ALA Covid-19 Update - 27/03/20

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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:

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At this stage the ALA acknowledges that all Member Associations have postponed their lacrosse seasons and activities:

Lacrosse South Australia:  Postpone till the 31st May 2020.
Lacrosse Victoria: Postpone till the 31st May 2020
Queensland Lacrosse Association: Suspended indefinitely
New South Wales Lacrosse:  Postpone till the 22nd April 2020.
Lacrosse Western Australia: Postponed indefinitely

        

Following recent announcements from the Federal and various State governments the ALA is requesting that all Member Associations and Clubs cease any format of training, playing or competition immediately.

This advice will be reviewed on a weekly basis in line with the working groups and ALA board taking into consideration current government advice (state and federal).

The ALA also recognises and acknowledges the physical and mental benefits of physical activity and encourages the wider community to continue to participate in your own personal physical activity away from structured club or member association programs while observing and implementing social distancing control measures.

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ALA Events

U18 National Championship

On the 17/03/20 the ALA announced that the U18 National Championship was cancelled for 2020.

Senior National Championship

The ALA Board has decided to not hold the Senior National in June due to the continual spread of the Covid-19 virus and due to the imposed control measures outlined by Federal and State Governments.

The ALA will continue to liaise and work with the Member Association working group to monitor the situation and plan options and opportunities to hold an event later in 2020.

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

HP Challenge Event

After liaising and working with the International teams due to participate in the event the ALA Board has decided to cancel the HP Challenge Event.

This is extremely disappointing however due to the current situation is was a step that had to be taken.

U15 National Tournament
The ALA will continue to monitor the situation in the lead up to the U15 National Tournament and will continue to provide updates to our Member Associations through the working group relating to the delivery of this event in 2020.

ALA Annual Dinner

Due to the current and unknown future situation of the Covid-19 virus the ALA has decided to cancel the ALA Annual Dinner for 2020.

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ALA High Performance

Men’s Under 19 World Championship – Limerick Ireland

World Lacrosse confirmed earlier this week that the Men’s U19 World Championship, originally scheduled for July 9-18, 2020 in Limerick, Ireland, will not be held in 2020. World Lacrosse in conjunction with the competing countries are currently exploring options for rescheduling the event.

The ALA has been in contact with all HP personnel (players, staff and families) in relation to their team’s program and will continue to do so when further updates become available.

Senior and U23 Programs

Both the Men’s and Women’s programs are currently on two week break and further advice relating to these programs and their training will be provided following the ALA HP working group meeting to be held on Monday 30 March.

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Additional Information

Below is 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.
  • Keep a 1.5m distance between each other.

 

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

What does isolate in your home / accommodation mean?

People who need to isolate must stay at home or in their accommodation and not attend public places, including work, school, childcare or public areas of university, higher education and vocational education campuses.

Only people they usually live with should stay in the home or accommodation. Do not see visitors. Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated, to get food or other necessities.

If the person in isolation must leave the home or residence, such as to seek medical care, they are instructed to wear a surgical mask if they have one.

What if a player or staff member becomes sick while in isolation?

Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath. If a player/staff member develops mild symptoms, they must:

  • Isolate themselves from others at home and use a separate bathroom if available
  • Put on a surgical mask and if they don’t have one
  • Practise good sneeze/cough hygiene
  • Practise good hand hygiene
  • Call a doctor or hospital and tell them the recent travel or close contact history.

If they have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing:

 • Call 000, ask for an ambulance and notify the officers of the recent travel or close contact history.

 

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