 
Good hygienic practices will help to maintain a healthy team atmosphere and ultimately assist in keeping all participants healthy throughout the season. 
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