Statement on Coronavirus [Updated]

UPDATED STATEMENT
4pm March 29th 2020

Today the Board announced an extension to the original fortnight hold on all club related activity, which will now continue until midnight April 26th. For more information, please see President Zac Martin’s email to members.

Members are encouraged to participate in the Run for the Raffle Competition and Junior’s Fortnightly Video Challenge to keep busy while in isolation.

UPDATED STATEMENT 
6pm March 19th 2020

Today Hockey Victoria announced, effective immediately, the winter season would be postponed until May 1. Read their statement.

The the club, we continue our two week hold announced yesterday (see below), which pauses all club activity until midday April 1.

President Zac Martin will email members directly before March 31 as to whether this pause will be lifted or extended, based on information that becomes avilable over the next fortnight. At this time we’ll also share information regarding what the 2020 season will look like.

President Zac Martin said: “We appreciate everyone’s support and patience. When the dust settles I’m looking forward to having a hit, and a sausage in bread with everyone.”

 

UPDATED STATEMENT 
7pm March 18th 2020

Today the Board has announced a two week hold on all club-related activity. For more information, please see President Zac Martin’s email to members.

The club fully expects to be up and running again from April 2, with the winter season to commence for Seniors and Masters on April 4.

Should the situation change, we will keep members updated.

 

UPDATED STATEMENT 
3pm March 17th 2020

Further to previous statements (below), the La Trobe University Hockey Club asks that any players, spectators, coaches or volunteers who have been in direct contact with anyone showing signs of cold or flu to self isolate from hockey activities for 14 days.

As per Hockey Victoria’s statement today, we continue as planned with training and the scheduled season, including Hookin2Hockey. Additionally precautionary measures will be taken where possible such as cleaning of hands before and after sessions, and avoiding the sharing of equipment.

Additionally, any member who chooses to self isolate voluntarily for any reason will not be penalised in any form.  Attendance at training and practice matches during these unprecedented times will not be considered in elite grade team selection.

If the situation changes we endeavour to provide updates as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns please email Club President Zac Martin.


UPDATED STATEMENT 

11am March 16th 2020

This morning the Victorian Government declared a State of Emergency in response to the evolving situation around COVID-19. As part of this announcement, the government has banned non-essential mass gatherings of 500 people or more. The ban will take effect today and last for a period of four weeks.

The health and safety of our players, coaches, umpires and supporters is, and will always be, our number one priority.

At this time, training, practice games, and fixtured matches will continue as normal, including programs such as Hookin2Hockey. We are monitoring the situation closely and continue to be guided by the information released by Hockey Victoria, La Trobe University, City of Darebin and the Victorian Government. As we receive up-to-date information, we will work to communicate this to you.

However in light of this announcement, Kevin Bannan Day, which was planned for this coming Saturday 21st March has been cancelled. Both Yarra and ourselves feel this decision was the responsible thing to do to as we collectively work to ‘flatten the curve’. At this stage, practice matches on this day for our Women’s and Men’s 1s will continue without the crowd. Kim and Dylan, our Women’s and Men’s Coordinators, will contact relevant players.

Given the uncertain nature of the current environment, we have also made the decision to postpone our social events for the time being including our First Round Pub Golf event. Events like this make up a big part of the Gunners experience for many of us, so this was a very difficult decision to make. There is a great line up of social activities planned for you this year and I look forward to sharing the calendar once the dust settles.

In terms of training and games, members are asked to avoid unnecessary contact, including handshakes. Please label drink bottles and avoid sharing food such as half time oranges. If you are feeling unwell we ask you do not attend any trainings or games – please contact your Section Coordinator. Any missed attendance due to illness will not affect selection.

As per our announcement last week (below), beyond postponing our social events we are, at this stage, largely business as usual. Please continue to register and pay your fees. We are working closely with Hockey Victoria and will update you should there be any changes.

If you have any questions or concerns please email Club President Zac Martin.


STATEMENT
11am March 12th 2020

La Trobe University Hockey Club is closely monitoring the situation regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its potential impacts on the upcoming 2020 hockey season.

The health and wellbeing of our players, coaches, umpires, and supporters is our priority.

Our response to the situation is guided by publicly available information and direction from partners such as Hockey Victoria. As per their statement dated 12 March, Hockey Victoria is continuing with the 2020 season as scheduled. This includes training, fixtures and programs running as normal.

We will work to ensure you are kept informed of any changes as they occur.

If you are displaying signs of infection with COVID-19, or any other communicable disease, please stay at home to recover and minimise the chance of infection to your teammates. Let your Coach, Captain or Section Coorindator know as soon as possible. Any missed attendance at training, practice games or season matches due to illness will not affect selection.

It has also been advised that players do not shake hands before or after each game.

Otherwise we remain business as usual, encouraging members to use common sense.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will be guided by information released by Hockey Victoria, Darebin City Council and La Trobe University. We are committed to keeping you informed and will provide updates as more information is available.

If you have any questions about the club’s response, please email Club President Zac Martin.

 

This entry was posted in News. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.