With yesterday’s announcement, the BC Government released a Four Phased approach to opening up many sectors of the economy, while still managing the risks associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that will protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
An informal timeline for the return to sport in BC is aimed for mid-May. Unfortunately, this does not mean a return to sport as we knew it pre-COVID. Provincial Sport Organizations will be tasked with producing a sport specific ‘Return to Play Policy,’ communicating in detail, how individual sports will return to play, while respecting the guidelines of a controlled, safe, and phased approach.
Triathlon BC, together with its partners, Triathlon Canada, ViaSport and Sport BC are now evaluating how to return to sport. As part of phase one, small group activities may be permitted, while maintaining physical distancing and modifying activities as required. Additionally, as part of the initial phases of return, and as outlined by the Health Authorities, focus will be on skill development, general training and injury prevention, not competition.
Triathlon BC’s priority, first and foremost, is that of safety; safety of our members, our participants and our communities. A task force has been struck to create a Return to Play strategy that considers guidelines from public health agencies and Triathlon Canada, including group size, physical distancing requirements and modifications to activities. Once complete, our Return to Play policy will be vetted by viaSport, and will then go on for approval by the Ministry of Health.
With the warm sunny weather brought on by the month of May, it’s important to respect the guidelines set by the Provincial Health Authorities. While self-isolation is starting to ease in BC over the coming months, we need to do our part in beating the curve, ensuring that we can all return to activity in a safe manner together.
Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as, together, we move collectively to a brighter future.