COMMUNITY UPDATE – June 22, 2020
Dear EYBC Family & Friends,
We hope you are all safe and doing well.
It has been more than 3 months since the COVID-19 pandemic brought the entire world to a grinding halt. The devastating physical, mental, social, and economic impact on our local and global communities has and continues to be unprecedented.
EYBC would like to thank the courageous efforts of all the Front-Line workers in Toronto, Ontario and across Canada, who have kept us safe and put their lives on the line to stem the spread of this virus.
Recent events are a cause for some cautious optimism and provide a glimmer of hope regarding a return to sports:
• New cases of COVID both in Toronto and across the province have been declining
• We are now entering Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan
• A recent announcement from the provincial government regarding the opening of indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities (under certain conditions)
• The release of Basketball Canada’s “Back to Basketball: Return to Sport Guidelines”
While we are anxious to return to the Game we all love, we need to remain patient. The health and safety or our community – including our athletes, volunteers, and coaches – is paramount. We will therefore take our lead from Public Health Ontario and Toronto Public Health, together with guidance from Basketball Canada and the Ontario Basketball Association.
In the meantime, East York Basketball continues to plan for the 2020/2021 season, ensuring that we are be ready to go once we get the all-clear to resume with both House League and Rep basketball activities. We hope to have more information available regarding the upcoming season and registration, in the coming weeks.
We encourage everyone to continue practicing at home, while respecting public health guidelines regarding social distancing and the use of an individual basketball.
East York Basketball Club