Barrie Colts, other OHL teams asked to keep distance from fans, not shake hands with opponents, to curb COVID-19 spread

OHL asking for restrictions on dressing rooms too

Teams with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) are taking added steps to protect players and fans from the spread of COVID-19.

A statement from the OHL says General Managers and medical/training staff from all 20 OHL teams, including the Barrie Colts, have been advised to avoid direct contact with fans, including high-fives and autographs. The OHL is also recommending limiting access to dressing rooms and team member facilities to players, coaches, and support staff, as well as ending the practice of handshakes between opponents.

“Since the start of the outbreak, we have been in regular communication with OHL Member Teams, the National Hockey League, Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada. Subsequently, players, billets and staff are taking all necessary precautions to try to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.” reads the OHL statement.

The OHL continues to advise players and member team personnel to maintain good hygiene practices, including regular and thorough washing of hands with soap and water, or cleansing with alcohol-based hand sanitizers.