ALA Covid-19 Update - 17/03/20

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is increasingly having an impact on the global community and is a rapidly evolving issue.

The ALA and all member associations are in close discussion on all lacrosse matters ranging from High performance Programs, National Events and Club lacrosse and the coordinated approach has been very positive.

Federal and State Governments have enforced a range of different control measures to help prevent the spread of covid-19.

Due to these measures and their impact the ALA would like to provide the wider lacrosse community with the following information:

 

ALA Events

U18 National Championship

Following discussions with Member Associations the ALA has decided to not go ahead with the planned 2020 U18 Boy’s and Girl’s National Championship (8-13 of April 2020). We are aware this is disappointing for all involved and the ALA did not arrive at this decision lightly.

At the forefront of this decision was the responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of all parties; players, officials, team managers, volunteers, parents, grandparents, relatives, friends and the wider community, who are directly and non directly involved in the Championship and to help stop the spread of the covid-19 virus.

Senior National Championship, HP Challenge Event, U15 National Tournament

The ALA will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation in the lead up to these events and will continue to provide updates to our Member Associations relating to the future of these events.

ALA would like to take this time to thank our Member Associations for their support while we monitor the evolving situation.

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ALA High Performance

The ALA has been in contact with all HP personnel (players, staff and families) in relation to their team’s program. A range of protocols and guidelines have been put in place for each team to ensure the health and well-being of all parties involved in each team and the ALA thanks all parties for implementing and following these protocols/guidelines.

In terms of the U19 World Championship, which is planned to be held later this year, the ALA continues to liaise with World Lacrosse. As updates become available will we continue to inform the parties within the team.

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Lacrosse Community

The ALA recommends that the wider community follows the advice and guidelines provided by the Federal government and by your State government.

The reasoning for this is that each state’s current situation is quite different in terms of the amount of cases, the rate of spread, how the virus is being spread and the current actions that state governments have implemented.

Through this time we are working closely with all of the member associations to assist them wherever possible.

Below is some further information which can be practically used by all.

Proactive actions members can take:

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
  • Don't wear a face mask if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot (available April).
  • Shaking hands is optional.
  • Do not share a drink bottle or towels at training
  • If you feel unwell with symptoms avoid attending training.

Symptoms

  • Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:
  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath
 

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