West Ottawa Ringette Association

Policy for Illness

2020-2021 Season


  1. All players, coaches and other participants in West Ottawa Ringette Association-sanctioned activities must complete the health attestation, no more than eight hours prior to the start of the activity. Failure to complete this attestation will result in exclusion of the participants from the activity.
  2. All players, coaches and other participants should familiarize themselves with the symptoms of COVID-19 and self-monitor for these symptoms.  Symptoms of COVID-19 can be found at the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Symptoms and Treatment website
  3. Any participant who develops one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 which are new for them must seek medical advice and must not attend any ringette activity.  (See contacts below for sources of medical advice.)
    1. Please note that most community medical offices are not equipped to assess patients who may have COVID-19 and in most cases, medical assessment should be through the local COVID assessment centre, or in cases of severe illness, a hospital emergency department.
    2. Participants who become symptomatic with one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 may not return to play until cleared to do so by a physician or Ottawa Public Health.
    3. Acceptable documentation for return to play includes a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical document indicating that a test is not needed.
  4. Participants who have travelled outside of the country in the past 14 days or had close contact with someone known or suspected of being infected with COVID-19 must abstain from ringette activities for 14 days from their return to Canada or their last contact with the known or suspected case of COVID-19.  Participants are encouraged to contact Ottawa Public Health for advice.
  5. Any participant who is considered at high risk of complications of COVID-19 is encouraged to contact their personal physician for guidance about whether and how to participate safely in ringette.  The participant is also encouraged to contact WORA’s COVID Safety Leader, Penny MacGregor, at pmacgregor.wora@gmail.com to discuss how best to mitigate risk and ensure they can participate safely this season.
    1. Conditions which increase the risk of COVID-19 include but are not limited to age over 65, pre-existing heart, lung, and immunocompromising conditions, and immunosuppression.
  6. Any participant who develops one or more symptoms of COVID-19 during a ringette activity must immediately notify the lead coach or other activity leader.  This participant should immediately be excluded from play in an area at least two metres away from all other participants or outdoors if possible.  The participant should don a medical-grade mask from the WORA-provided supply. The coach, trainer or other person attending to this individual should don a medical-grade mask, goggles or face shield, and gloves from the Association-provided supply.  Arrangements should be made to have this individual removed from the facility immediately, either via private transport with their own household contact (who should also wear a mask) or by calling 911 for anyone in medical distress.
  7. If any participant in an WORA-sanctioned activity develops one or more symptoms of COVID-19, the following individuals should be notified as soon as possible after the participant’s urgent needs have been attended to:
    1. Lead coach
    2. Facility staff
    3. WORA COVID Safety Leader, Penny MacGregor by phone at (613) 327-0284
      1. Ms MacGregor will liaise with Ottawa Public Health to seek guidance about isolation and testing of other participants in the activity who may have had contact with the affected individual.
      2. WORA will follow up with other participants in the activity in accordance with the advice of Ottawa Public Health.




Ottawa Public Health COVID Information: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/novel-coronavirus.aspx

Ontario COVID Self-Assessment Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/