Water Polo West COVID-19 Public Health Statement
From: Keith Ryan, Executive Director
Date: March 14th, 2020
Re: COVID-19 Public Health Statement
Water Polo West continues to monitor the public health environment caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The last 48 hours have seen the Government of British Columbia issue directives that are designed to ensure the safety of British Columbians but will have an impact on water polo programs across the province.
READ: Joint statement on update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C.
Most specifically, event organizers have been directed to cancel any gathering larger than 250 people. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, or other similar events. This threshold has been selected, as it is much easier to maintain important social distancing to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Water Polo Canada have also issued recommendations to the water polo community:
READ: A Water Polo Canada Update #2 Relative to the COVID-19 situation
After consulting with a range of clubs and stakeholders, Water Polo West has made the decision to direct affiliated clubs to cancel all water polo programs until April 1st, 2020.
Importantly, Water Polo West does anticipate needing to further adjust our programs and schedules to help ensure the health and safety of the water polo community. Our association will hold further meetings with affiliated clubs and stakeholders over the next two weeks and provide additional updates to the water polo community before the end of March.
Joint statement on update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C. (March 14th)
The Canadian Government (and specific the PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Water Polo West will continue to monitor the situation and work with our stakeholders and partners to help ensure the health safety of all our players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans.