Ottawa, ON | March 11, 2020
Dear Bowls Canada Stakeholders,
Bowls Canada is closely monitoring all available information related to the continued spread of the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (coronavirus), including the relevant positons from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Canada’s chief public health officer and the World Health Organization (WHO). The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, employees, volunteers, fans, partners and all associated with Bowls Canada is our priority.
Although there have been a number of sport event and conference cancellations, they are occurring mainly with those at the international level either in countries with high incident rates, or with significant. As of March 11, 2020, PHAC has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada, but this could change rapidly. PHAC has identified that there is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians aged 65 and over, with compromised immune systems and/or with underlying medical conditions.
While the risk factor domestically here in Canada remains low, it is recognized that many of our members may be amongst the vulnerable population susceptible to complications from COVID-19 exposure.
At this time, it is recommended that that the following precautions are taken for group gatherings including indoor tournaments, spring meetings and workshops:
Bowls Canada will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19. Bowls Canada will also continue to monitor the situation closely with respect to World Bowls and the host nations with respect to our participation in the upcoming World Indoor Championships and World Bowls Championships.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is continuously monitoring the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as new information becomes available. Updates on COVID-19 can be found at:
Additionally, information regarding risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html