Coronavirus: Will UK ice hockey be affected?
It has made its way around the world and now it is starting to wreak havoc in sports. So the question is, will ice hockey in the UK be affected while the coronavirus continues to strike?
Now, this is not one of those articles that will panic and pretend that we are all going to die in the face of worsening conditions. This is what the tabloids are for.
In the United Kingdom, at the time of writing this report, the number of confirmed cases was just under 400 with only six deaths – all of which would have been elderly victims suffering from under- underlying.
Elsewhere, we have seen Italy, as a country, quarantine itself and other countries, particularly in the Far East, hard hit by the effects of the Covid-19 virus.
In Europe, we started to see sport suspended like Italian Serie A, the football elite whereas in Spain, football matches have to be played behind closed doors for the next two weeks . Even the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal to take place this evening (Wednesday) has been postponed.
The six-nation rugby championship, which was scheduled to end this weekend, sees two of their three matches postponed, not to mention many others.
This affects ice hockey globally as well as various world championship campaigns canceled throughout, including the full women's tournament and the organization is already turning around 2021.
. The play-off matches in Germany and Austria have also been canceled, with governing bodies declaring that there will therefore be no champions this season.
As things stand, the Men's World Championship in Switzerland, with Great Britain, scheduled for May continues, but it is by no means certain that it will happen definitively and will be monitored over the time.
The UK, however, is a different story and until the Manchester City-Arsenal match came to a halt, the only effect for British sports teams so far has been to travel abroad and having to join playing behind closed doors.
As the number of cases increases here, there are fans who are beginning to worry about the Nottingham playoff weekend in April and the possibility of it being canceled.
Given our remoteness, this is a natural concern and on the advice of the current government, it is as you were unless otherwise noted.
If restrictions were to be placed on the number of people who attend public gatherings, this could become a problem.
If the government restricts sporting events to 10,000 spectators, everything is fine. Half of this figure is achievable. Nothing less would start to cause a nightmare.
DEL in Germany has canceled the rest of their season and has announced that there will be no champion this season
Die DEL sieht sich gezwungen, die Saison 19/20 mit sofortiger Wirkung vorzeitig zu beenden und lässt keine Playoffs spielen. Es wird keinen Meister geben. Die DEL folgt damit den Empfehlungen von Bundeskanzlerin Merkel sowie Gesundheitsminister Spahn. https://t.co/EGSCQty6kX pic.twitter.com/qX95RtXaUo
– Deutsche Eishockey Liga (@DELoffiziell) March 10, 2020
Until the numbers really go up – and the evidence suggests that it will really affect our daily lives – we will start to see football, rugby or any other larger social event or concert postponed or canceled .
It is only when it starts that we should start to see more proactivity in how we run our own competitions and the impact it will have on fans who have already paid for travel, accommodation. and tickets.
You at least hope that the IHUK, the Elite League and the other governing bodies have had backstage conversations and planned things "in case of."
The only thing we don't need is to make decisions in reaction and risk turning something that should be planned in advance into a disaster.
Until then, all we can do is sit still and carry on with our business and only deal with things when they need to be dealt with, which means not stacking toilet paper rolls and hand sanitizer.
Let's enjoy ice hockey while we can and hope the impact on the UK is minimal and deal with everything that is going on in a reasonable and mature way and keep doing what we do advised us to do:
- Wash your hands frequently and regularly
- Refrain from unnecessary contact, if possible – eg. shake hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- If you experience symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, cough, and fever, see a doctor at NHS 111. Do not return to action until you have received the fire green.
- Throw away all tissue after use to avoid contamination – "Catch It, Bin It, Kill It"
- Do not share drinks from the same bottle or glass
- Clean and disinfect your equipment
- Establish good hygiene, thus reducing your risk of catching the virus
- Avoid traveling to countries where government warnings are in place