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Path forward starts February 8

By Alberta Government 01/31/2021, 11:30am MST

Alberta is bending the curve to protect our health system, but we must be careful not to lift restrictions too quickly.

A roadmap was developed to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. A Path Forward outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks.

Step 1 changes come into effect February 8. All other restrictions remain in effect.

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes

Mandatory restrictions - Provincewide - Effective Feb. 8

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes can open for in-person service.

  • Maximum of 6 people per table; individuals must be from same household or the 2 close contacts for people living alone Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party
  • Liquor service ends at 10 pm
  • In-person dining must close by 11 pm
  • No entertainment allowed (e.g., no VLTs, pool tables, live music, etc.)

 

Children's sport and performance activities

Mandatory restrictions - Provincewide - Effective Feb. 8

  • Children’s sport and performance activities are permitted if related to school activities, such as physical education classes.
  • K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions are allowed to use off-site facilities to support curriculum-related educational activities.

 

Indoor fitness

Mandatory restrictions - Provincewide - Effective Feb. 8

Group or team sports not permitted

One-on-one training is permitted

 

  • No sports games, competitions, team practice, league play or group exercise of any kind is allowed.
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  • Only one-on-one or one-on-one household training is permitted for indoor fitness activities (e.g. fitness in dance studios, training figure skating on ice, one-on-one lessons).
  • Sessions have to be scheduled or by appointment. No drop-in or groups allowed.
  • Safety requirements:

    • One-on-one sessions cannot interact with others and there must be a minimum of 3 metres distance between sessions in the same facility.
    • Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction. Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.
    • Trainers should remain masked during the session; clients are not required to wear a mask while exercising
    • More than one trainer and client ‘pair’ are allowed into the facility, studio, rink, court, pool, ice surface, etc. so long as:
      • Each trainer and client stays 3 metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.
      • Each trainer can only interact with their assigned client, and each client can only interact with their assigned trainer.
      • No interaction between clients or between trainers is allowed.
      • No ‘cycling through’ multiple trainers as in circuit training.

 

The path forward step 2-4

Public health measures will be eased in steps based on hospitalization benchmarks.

Each step sets a more predictable path for easing restrictions, while protecting the health system.

Once hospitalizations are within range of the benchmark, decisions to move to the next step will be considered. The lowest-risk activities in each sector will be considered for change first.

Moving between steps will happen at least 3 weeks apart to assess the impact on cases.

 

Steps based on hospitalization benchmarks

STEP 1
<600 hospitalizations
STEP 2
<450 hospitalizations
STEP 3
<300 hospitalizations
STEP 4
<150 hospitalizations

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Restaurants
  • Indoor fitness
  • Indoor and outdoor children's sport and performance (school-related)

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Retail
  • Banquet halls
  • Community halls
  • Conference centres
  • Hotels
  • Futher easing of indoor fitness and children's sport and performance

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Adult team sports
  • Casinos, racing centres and bingo halls
  • Indoor social gatherings, with restrictions
  • Indoor seated events (movie theatres and auditoria)
  • Libraries
  • Museums, art galleries, zoos, interpretive centres
  • Places of worship

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Amusement parks
  • Concerts (indoor)
  • Festivals (indoor and outdoor)
  • Funeral receptions
  • Indoor entertainment centres and play centres
  • Performance activities (singing, dancing and wind instruments)
  • Sporting events (indoor and outdoor)
  • Tradeshows, conferences and exhibiting events
  • Wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • Workplaces (lift working from home)

December 8 Province of Alberta COVID-19 Announcement

By Volleyball Alberta Staff & Board 12/11/2020, 11:45am MST

New Restrictions to push back season start and try outs to January 13, 2021

On December 8, the Government of Alberta announced further mandatory restrictions that apply provincewide and will be in place at least until January 12, 2021.  This includes expanding the restrictions on team sports to all areas of Alberta. The new mandatory province wide restriction is effective December 13, and the November 27 restrictions remain in effect until November 12.  Due to Alberta’s high case numbers, aggressive action is required to protect our health system from being overwhelmed. The current situation is critical, and Health officials are closely monitoring conditions and will adjust measures if required. 

