COVID-19 virus - Let's be Careful

March 13, 2020 at 11:34 AM

In light of the recent announcements from Hockey Australia, Hockey Victoria and some schools that have been closed in Melbourne due to the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus), DHC is asking all members of the club to adopt the following recommendations re COVID-19 management for all upcoming club training sessions, matches and events.

Whilst we are conscious of not overreacting to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, we are aware that this is an evolving situation and ask that all members to exercise appropriate due diligence if there are any health concerns at all.

Preventative measures include:

  • Replace handshaking at the start and conclusion of games with (for example) simply tapping sticks on the ground, fist pump, elbow tap or a thumbs up
  • Use labelled water bottles. These must be strictly single person use. Avoid use of communal water bottles.
  • Take care with food handling at games; for example, oranges or lollies at half-time or full-time. Use tongs to serve or reconsider shared food.
  • Mouth-guards should be washed after each game, followed by cleaning of hands.
  • Continue to cover nose and mouth with tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep 1.5m distance from anyone that is coughing or sneezing.
  • Use alcohol-based hand wash available at the canteen counter, dugouts, and seat stands outside the change room.
  • All players and officials should wash their hands with soap and water and dry with paper towel prior to and after games.
  • Gloves should be worn when attending to players with injuries – especially against blood exposure but also to prevent contact with mouth-guards.
  • Any member with flu-like symptoms should self-exclude from playing, training and spectating at the first sign of the symptoms and seek medical advice.
  • If you have recently returned from a high risk country, as defined by the Australian Government department of health, please observe a self-isolation period away from the club of at least 14 days.
  • If you attend one of the schools that has had a confirmed case of Covid-19 virus, and you have any symptoms similar to those of the Covid-19 virus, please do not attend training or games at or for the club, and seek medical advice before returning to club activities
  • If you experience the flu-like symptoms, contact your GP for medical advice/attention. If COVID-19 is confirmed, please notify the club ASAP.

 Further advice on the Coronavirus COVID-19 can be found from the following recommended sources:

All members of the hockey community should note that this is an evolving situation and advice could change at any time. We will endeavour to update you as it is relevant.