October 16th, 2020
Hello BGHC Families,
As of today, October 16th, 2020 the Halton Region, inclusive of the City of Burlington, has paused all Indoor Sports Team Play, only permitting skills, no scrimmage, or game play.
This means our teams can continue to practice on the ice, however, no bubbled team play either internally or between regions will be permitted at this time. All allotted game ice for both Rep and House League will be transitioned to practice ice.
As the situation surrounding Covid-19 is ever-evolving, we are hopeful this will be temporary and we will provide further updates as they become available. Although it is not the ideal return to hockey, we are pleased to be able to continue to get our players out on the ice keeping them physically and mentally active.
See below, to review the full press release from the City of Burlington.
The BGHC Board of Directors.
All indoor fitness classes to be paused, sport groups limited to training only as of Oct. 17
Burlington, Ont.—Oct. 16, 2020— Following the recommendation of Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health and emerging evidence indicating cases from indoor physical activity setting and contact sports are on the rise, the City of Burlington is taking action to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.
The City will continue to follow the advice of Halton Region Public Health in an effort to protect the health and safety of residents and staff. As of Oct. 17, 2020:
- Pausing all Burlington City-run indoor fitness classes for Adult 19+ and 55+, including indoor pickleball and aquatic fitness
- Within Burlington City facilities, activities are now limited to training only where proper physical distancing can be maintained. There will be no games or scrimmages until further notice
The intent of this pause is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid going back into a modified Stage 2 status with further precautions.
The pause will be evaluated frequently and will be lifted once Halton Region Public Health deems it safe to resume these indoor activities in City facilities. The City of Burlington will continue to share updates with the public.
For more information on Burlington’s COVID-19 response, visit burlington.ca/coronavirus.
For information on recreation services, visit burlington.ca/fall. To reach customer service, call 905-335-7738.
Burlington is ranked as Canada’s best community and best place to raise a family. It is a City where people, nature and businesses thrive. As residents continue to rediscover many of their favourite spaces and activities in the city, City services may look different as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19. The City’s commitment to providing the community with essential services remains a priority. Sign up to learn more about Burlington at Burlington.ca/Enews and download the free City of Burlington app.
Mayor Marianne Meed Ward
“Taking this temporary pause now, will allow us to come together sooner. Despite our best efforts, we’re still seeing a steady increase of COVID-19 cases in our city. While this news will be disappointing to many residents, we must keep in mind these are truly extraordinary times and they require extraordinary efforts on all of our parts, as a community, to ensure we slow down the spread of this pandemic. We will beat this, as long as we stay patient, vigilant, and continue following the advice of our medical and health professionals.”
Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation Services
“Evidence is showing that indoor fitness is a factor in the spread of COVID-19. While we make every effort to screen our participants daily, ensure physical distancing and do thorough disinfection, it is a wise decision to pause these programs and we hope by moving quickly to make this decision, we can have a positive impact against the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring our staff and participants are safe and healthy. Teams can still do skills training while maintaining proper distancing and we still have our TelePALS program and our virtual programming as well as our green spaces, parks and trails which are great for this time of year.”
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