[COVID-19 Update] YOU’RE INVITED – THIS FRIDAY APR. 3 AT 7:30 PM BOXING ONTARIO MEMBER MEETUP
Dear Boxing Ontario Members and Community:
We realize that the past few weeks have been very challenging, to say the least. It’s times like these that we need to come together with our boxing community, help each other and grow stronger.
Boxing Ontario is looking forward to hosting our first member meetup session on Friday April 3 at 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The purpose of these meetings will be to help bring the boxing community together, also to provide important resources and ideas that will help our membership navigate the new reality we find ourselves in.
[COVID-19 Update] A Note From Boxing Ontario
MARCH 23, 2020, 1:30 P.M. (EST)
Dear Boxing Ontario Members and Community:
As we are all aware, COVID-19 continues to impact our boxing family, communities locally and around the globe. Like all of us, the Boxing Ontario Board is concerned for those impacted by these events and are doing our part to help stop the spread of the virus. We have been and remain in constant contact with the Government of Ontario for updates and instruction. Additionally, we continue to work closely with our partners to ensure a safe and supportive transition through this challenging time.
CALL TO ACTION:
In an effort to quickly and effectively combat the spread of the virus, on March 17th the Government of Ontario announced that it was taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency. With the declaration of an emergency, non-essential establishments were legally required to close effective immediately. This includes all facilities providing indoor recreational programs; public libraries; schools as defined in the Education Act; licensed childcare centres; bars and restaurants, and theatres.
With these critical actions the Federal and Provincial governments have started implementing strategies to not only protect the health of its citizens but also to support the economic infrastructure we all depend upon. The spread of COVID-19 poses a challenge to not only our health but also Canadian businesses. With the situation continuing to evolve, we suggest that you continue to monitor the media centre of both the provincial and federal governments for information non how to receive support. We have included some important links below.
Like many of you, I personally had to close my gym with no timeline for when we will be able to reopen our doors. We’re all faced with challenges which feel overwhelming and uneasy to say the least.
The Board wants to stay connected to our clubs and the boxing community at large. In that context, we will be delivering appropriate updates to our members that can be accessed remotely. Additionally, Boxing Ontario will continue to develop revised plans for all events and programs that have been canceled or postponed to date.
True to its nature and in the best spirit of the sport, the Boxing Ontario community has developed incredibly creative, fun and heartwarming contributions to help keep everyone active during this difficult time. Please continue to tag the Boxing Ontario social media accounts on any post so we may share and inspire our boxing family as they make their way through this challenging time. The positivity has been inspiring and so very powerful! to continue fighting their way through the pandemic.
These are extraordinary circumstances and we thank you for your positivity, patience and understanding. A special thanks to all of the Boxing Clubs for your continued support. We are truly grateful and lucky to have you in the family.
Stay safe and take care of yourself and others!
Jennifer Huggins, Boxing Ontario
President | Provincial Official
3-Star AIBA International Boxing Referee/Judge
BOXING ONTARIO has moved!
3701 Danforth Ave.
Scarborough, ON M1N 2G2
COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTRE
COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, is a serious public health concern. Businesses and communities will be at the forefront dealing with a multitude of COVID-19-related issues, which could cause severe business disruptions. Businesses are advised to prepare contingency plans to manage the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in North America and around the world.
COVID-19: REPUTABLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION
- Cleaning Supplies and Medical Consult: Fred Ten Eyck, Boxing Ontario Board Of Directors
- Toronto Economic Support| Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Ontario Public Health| Toronto Public Health
- CDC| WHO WhatsApp COVID-19 Alerts
- Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits: Employment and Social Development Canada
- Employment Insurance Work Sharing Program: Employment and Social Development Canada
- Business Credit Availability Program: Business Development Bank of Canada
- Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs: Business Development Bank of Canada
- Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Mailing List: Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Canada Business App: Industry Canada
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Government of Canada
- Coronavirus Disease Awareness Resources: Health Canada
- Resources for Canadian Businesses: Industry Canada
- Business Resilience & Pandemic Preparation: Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update: Health Canada
- DCO you can find a listening ear for lonely, depressed, and/or suicidal people, usually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Distress Centres (DC’s) across Ontario
- Canada’s only 24/7, professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people: Kids Help Phone
- The Big White Wall Mental Health Community: The Big White Wall
Boxing Ontario Announces All Sanctioned Events Suspended Until Further Notice
BY BOXING ONTARIO | MARCH 12, 2020, 10:10 P.M. (EST)
In light of recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and after extensive consultation with medical experts, legal counsel and on the recommendations of Boxing Canada, Boxing Ontario is suspending all sanctioned events until further notice. This is a very difficult decision given we are in the midst of Golden Gloves tournaments and entering the qualification timeframe for the 2020 National Championships; however Boxing Ontario’s greatest concern is for the health and safety of all boxers, coaches, officials and physicians.
Affected Sanctions Include:
- All boxing galas (regional and provincial). The Golden Gloves Provincial Championships are therefore postponed for the moment.
- Cancellation of events outside the province (competitions and training camps)
- Coaching/Officiating courses
- Training or evaluation camps
- Boxing Ontario AGM
- 2020 National Championships: View Boxing Canada Statement
Boxing Ontario will review as circumstances evolve and more information becomes available and provide an update to membership as we receive it from the ministry and our NSO.
We have been referred to a dedicated COVID-19 Resource Centre that provides information about the various implications of COVID-19 on businesses and their workforces, as well as key contacts should you have specific questions.
We recommend that club owners and members regularly check their public health websites for updated information regarding COVID-19. You can find a link to your local public health unit using the following site: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx
All clubs will be able to reschedule their sanctions at later dates. Boxing Ontario will not accept any new sanctioned event requests until further notice. Refunds will not be given at this time, but you may reschedule your show for a later date once the suspension is lifted.
Clubs and Gyms may continue training, however, they should limit participation to boxers and coaches, and discourage folks who “want to watch” to help reduce the risk of spreading the Coronavirus.
As a reminder, please remember these helpful instructions for your local clubs and gyms.
1. If sick, please stay home
2. Clean gym equipment/space thoroughly and often
3. Wash hands often with warm soapy water for 20 seconds
4. Avoid shaking hands, and try not to touch the face, eyes, or nose
5. Follow good personal hygiene after every boxing practice, including showering with soap and water and washing uniforms after use.