During this time one-to-one indoor training with a coach is not permitted, visit the Government of Alberta’s public health measures webpage to review these stronger measures.  This new announcement will affect the start of Volleyball Alberta’s club season and tryouts.  Based on this recent notification, the start of the Tryout Period will be pushed back until Wednesday, January 13, 2021 and the start date for the VA Premier Leagues to Saturday, February 20, 2021. 

For more information on the Volleyball Alberta Premier Leagues, please visit https://www.volleyballalberta.ca/node/876.

Based on the December 8 Government of Alberta announcement we updated the following:

•  Latest news story: Signing Process & Premier League Update - Dec. 9, 2020

•  Latest news story: December 8 Province of Alberta COVID-19 Announcement

•  Document: Premier Leagues framework document

Mandatory Mask Use Policy

By Volleyball Alberta Staff & Board 12/08/2020, 1:15pm MST

All VA Participants, will be required to wear masks indoors at all times.

Volleyball Alberta has approved the following mask wearing policy “To require masks for all VA Participants, at all times, while they are indoors, including but not limited to arrival, training, game play, and departure.” This policy is for all VA participants during training and competition and is effective immediately.

Volleyball Alberta recognizes and understands that we cannot eliminate the risks associated with COVID-19 when participating in our sport. By its very nature, our sport cannot be played without breaching physical distancing measures or sharing equipment. 

There have already been documented cases of transmission both within our sport and within our greater sport community. In Alberta, case counts are sharply rising, and we have seen firsthand how quickly community transmission rates may grow. We recently held a COVID Safety, Best Practices & Mask Wearing seminar that we would encourage you to review some of the resources and listen to the recording https://www.volleyballalberta.ca/node/881 

Presently, there is strong evidence that mask use is effective at reducing the transmission of COVID-19. The research has been slower in relation to the use of masks during activity as, prior to the pandemic, this was not an area that required evaluation. Initial concerns relating to respiratory and cardiac functions waylaid any recommendations for mask use during sport; recent research has now been released that does not substantiate these concerns. The research does demonstrate, while dyspnea (shortness of breath) it is a common response, there are small to limited changes to physiological parameters during exercise.2,3,4

As volleyball is considered a primarily anaerobic sport (athletes use short bursts of energy), there is an opportunity to recover between points. Therefore, it has been deemed safer to wear a mask when compared with an aerobic sport (soccer, crosscountry running). Anecdotal feedback from volleyball athletes and coaches who have transitioned to using masks have reported, after an initial adaptation period requiring modifications to training load, the athletes were able to adjust.

Other sport organizations have also incorporated mandatory mask use, here are two examples. The Government of Saskatchewan, “Mandatory, non-medical mask use is required during all indoor sporting activities, with aquatic activities the only exception”. Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA), “In order to minimize potential exposure and spread of COVID-19, the OVA has taken extra precautions and effective immediately, it is mandatory for all participants to wear a face mask at all times for any indoor volleyball activity. This includes athletes while they are on court for training activities and during
scrimmages and game play”. Volleyball Alberta strongly believes we need to take a leadership role in ensuring our members are in the safest environment possible but will continue to monitor the research and adapt accordingly. It is critical for coaches to progressively introduce intensity and physical loads, to give athletes time to adapt to mask wearing. Athletes should be carefully observed and monitored for fatigue or shortness of breath to ensure their safety and wellness.

Mask Selection & Use – Not all masks are the same!

It is important to consider mask selection, fit, cleaning, and use to maximize effectiveness. We encourage people to read the CBC Marketplace report on Masks when considering what is right for you. Specifically of note: The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said: "Masks with exhalation valves are not recommended, because they don't protect others from COVID-19 and don't limit the spread of the virus." Their advice for finding the right mask includes “Start with something that fits you properly…a mask should fully cover your nose and chin, and be as tight fitting as possible around the rest of your face….look for masks made with multiple layers, and that at least one of them be cotton, preferably the highest thread count you can find.” Three layers masks have
been recommended by the Canadian Health Minister to maximize protection.

Coaches and athletes are encouraged to bring multiple masks with them to practice or matches, it is NOT recommended to use damp masks as this reduces their effectiveness. Participants are asked to change them over the duration of the session to reduce the potential of accumulating viral particles or germs. Participants must wash or sanitize their hands before and after changing their masks, placing used masks in a separate bag/receptacle.