CBJ ANNOUNCE TEAM OPERATIONS INFORMATION
March 16, 2020by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS ANNOUNCE TEAM OPERATIONS INFORMATION COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to actively monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control, state and local health agencies and the National Hockey League with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Accordingly, the club released the following information regarding team and business operations. As the situation continues to be fluid, these plans may be adjusted as facts and circumstances change. Business Operations • All club and arena employees that can work from home are doing so until further notice. • For those few associates with duties in the office, steps have been taken to reduce contact with others including the limiting in-person meetings and re-assigned and relocated workstations at least six feet apart in line with social distancing recommendations. In addition, enhanced and detailed cleaning throughout all areas of the arena continues to be in place. • A Remote Work Handbook has been created to assist staff members working from home. • Daily conference calls and/or e-mails to staff with the latest updates and recommendations related to COVID-19. • All non-essential work-related travel and team events have been cancelled. • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): All full-time employees have access to EAP resources that provide 24/7 support to assist those with physical and emotional needs. • PREMIUM AND SEASON TICKET HOLDERS/GROUP TICKET BUYERS: Tickets to postponed games for premium and season ticket holders, as well as group ticket buyers, will be honored when play is resumed. Customers in these groups that have questions can contact their Blue Jackets account representative for assistance, e-mail ticketsales@BlueJackets.com or call (614) 246-3350. • SINGLE GAME BUYERS: Tickets held for any postponed game will be valid on the rescheduled date once determined. Refunds may also be obtained through the point of purchase. Game Day Staff • While the goal is at some point to finish the regular season and award the Stanley Cup, we understand the postponement of regularly scheduled hockey games directly impacts the livelihood of our valued part-time staff. To help alleviate this hardship, the Blue Jackets and CBJ Arena Management will pay hourly game day employees for shifts lost for all CBJ games they were scheduled to work (that do not take place) through the end of the NHL regular season. • Currently, our Human Resources Department is contacting those affected individuals to coordinate timely payment to alleviate their unexpected loss of income. Team Operations • Team players, coaches and personnel in close contact with players on a regular basis have been encouraged to self-quarantine until March 27 to determine if anyone experiences an illness, reduce the risk of transmission and minimize exposure within the community. Team personnel are permitted to leave Columbus to go to their homes in other locations but are expected to self-quarantine at that location if they do so. To date, no Blue Jackets personnel have exhibited any signs of COVID-19. • Team facilities are closed to all personnel except in the case of the rehabilitation and treatment of players with on-going disabling injuries. These activities may continue to be directed by team medical staff and provided at its facilities unless the player and team agree to utilize an alternative rehabilitation approach. • At the end of the self-quarantine period, and depending upon world developments between now and then, consideration will be given to allowing club facilities to be open to players in scheduled and coordinated small groups for voluntary training and care on the same basis as in the off-season. • Team personnel will be provided daily updates from the club and League on all matters pertaining to COVID-19.