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OHL releases recommendations amid Coronavirus concerns

Ottawa and Hamilton shake hands following their first round series (Hamilton Bulldogs Twitter)

The Ontario Hockey League has released a number of recommendations in an effort to protect players and staff from the potential spread of COVID-19.

This is part of a league news release, saying they are keeping a close eye on the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus.

The league says it is monitoring the latest health information, including data and recommended measures provided by public health agencies regarding the virus.

Since the start of the outbreak, we have been in regular communication with OHL Member Teams, the National Hockey League, Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada. Subsequently, players, billets and staff are taking all necessary precautions to try to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus,” the league statement said.

The OHL continues to advise players and member team 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 OHL is advising all member teams and officials to follow a number of recommendations including the following:

  • Access to dressing rooms and member team facilities be limited to players, coaches and support staff only;
  • Media access to be held in designated areas outside dressing rooms;
  • Elimination of handshakes between teammates, opponents, officials;
  • No sharing of water bottles or towels on benches or penalty box areas;
  • Avoiding direct contact with fans, including high-fives, handshakes, and autographing of items

The league stresses that training staff from all 20 OHL member teams have also been provided with frequent updates on preventative measures to be taken in team areas such as dressing rooms and team buses as well as hygienic best practices to be enacted throughout their facilities.

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