COVID-19 and Pickleball
Through some Zoom meetings put on by Pickleball BC recently, the following is a consensus taken from those meetings. Bare in mind, municipal government rules and regulations take president over any discrepancies in the following.
BEFORE YOU PLAY
- Remember, though low, there is an inherent risk of contracting CONID-19 while playing pickleball. It is up to you to determine you risk tolerance before deciding to play.
- Do not play if you or your playing partner or your opponent(s):
- Exhibit any coronavirus symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by health experts.
- Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Are considered vulnerable or at risk (elderly individuals with underlying health concerns, immunosuppressed persons, individuals suffering from serious health problems, notably high blood pressure, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, obesity and asthma).
PREPARING TO PLAY
- Protect yourself against infections and the spreading of such:
- Wash your hands with disinfectant soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer, before going on a pickleball court.
- Bring hand sanitizer and use it before you begin play, between games and again when you complete play and leave the courts.
- Clean your equipment, including your paddles and water bottles, with an appropriate disinfectant. Balls should be soaked in a pail of bleach solution or wiped with disinfectant.
- Gloves give a false sense of security, as unless you know the proper procedure for taking gloves off, they are highly likely to contaminate the wearer when removing them, and so are not recommended .
- Wear a mask if you wish.
- Do not share equipment with your playing partner or others.
- Make sure you have enough water before leaving the house to avoid having to touch a tap or water fountain handle.
- If you cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow.
- Avoid touching door handles, gates, benches and all other objects where the virus could survive. If you touch something, make sure to wash your hands and disinfect the surface you have touched.
- Keep a 2-metre distance while waiting.
- You should not sit on public benches or chairs, bring your own lawn chair to sit in that no one else will sit in.
- Keep a 2-metre distance from other players. To respect this measure, we strongly suggest only playing singles or skinny singles or just doing safe drills. Doubles can be played, if teams are made up from house hold bubbles.
- Avoid all physical contact, for example shaking hands or tapping paddles, with other players.
- Avoid touching your face after touching a ball or paddle unless you have sanitized your hands.
- Use only a sanitized ball and change to another freshly sanitized ball after each game.
- Leave the court immediately after you finish playing.
- Wash your hands carefully with water and disinfectant soap or with hand sanitizer.
- Shower when you arrive home
- Wash your clothes.
As an aside, go to YouTube and type in Mythbusters Contamination to see demonstrations on how germs are spread. It is quite interesting, informative and gross.
Linda Rush Donates $101.55 to FLPC
Linda Rush won a $500.00 grant, to help the community at her discretion, through the Simple Generosity program offered by Island Savings Credit Union. Through this Simple Generosity program, Linda’s spent $398.45 of that money on a portable net and some outdoor balls, for the outdoor pickleball court in Farnsworth, in the Cobble Hill/Mill Bay area. She also asked Dennis Wright, if he could build a box with a lock for her, in order to hold the equipment, and Dennis offered to built the box for free. With the rest of the money from the program, Linda donated the remaining $101.55 to the Fuller Lake Pickleball Club to be used to further pickleball at Fuller Lake.
“I enjoyed doing this, and what can I say, it was fun spending someone else’s money”, Linda said.
We would like to express our gratitude to Linda and Island Savings Credit Union, for their generosity and commitment to community. The Fuller Lake Pickleball Club sends them a very hearty “Thank You” for this donation.