MDHA COVID-19 Safety Plan
Last updated January 31, 2022
Association name: Metcalfe District Minor Hockey Association
Date completed: August 13, 2021
Date distributed: August 18, 2021
Revision date: Jan 31, 2022
Developed by: VP, Risk and Safety
Others consulted: HEO, City of Ottawa, MDHA
How will you ensure all participants, parents, guardians know how and are able to keep themselves safe from exposure to COVID-19?
Ensure our procedures are up to date with review of Provincial and Territorial Authorities’ guidance, such as Ottawa Public Health, HEO and GHA.
- Coronavirus Update link on website with links to:
- Regular meetings to review any updates
- Updates sent out from VP, Risk and Safety on COVID-19 Protocols
- Frequent review of local, provincial and federal information updates
How will you screen for COVID-19?
- Safety Officers: Associations must have a designated Safety Officer (responsible for Screening and maintaining Participant Logs, and enforcement of all HEO and facility safety protocols) for all ice times and activities.
- Screening will be done by way of two methods:
- Using the Verify Ontario App to screen vaccination proof of each person entering the ice pad.
- Teamsnap Health checks for contact tracing
How will you control the risk of transmission in your Association?
We will follow safety protocols and processes laid out by Facility staff, HEO and GHA.
Masks: Masks must always be worn inside a facility while not taking part in games or practices. Masks must be worn, and social distancing maintained when in dressing rooms. Due to potential space limitations that may exist in dressing rooms, it is still encouraged for players and team officials to put on their equipment as much as is practically possible before a tryout, evaluation, or team event, before entering the facility. Coaches, Trainers, Athletic Therapists, Off-Ice officials should wear masks on the Players’ Bench and Penalty Box area.
Social Gatherings: Minimize social gatherings of participants and spectators both before and after the activity. This includes spectator areas and the parking lot.
Carpooling: Limit carpooling and meals (in homes or at restaurants) to those within your household. Reserve carpooling with one (1) other household if there are transportation barriers.
Equipment: Clean and disinfect equipment between uses. Do not share your sports gear with other people. If necessary, shared equipment should be sanitized between users. Water Bottles must be clearly labelled with the participant’s name. Water bottles cannot ever be shared.
Facility operators are responsible to interpret and enforce all Provincial and local Public Health Safety Requirements. It is imperative that all Associations, Leagues and Teams work closely with and adhere to the facility’s COVID safety protocol requirements.
How will you make sure your plan is working?
We will set up a monthly board meeting between the Executive and the risk and safety representative.
COVID-19 safety plan
- Executive along with Risk and Safety meet regularly to review process/procedures.
- Evaluate plan as needed.