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    Quote Originally Posted by peter.gryphon View Post
    Scott Radley column in The Hamilton Spectator: One Wish for 2021: The return of kids sports

    I hope we can all agree ...

    The way I look at it, we already know that Covid-19, like almost all other respiratory viruses, is highly seasonal. In northern climates that means April/May through to October outdoor sports can be played safely with a few precautions, particularly youth sports where the participants are at low risk of contracting or spreading the virus. Add in the fact that Canada will be 4 or 5 months into vaccine distribution and there is no reason that youth sports organizations shouldn't be preparing now for "summer" seasons in 2021.

    I do worry that some organizations [i.e. Football Ontario] will dither around and wait until July before giving the OK to play. At that point it will be too late for the OPFL, OVFL & OFC to play summer seasons. I have little confidence that much if any HS football will be played in Ontario in 2021 even if everything goes well in this province. Wipe out another summer season and the 2021 HS football season and I doubt football will ever recover in Ontario.

    Perhaps, our "beloved U Sports leaders" should think about starting football season several weeks earlier than usual. For example, open training camps in late July, begin games the 2nd week of August and start playoffs in early October with the Vanier Cup scheduled for Saturday, Oct 30.
    I agree. That said, there's a couple new strains of Covid going around coming in from the UK and South Africa, that have been discovered in some Canadian provinces from people who have returned from oversees travel. Additionally, Covid cases are on the rise and today Ontario broke a record-high 2,553 new COVID-19 cases.

    A total of 864 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including a record-high of 304 people in intensive care. Hospital staff have warned that intensive care units are reaching maximum capacity and threaten to overwhelm the health-care system if nothing changes in the coming weeks.
    There were also 78 deaths reported over the two days – 37 on Monday and 41 on Tuesday. 207 persons breathing with the help of a ventilator.
    “Today, there are 895 new cases in Toronto, 496 in Peel, 147 in Windsor-Essex County, 144 in Hamilton and 142 in York Region, Durham reported 108 new cases while Halton Region reported 78 new cases.

    Meanwhile in the US - LA investigates whether super-infectious mutant COVID strain from UK is behind surge in cases as terrifying graph shows California's infection rate has rocketed - killing 1 Covid patients every 10 minutes.

    Let's hope the vaccines offer the much needed help to conquer this virus. If so, hopefully things return to normal in spring.
    In the meantime, we must all do our part to help prevent the spread of this virus, physical distance, hand sanitize, wear masks, keep outings to grocery store, to a minimal, as needed.
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