COVID-19 Update

Posted on March 12, 2020 at 6:24 pm |

UPDATED: March 13, 2019

To all our VDL players,

The Vancouver Dodgeball League continues to closely monitor the public health developments regarding COVID-19. The safety of our players and volunteers remains of the utmost importance.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. With that in mind, all VDL games will continue as scheduled until further notice. We intend to evaluate the situation over Spring Break and devise an appropriate plan of action, if needed.

VDL is advising players to maintain good hygiene practices, including regular and thorough washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or cleansing with alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Other precautions include:

  • Not touching your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, when sneezing or coughing, and then washing your hands
  • Not sharing water bottles

In an effort to respect those who would like to minimize physical contact, VDL encourages players to display sportsmanship after games with their choice of action, which can include, but not limited to, fist bumps, elbow bumps, head nods, and/or verbal acknowledgments of sportsmanship.

Following B.C health official’s recommendation of canceling large gatherings, we will be canceling all upcoming VDL hosted events for the safety of our players:

  • Trivia Night – March 19th
  • King and Queens Tournament – March 22nd (Refunds will be made to registered teams. Please allow up to 2 weeks for a refund.)
  • S29 Pub Night – April 18th

In addition, all players who have traveled abroad must self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return to the province. This includes travel to the United States as well. VDL will continue to monitor the situation and will contact you with any relevant updates.

Any player who is quarantined or in self-isolation, will not have those weeks count against their playoff eligibility (i.e. those weeks will count as if the player was present in the gym). VDL continues to encourage players to stay home if they are not feeling well or are showing symptoms of illness. This is to not only protect other players but their friends and families, as well.

As stated above, VDL will continue to monitor the situation and will contact you with any updates relevant to VDL programs and events as they occur.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit any of the following public health authority websites:

Public Health Agency of Canada – https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

If you have any more questions or concerns about VDL and our stance on COVID-19, please contact Truong Cao (tcao@vdldodgeball.ca) or Claudia Tyzo (ctyzo@vdldodgeball.ca).

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