AAGHA COVID-19 Protocols and Screening

Call 911 if you are experiencing any of these issues:
1. Severe difficulty of breathing (struggling for each breath, can only speak in single words)
2. Severe chest pain (constant tightness or crushing sensation)
3. Feeling confused or unsure of where you are
4. Losing consciousness

If you are in any of the following at risk groups, we ask that you speak with your physician prior to participating:
1. 70 years old or older
2. Getting treatment that compromises (weakens) your immune system (for example, chemotherapy, medication for transplants, corticosteroids, TNF inhibitors)
3. Having a condition that compromises (weakens) your immune system (for example, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, heart condition)
4. Regularly going to a hospital or health care setting for a treatment (for example, dialysis, surgery, cancer treatment)

Protocols

1. Please download and use the RAMP Team app to RSVP for each practice and game prior to coming to the rink. When you RSVP, you will be prompted with the COVID screening questions. This will speed things up when you arrive at the rink.

(If you can’t access the RAMP Team app, you should verbally complete the OWHA COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire below BEFORE you come to the arena. Do NOT bring the paper copy of the screening as we want to minimize the things we touch.)

If you have ANY concern, please stay home.

2. When you arrive, you MUST verbally check in with the team COVID Monitor. This could be a different person at each session. Players should check in FIRST so they can get their skates on. When all players are finished, parents can check in.

3. For Morgan Firestone Rink A, enter using the rear doors (baseball field parking).
For Rink B, enter using the front doors (Jerseyville).

4. Bring and wear a mask. Masks are REQUIRED at all times inside all facilities. Players and coaches do not need to wear a mask while on the ice. Please wear your mask outside the facility as well when you are around other people. Everyone is expected to bring their own mask.

5. Physical distancing is required at all times.

6. Players may only arrive at the arena 15 minutes prior to ice time. Unless otherwise instructed, if you arrive earlier, please wait in the parking lot.

7. Players should come at least partially dressed as the change rooms will not be accessible. Morgan has chairs for the girls to tie their skates. The girls can come in carrying their (helmet, skates and gloves, pads) and a smaller bag so they have a clean place to store their masks. Hockey bags are strongly discouraged.   

8. Each player should bring their own, clearly labelled, water bottle. Bottles should be filled
before coming to the rink. Some arenas may have bottle filling stations. Bottles cannot be
shared.

9. Only one parent per player.  City personnel are also collecting contact tracing information from parents that they will sign at the monitor table.  Parents will have specific viewing areas and are not permitted in the lobby area.

10. As an extra safety measure, we are recommending that all players, coaches and family members install and use Canada’s free exposure notification app – COVID Alert (download from the app store for iOS or Android)

Please familiarize yourself with the Ancaster Avalanche Girls Hockey Association COVID-19 Response Protocol on the association’s COVID-19 Information page.

What to Expect at City Arenas

Restrictions may vary by facility.

OWHA Health Screening Questionnaire

This questionnaire must be completed by each individual prior to participation in EACH on-ice or off-ice activity. This questionnaire may be completed verbally.

The answer to all questions must be “NO” in order to participate in each on-ice or off-ice activity.

1. Are you experiencing ANY of these symptoms?

  • Fever over 37.8°C (100.4°F) (Feeling hot to the touch)
  • Chills
  • Cough that’s new or worsening (continuous, more than usual)
  • Barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (croup)
  • Shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Runny nose, sneezing or nasal congestion (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
  • Lost sense of taste or smell
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Headache that’s unusual or long lasting
  • Digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)
  • Muscle aches
  • Extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy)
  • Falling down often
  • For young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite

For the remaining questions, close physical contact means: Being less than 2 meters away in the same room, workspace, or area for over 15 minutes or living in the same home.

2. In the last 14 days, have you been in close physical contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

3. In the last 14 days, have you been in close physical contact with a person who either:

  • Is currently sick with a new cough, fever, or difficulty breathing; OR
  • Returned from outside of Canada in the last 2 weeks?

4. Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

If an individual answered “YES” to any of these questions, they are not permitted to participate in any on-ice or off-ice activities.

Please note: This Health Screening questionnaire has been developed base on the Ontario Ministry of Health Self-Assessment Tool (June 17, 2020) (Printable copy of OWHA Health Screening Questionnaire)