With the announcement of intra-provincial travel restrictions in by the provincial government on April 21, 2021, the following guidelines applies to anyone conducting or participating in sport activities in British Columbia.
Without exception, all sport activities must follow the directives listed in the Order of the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General M172 and the PHO Order on Gatherings and Events. It is also important to note that the Order of the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General M172 takes precedence over the PHO Gathering and Events Order.
- As of November 2020, travel for children and youth sport or adult group sport is not permitted.
- The new provincial order further restricts non-essential travel between health authority regions. For this purpose, the regions are defined as:
o “Northern-Interior Health Authority region”: Northern Health Authority region; the Interior Health Authority region; the local health areas of Bella Coola Valley, Central Coast and Hope;
o “Fraser-Vancouver Coastal Health Authority region”: the Fraser Health Authority region and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority region, excluding the local health areas of Bella Coola Valley and Central Coast;
o “Island Health Authority region”
For sport, this means that travel to home clubs or high-performance athlete travel (i.e. those who are registered with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific) that crosses a health authority region as outlined above is not allowed. Any travel that is related to sport across one of the three zones needs to be postponed until at least after May 24.
This means that teams and groups of participants can only travel to their home club and that club needs to be close to the participants’ residence.
The Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has confirmed that under the current Provincial Health Order, there should be no competition and no travel for sport.
The PHO’s guidance on travel for sport is directed at all sport delivery organizations, including, but not limited to, not-for-profit, for profit, clubs, groups, education institutions and sport camps.
Following the directives in the current provincial orders is not optional. Organizations and entities that are in breach in of this policy may be subject to enforcement measures such as fines or loss of business licenses. These policies are in place in order to maintain the health and safety of our communities.
As a reminder: Under current restrictions, within a home club setting, training and practice for youth age 21 and under may continue, as long as:
o participants maintain a physical distance of three metres from one another (no handshaking, high fives, hugging, etc.);
o the focus is on activities that have a low risk of COVID-19 virus transmission;
o there are no spectators present, unless to provide care (i.e. first aid) to a participant.