Covid-19 Update #3 (March 19, 2020)
Notice Received from Alberta Gymnastics federation:
Alberta Declares State of Emergency Prompting Further Event Cancellations and Club Closures
On March 17, 2020 the Government of Alberta declared a state of emergency under the Public Health Act. New public health measures were recommended to limit the time Albertans spend in large crowds and crowded spaces. The following took immediate effect:
For full details please visit the Government of Alberta COVID-19 coronavirus info for Albertans webpage.
Further AGF Event Cancellations Effective Today
In response to Alberta’s announcement, the Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) in partnership with our local organizing committees (LOCs) and host venues, have made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our provincial events as follows:
Please note that AGF is exploring alternative ways to select athletes for Canadian Championships should that event still take place.
Status of Western Canadian Championships and Canadian Championships
Western Canadian Championships (April 29 – May 3) have been cancelled: Gymnastics B.C. and Delta Gymnastics made the official announcement on March 18, 2020.
Canadian Championships (May 19 – 24) are still under review: On March 18, 2020, Gymnastics Canada issued a statement that they believe it is important to continue with plans to host this competition and are looking at options to postpone for up to 4 weeks. Given the fluidity of the current situation, they may need to re-assess that ‘window’ as the COVID-19 situation develops. View full GymCan update.
Clubs are Advised to Stay Closed Until Further Notice
AGF member clubs have done an outstanding job of taking proactive measures to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. All member clubs have voluntarily closed their gyms and adjusted programming to ensure full and timely compliance with provincial and federal government recommendations.
Due to the current state of emergency in Alberta, and upon recommendation from AGF’s insurance providers (Markel and Toole Peet), all AGF member clubs are strongly advised to keep their facilities closed and not resume gymnastics programming until further notice from AGF. Please be reminded that there is no coverage for members who fall ill due to COVID-19 as per Markel’s Contagion Exclusion.
Resources are Available
Daily updates are being made to AGF’s COVID-19 webpage as we continue to work with partners on compiling resources that may be of help to our members at this time. Please check back often.
AGF Staff Availability
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, most AGF staff are now working from home. Remote working procedures have been put in place to ensure the efficient operation of our office. All employees can be reached by email or phone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. View AGF staff contact details.
We thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding and will continue to keep members updated on changes as they occur.
Your AGF Team
Covid-19 Update #2 (March 16, 2020)
Thank you for your patience as we navigate through these challenging times.
There are many levels that we need to consider as they affect both members and staff.
Please be aware that we are taking the matter very seriously and have been constantly evaluating this COVID-19 situation.
Effective immediately our FACILITY is CLOSED.
How does this affect you?
Our LEAPAH’S LEARNING GARDEN PRE-SCHOOL is closed until further notice. We will be contacting you individually in regards to your payment plan.
For our RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS, we are cancelling the final week of the Winter session (March 16-22) – your report cards will be emailed to you over the course of the week.
For those who have registered in our Spring session or the Spring Break events they are cancelled effective immediately. Any fees already paid will be credited to your account, if you so choose you can receive a refund. Please note a $5.00 admin fee will be applied to refunds to offset our system fees. If you would like your fees refunded please email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online form, found here https://www.ortonagymnastics.com/register/request-cancellation/.
A condensed Spring session may be considered and current registrants will receive priority sign-up.
For our CONTRACT PROGRAMS – coaches will be contacting athletes, so they may continue conditioning from home during this time.
We will be re-evaluating weekly as to the possibility of re-starting training sessions.
For the duration of the closure the hours missed will be credited.
Please check periodically for updates.
Thank you, as the health of our athletes and staff are our top priority.
Should you have any questions, we are here to support you.
OGC Management & Board
Covid-19 Update #1
All recreational & competitive Ortona programs are proceeding as scheduled. As per ministry directives, Leapah’s Learning Garden Preschool will be closed. We will be issuing updates and keeping everyone informed.
At present the risk to Albertans from the novel COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been categorized as LOW by Alberta public health officials.
From the Alberta Government site – corona-virus info:
COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person spread by:
COVID-19 is not airborne and cannot spread through the air over long distances or times, like the measles.
Studies suggest that the virus generally only lasts a few hours on a surface, though it may be possible for it to last several days under ‘ideal conditions’.
TO REDUCE THE RISK TO OUR MEMBERS:
Preventing further spread:
In order to assist with containing COVID-19, we encourage the following:
For up to date information on the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) you can use the following links:
Alberta Gymnastics Federation: https://www.abgym.ab.ca/Safe-Sport/COVID-19-Updates
University of Alberta: https://www.ualberta.ca/services/health-centre/coronavirus-info/index.html
The Government of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
Alberta Health Services: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
We will continue to monitor the information on COVID-19 and will contact you with any updates as they occur.