Dear Parents, Players and Volunteers of the Guelph Ringette Association,
As of today, November 27, 2020 - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit is ORANGE/RESTRICT.
Your Guelph Ringette Association Board of Directors are proactively reaching out to our membership, as many of our neighbouring Public Health Units have moved into the Red/Control stage under the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. While we are hopeful that our City and the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit will remain under our current restrictions Orange/Restrict, it is prudent we are prepared for the possibility of more restrictive measures being placed upon us.
Guelph Ringette’s #1 priority has been, and will continue to be, the safety and well-being of all participants in our programming. The move into Red Level Restrictions will affect current programming, and we felt it was important to provide our members as much notice as possible.
After a lot of consideration, and consultation with neighbouring associations of Kitchener and Waterloo, the Guelph Ringette Association Board of Directors have made the decision to pause all programming for the rest of calendar year 2020, if our region is moved into the Red /Control stage. Our programming is currently set to conclude on Dec 18, 2020.
While our programming is planned to resume on Jan 15, 2021, we are currently in the planning stages under a couple different scenarios, both Orange and Red. The Red/Control measures are more restrictive and would mean a total of 10 individuals on the ice and no scrimmages, compared to the current Orange/Restrict that allows for 24 on the ice and scrimmages.
GRA has to consider the health and safety of all our members, including the families we serve and evaluating the financial impacts to our association. As such, GRA feels it is in everyone’s best interest to pause programming in 2020 in the event we move to Red/Control measures.
You can find details of the measures/restrictions at each level within Ontario’s Response Framework
We know this may be very disappointing for you and your player(s). The health and safety of everyone in our community is of utmost importance, and we appreciate everything being done to help flatten the curve in our city. Together we will overcome this.
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