Greetings All Tournament Teams!
I hope you are excited about participating in the annual Tri-Cities Ice Classic. We are excited to host you!
I am reaching out as we have been getting inquiries about our tournament status with respect to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As I write this, we are still hosting our tournament. At this time, I advise all participating teams to review good hygiene practice with players & parents as per HCSP & USA Hockey guidelines. These practices should be no different than what has been practiced all season to prevent spread of cold & flu, such as frequent hand washing, players not sharing water bottles, and so forth.
I’ve attached links of reliable information for your review:
Fraser Health Authority https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus/coronavirus-questions-general-public#.XmlrPZNKii4
City of Coquitlamhttps://www.coquitlam.ca/public-safety/public-health-information/updates-on-coronavirus-covid-19
As you can see, the risk to our region is low. To quote from Health Canada:
“At this time, PHAC has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
aged 65 and over
with compromised immune systems
with underlying medical conditions”
Poirier Sports & Leisure Centre staff will do their best to ensure a clean environment for participants, but the onus will be on players & parents to practice good hygiene.
We will not cancel our tournament unless advised so by Fraser Health Authority and/or BC Hockey. Thus, if any teams withdraw without permission or advice from their governing hockey body, they will not get a refund on tournament fees.
We are committed to ensuring the weekend is fun and safe for all participants & players. Please contact me if you have any questions, and best of luck during the tournament.
TCFIHA 1st VP & Tournament Director