Updated: Tuesday 10th March
We are writing to update you on the current hockey club position with regard to COVID-19 Coronavirus. As a Club we are following the latest advice issued daily by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. We expect all of our players, juniors, parents, staff and our visitors to adhere to advice provided by this department.
It is important that all players, staff, parents and visitors consider this general advice for preventing the spread of respiratory viruses and we have listed a few key points below:
• Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people and avoid shaking hands with opponents before and after matches.
• Avoid public changing rooms if possible and arrive ready to play.
• If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend matches.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash hands with soap and water.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
• Face masks should be cleaned very regularly and where possible using alcohol-based cleaning wipes.
It is of paramount importance that we try to minimise, where possible, the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within the hockey club and area. With this in mind, prior to visiting the club site, please ask yourself the following questions.
Q1. Have you visited a Category 1 Region (as defined by the UK Government) within the last 14 days?
Q2. Have you visited a Category 2 Region (as defined by the UK Government) and are you suffering from any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19?
Q3. Has any immediate family member or anyone you have come into close contact with (socially or outside your workplace) been formally diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
Q4. Has any immediate family member or anyone you have come into close contact with (socially or outside your workplace) been asked to self-isolate within the last 14 days?
If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, then you should contact NHS 111 and self isolate until guidance has been given. They also have an online link
As a club we feel all members and potential visitors should take medical advice if they have symptoms of a cough, high fever or shortness of breath. Special attention should be taken by club members have recently returned from abroad, even if this is considered a low risk area and it is recommended that they monitor their temperatures and well being before attending the club or matches
The Club will be monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as required in relation to forthcoming training, matches and tournaments should guidelines change.
Finally, it is only natural that players want to appreciate the opposing team by shaking hands at the end of a game. We suggest that this could be replaced by tapping sticks but let’s just respect our opposition and see what develops moving forwards.
Thanking you for your support.