Brenda and I would like to wish everyone the best of health and safety during this very stressful timein Canada’s and the world’s history. We trust that everyone is doing their part, as are we, to battle this deadly virus. We are both well, and strictly practicing the mandates as prescribed by our national government.
For us, that means Stay Home… and yes we have done that. It means Physical Distancing for the infrequent trip to the grocery store… and we are going beyond physical distancing. Anything we can do to protect ourselves and those around us… we are doing.
At the same time as Ontario mandated a shut down for non-essential services, our first main shipment from Taylor arrived. We have many club and individual orders for bowls ready to go. However, we are abiding, strictly, by the laws of our government, as we understand them, and will not be shipping, nor offering curbside pickup, as we hoped to do, until further notice from the governments of Canada and Ontario.
We believe to do so would be unconscionable as we would be jeopardizing the health of fellow Canadians. Shipping now should be for essential goods only. We could not, in good faith, justify filling trucks with bowls and bags, when that space and effort should be for the exclusive use of those shipping and receiving essential goods. Try as we might, we could not find a reason to declare lawn bowls an essential item.
According to most documents, the virus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours. Everything we ship comes in a cardboard box. To ship now, we would be endangering the lives of the shippers and those receiving the packages.
According to most documents, the virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours. Bowls are definitely hard… and shiny. We can’t imagine someone opening their set of bowls, picking one out, and declaring “Oh look my new bowls, don’t they feel so smooth!”
The more we can do to flatten this curve, or plank it in this first wave, the better off everyone in Canada will be… ourselves, our families, and fellow bowlers and Canadians.
MVP Sports and our Agents are doing everything we can to ensure that everyone will be back bowling sooner rather than later.
As soon as we hear that it is both advisable and legal to do so, we will begin shipping items again. Until then, please, stay safe, stay well - let’s all try and do our part! April 10, 2020
Dan & Brenda Milligan
MVP Sports, Proud Supporter of Bowls in Canada for over three decades!