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COVID Update - 12.17.2021

BDMHA Members:
 

As COVID cases continue to rise the following changes will be made:


1. Starting tomorrow (Dec 18 at 9am) no affiliate players will be allowed. There will be no exceptions. We will support any teams that need games rescheduled. 
 
2. Starting Monday, Dec 20 at 9am there will be no games. Teams may continue to practice. This will be in effect for 7 days and then will be reassessed.
 
3. We encourage teams to keep spectators to a minimum.
 
We continue to take guidance from Public Health and Hockey Nova Scotia. As such, further changes may be required. 

 

Lori Connors
Safety Coordinator, BDMHA
Dec 17, 2021

COVID Update - New Restrictions

Starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, and lasting until at least the new year, the following restrictions impacting hockey will be in place:

 

  • spectators are limited to 50 per cent of a facility’s capacity; spectator limits are also capped at a maximum of 150 people
  • a limit of 60 participants indoors and outdoors applies to sports practices, games, and regular league play; physical distancing is not required
  • tournaments are not allowed
  • children age 11 and younger continue to be restricted from entering Nova Scotia to participate in sports and are also restricted from participating in them outside Nova Scotia

 

There are also new recommendations for close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases, including those who are fully-vaccinated. We detail those below.

 

REGULAR LEAGUE PLAY

 

We have clarified with Public Health that regular league play refers to the current league that your team is playing in. This includes provincial leagues.

 

MASKS

 

On the ice, masks are not required during practices, training sessions, and games. Off the ice, masks are required everywhere (especially in the dressing room).

 

It is extremely important that you continue to wear your mask when you are not on the ice.

 

Please note that coaches and instructors who work with more than one group must wear a mask at all times while inside the facility (including while on the ice).

 

CLOSE CONTACTS

 

As a result of the recent outbreak in Nova Scotia, all close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases, including those who are fully-vaccinated, now need to isolate until they have a negative result from a lab-based (PCR) test. The lab test should be performed at least 72 hours after the exposure.

 

In a hockey context, if two teams play a game within 48 hours of a positive exposure involving a player or coach on either team (meaning a player or coach on one of the teams tests positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the game), both teams (as well as the officials) would be considered close contacts. We recognize this is not spelled out clearly on the Public Health website but we have worked with Public Health to determine that this is what they mean.

 

Due to increased testing and rising positive cases, we are aware that Public Health may be delayed when it comes to reaching out to close contacts. We have seen examples of hockey associations and teams being proactive and abundantly cautious in terms of pausing activities after potential exposures. We commend these groups for prioritizing the safety of their members and wider communities.

 

For more information on what to do if you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, please click here.

 

If you have any questions about any of this or about a potential exposure, we encourage you to continue to follow the communication flow in the Rebound Plan 2.0.

 

To help curb the spread of COVID-19, Public Health is also strongly recommending regular rapid testing for all Nova Scotians. Learn more here.

 

Dr. Strang will be meeting with the sport sector tomorrow. We will take part in those discussions and will pass along any updates that come out of that meeting.

 

For now, please continue to be vigilant. It is vital that we do not become complacent. Please continue to wear your mask in the dressing room and everywhere else in the arena when you are not on the ice. Wash your hands often. Do not come to the rink if you are feeling unwell. Follow the Rebound Plan 2.0.

 

Thank you for all that you do for hockey.

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Walsh

Executive Director

Hockey Nova Scotia

 

Arnie Farrell

President

Hockey Nova Scotia

 

 

Garreth MacDonald

Communications & Special Events Director

Hockey Nova Scotia

 

259 Commodore Drive

Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1

902.454.9400

 

hockeynovascotia.ca

Dec 16, 2021

BDMHA Board Position - Secretary

BDMHA is looking for a volunteer to fill the Secretary position on the BDMHA Executive. The duties of the Secretary include but are not limited to:

1.      Governance of General and Executive Committee meetings and other matters.

2.      Taking and preparing the minutes of the General and Executive Committee meetings.

3.      Managing the schedule of Executive Committee meetings.

4.      Maintaining an archive of the minutes of all the meeting.

5.      Leading or being a member of various committees.

If you are interested, please email g.crowell@bedfordblues.com with a brief description of any relative experience or background you may have. Deadline to respond is Sunday, December 12 at 9 pm. 

Dec 8, 2021

COVID Update - Travel Restrictions

Good afternoon everyone,

 

Earlier today, the province announced that effective immediately, there are new restrictions on out-of-province travel for children age 11 and younger for the purpose of participating in sports, arts, culture events.

 

Children age 11 and younger are also restricted from entering Nova Scotia for these activities.

 

Individuals, businesses and organizations in Nova Scotia cannot host sports games, competitions and tournaments that include children 11 and younger from outside the province as participants. They also cannot participate in these types of events outside Nova Scotia.

 

These restrictions will remain in place until at least early January and will be re-evaluated then.

 

Children can continue to travel to attend these types of events as spectators. They can continue to travel for regular practices, lessons and rehearsals, which is lower risk because they are interacting with the same group all the time.

 

All other travel restrictions remain in place. They are detailed here.

 

To read the complete release from the province, please click here.

 

These measures are in place to ensure that we can continue to keep playing. Thank you all for your hard work and continued support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Walsh

Executive Director

Hockey Nova Scotia

 

Arnie Farrell 

President 

Hockey Nova Scotia

Dec 1, 2021

2021 BDMHA Tryout Survey

BDMHA is encouraging all members that participated in the 2021 Tryout Process to complete the following survey. We understand that there are some areas of concern pertaining to this season's tryout process and would like membership to let us know how they feel. 

This survey, as with all our feedback surveys, are anonymous. You don't have to provide any contact information when completing this survey. You can speak freely.  

To complete the survey, click HERE

This survey will close on Friday, November 12, 2021

 

Nov 9, 2021

Safety Update - 11.05.2021

Safety update- Nov 5, 2021
 
HRM 4-pad: We are now using the main entrance to access all rinks. There will be security staff at the entrances AND safety reps are asked to continue to be present at the door to help with screening. Note: Please ensure players and spectators have POV and proof of ID with them for all games/practices/skills sessions.
 
Other rinks: Policies and procedures may differ from the HRM 4-pad. Your safety rep will be the liaison for your team for determining those procedures. Please be patient as there are many changes this season.
 
Travel: As per Hockey Nova Scotia and Public Health, teams with players under 12 are not permitted to travel to NB at this time. Only fully-vaccinated teams may travel to NB.
Nov 5, 2021
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