TRURO – The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) is continuing to monitor the situation involving COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Canada. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island. The first confirmed case in Canada was reported by the Government of Ontario on January 25, 2020, and there have been subsequent cases confirmed in Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec.
Canada’s chief public health officer is in ongoing contact with provincial and territorial chief medical officers of health to ensure any cases of COVID‐19 occurring in Canada continue to be rapidly identified and managed in order to protect the health of Canadians. The Public Health Agency of Canada currently assesses the public health risk associated with COVID‐19 as low for Canadians and for Canadian travellers depending on the destination.
A memo from Hockey Canada has been circulated to all teams within the MHL stating that this situation serves as a reminder that the health and safety of participants is a priority, and prevention in the hockey environment should be considered by those around the game. In addition, good hygienic practices will help to maintain a healthy team atmosphere and ultimately assist in keeping all participants healthy. The memo also includes a series of recommendations for teams, their staff, and players to follow to ensure the best healthy practices.
The MHL will continue discussions with Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League, and others to ensure the health and safety of all involved.