As we continue to monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19, in Toronto, in Ontario, and across the world, TUC leadership continues to keep up to date with the latest information and remains focused on providing our members with information to protect themselves.
While the public health risk remains low, and COVID-19 is not circulating locally in Toronto, over the last few days, local, provincial and federal agencies have made several recommendations (social distancing measures) to "flatten the curve":
- Toronto Public Health (TPH) and the Minister of Health recommended closure of licensed childcare facilities, and cancellation of March Break camps.
- In response to TPH, the City of Toronto has canceled programs, events, and several facilities (including Lamport), with a tentative date of service resumption on 5 April.
On Thursday, March 12th, TUC announced that effective immediately, we were implementing social distancing measures and canceled all programs for two weeks (until 29 March 2020) to do our part to flatten the curve. We now anticipate that the suspension of TUC programming will be extended with play tentatively resuming on 5 April to align with the School Boards and the City of Toronto (Lamport).
Also, TUC has been hard at work discussing plans for our return to play. As of Friday evening, if the suspension is short-term (two-three weeks) we are exploring the possibility of rescheduling the missed/suspended weeks by moving outdoors; using our short break between our Winter Season end and Summer Season start, and pushing back the Summer Season start by one week to get the games in. We are currently working with our venue providers to discuss and finalize this plan. We will continue to keep you apprised of the situation.
During the hiatus, we are also exploring ways to continue to keep our membership engaged and connected to maintain that sense of community, so we are looking at the possibilities of webinars, using social media, etc. to discuss topics like Spirit of the Game, and celebrating and sharing clubs 40-year history.
We will continue to provide updates every seventy-two (72) hours (or sooner if warranted) to you, the membership to keep you up to date. Check out our Facebook Page, the TUC website, and our Newsletter.
Again, as a reminder, please take a moment to read through these everyday actions that will help you, friends and family remain healthy:
- We encourage all members to wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- If you are feeling unwell, stay home.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands).
- If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or arm.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
We have also provided some links below to resources from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Public Health Ontario (PHO) and Toronto Public Health (TPH) with the latest information about coronaviruses:
- WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
- PHO Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- TPH Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)