Urban Rec COVID-19 UPDATE

March 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update- All Leagues Paused Through April 30th

Dear Urban Rec Members,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue through these increasingly difficult times. We, like each one of you, live in our communities and share in your concerns about the health and the welfare of our families and our neighbours and fellow citizens as we all try and deal with the ever changing landscape that COVID-19 has thrust us all into.

As you are aware, Urban Rec has joined other sports organizations in pausing our operations.  Originally this was intended to provide the opportunity for our members to assess their own health and for all of us to collectively come to a better understanding of what COVID-19 was and how it might impact our lives.  As you can all appreciate, the past two weeks has been a whirlwind of information and change for all of us. We have come to better understand the depth and severity not only of the virus but also the need to distance ourselves from others and stay at home as we collectively work to help flatten the curve and help all of us to get through this trying time.  It has become evident that this event is not one that is going to be cleared up in a matter of days, but instead weeks and potentially months before we are able to resume some semblance of normal activities.

It is with this new reality in mind that Urban Rec has made the decision to extend the pause for all Urban Rec Leagues through to April 30th when we can better assess the potential for the start/completion of our leagues. It is our intent to resume full operations as soon as the relevant health agencies provide us with the all clear and facilities allow for our type of activities to resume. However, we consider it extremely unlikely that anything will be cleared to play before this April 30th date. Committing to this one month pause allows us to set our staff up to participate in government assistance programs and our business to conserve financial resources to be able to process the applicable credits and refunds required once we have a clearer picture of the road ahead.

We respectfully ask that if you have any inquiries regarding the current league pause, or credits/refunds for leagues, to please refrain from asking them during this time. As soon as we have any further specific updates regarding any Urban Rec league and its viability, we will reach out to those league participants directly via email with the applicable resolution. 

All of our decisions during this crisis have and will continue to be made based on the recommendations of the Canadian Public Health Agency, The BC Center for Disease Control, and British Columbia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. 

We encourage all of our members to follow the direction, advice, and recommendations of the CPHA, BCCDC and Dr. Bonnie Henry, as they provide the only credible and accurate sources of information regarding the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our communities.

While this is a difficult time for everyone, we are looking forward to getting back to being social and playing the sports that we all love.

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MARCH 16, 2020

Dear Urban Rec Members,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through this difficult and extraordinary time in the world that we live in with the realities of COVID-19 and its impacts on our communities.  Our goal at Urban Rec has always been to be the best part of your day and to provide you with best adult coed recreational sports experience possible.  We, like each one of you, live in our community and we are all equally concerned by the events of the past few days in which the COVID-19 virus has become an increasingly growing concern. 

It is with this in mind that, effective immediately, Urban Rec Okanagan has made the decision to pause the current season for all leagues, tournaments and events until March 28th, 2020 (with the intent of resuming full activities on March 29th, 2020).  While we realize the situation is constantly evolving, we are hopeful that after this brief hiatus, we will be able to return to play and have as many games made up as possible.

While the status of your remaining games is unclear, we will provide all teams with an update regarding the potential completion of your season by Saturday, March 28th, if not sooner.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding while we work through the logistics associated with this situation.

We respectfully ask that you hold off on any questions regarding potential make-up games/compensation or the situation regarding the upcoming Spring Season until the picture becomes more clear by March 28th

We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation closely and will be providing updates as they become available.  All of our decisions during this crisis have and will continue to be made based on the recommendations of the Canadian Public Health Agency, The BC Center for Disease Control and the BC Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. 

We encourage all of our members to follow the direction, advice and recommendations of the CPHA, BCCDC and Dr. Bonnie Henry as they provide the only credible and accurate sources of information regarding the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our communities.

While this is a difficult time for everyone, we are looking forward to getting back to being social and playing the sports that we all love.

Yours in Sport,

Jamie Taverner
Urban Rec Okanagan