Markham Kendo Club Covid-19 Update

UPDATE 10:00 EDT Sep 22, 2021: We are starting in-person classes again at Markham Centennial Community Centre but there will be some changes to accommodate for COVID protocols.

All participants must register and pay for fees before arriving to the arena. Walk-ins will not be allowed to participate in our classes. We are accepting new students and individuals who wish to try Kendo. Guests are advised to practice at their home clubs at this time.

To pre-register, you must first obtain a free login account by contacting the Markham Contact Centre at 905-477-5530. At this moment, the city is only providing Markham residents with PIN numbers. The Contact Centre is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm.

You can pay for your drop-in fees by visiting Markham’s registration website, https://econnect.markham.ca/start/start.asp select the Programs tab then advanced search. Use the Containing keyword search box and enter Kendo to find our program.

All participants must wear a facemask at all times and provide proof of vaccination. Please arrive dressed, the changeroom facilities are not available and are for swimming patrons only.

UPDATE 17:30 EDT Apr 19, 2020: To supplement our training, Sumi Sensei will now be leading practice on webinars with our Markham Kendo Club members at our normal practice times. Please contact us to be added to the clubs messenger chat that will contain the link to the practice.

UPDATE 14:28 EDT Apr 01, 2020: The City of Markham has cancelled all spring programs which means there will be no practices until at earliest the Summer session that in July. 

We will continue to provide updates for the Summer practice session as we receive them.

UPDATE 20:00 EDT Mar 30, 2020: The city announced on March 29th via Twitter that all City facilities and programs are closed or cancelled until further notice. We’re not sure how long this will continue to impact practices but it’s very unlikely kendo will start again on April 5th. 

We will continue to post updates to the website as we learn more.

Source: https://twitter.com/cityofmarkham/status/1244248214305476610?s=20

With regards to the Markham Kendo Club practices we will be making the following changes: 

The Town of Markham has closed all recreation centres and libraries effective midnight March 14, 2020 and will remain closed until April 5, 2020.

All practices are cancelled until this date.

If there are any changes to the schedule we will update our members through Facebook and the website.

Last updated: 10:00 EDT Sep 22, 2021

CKF Covid-19 Announcement

Guidance and advisory for events being organized and held in the Canadian Kendo, Iaido and Jodo community. 

In recognition of the current situation of Covid-19, Canadian Kendo Federation advises that events scheduled for March and April be postponed or canceled if possible. For those that cannot, we advise announcing that anyone having any symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, rhinorrhea, pneumonia) and those who have travelled abroad within the last 14 days to any country that are under travel advisory (https://www.canada.ca/…/20…/latest-travel-health-advice.html) to not participate in any kendo community events.

We advise clubs follow these guidelines as well for people joining practices.

Based on the risk assessment, kendo and kendo tournaments would be considered a high risk event.

Furthermore, the list of affected and high risk areas cover many our community members backgrounds, so special care should be taken.

For the Canadian National Kendo Championships in July, we do not recommend that participants make flight and accommodation bookings until further notice. The CKF will reassess the situation at the end of April again regarding the scheduling of the Kendo Nationals.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=canadian%20kendo%20federation&epa=SEARCH_BOX