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WHL monitoring COVID-19 pandemic

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: March 12, 2020 04:26

So far, no reports of the league suspending its season

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The Western Hockey League continues to closely monitor the public health developments regarding COVID-19. The safety of our players, officials, staff, fans, and the general public, remains of the utmost importance. The WHL is taking all necessary precautions, as advised by Canadian and U.S. health authorities, to mitigate potential spread of COVID-19. 
 
Medical and training staffs of all 22 WHL member Clubs have been provided with information from their regional health authorities advising on the transmission of COVID-19 and common symptoms associated with the virus. In the event players or personnel begin exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they are to contact Club medical staff immediately. 
 
The WHL is advising players and Club personnel to maintain good hygiene practices, including regular and thorough washing of hands with soap and water, or cleansing with alcohol-based hand sanitizers. 
 
In an effort to minimize contact, the WHL is advising all Clubs and officials to follow a number of recommendations to minimize contact:
"    Elimination of handshakes between teammates, opponents, officials;
"    No sharing of water bottles or towels on benches or penalty box areas;
"    Avoid direct contact with fans, including high-fives, handshakes, and autographing of items.
 
Standard WHL Media Policy defines Club dressing rooms as restricted areas. All media opportunities are to be conducted in designated media areas outside Club dressing rooms.
 

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