On November 19, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) has implemented province-wide restrictions, in effect for two weeks; until December 7, 2020. This Order added further restrictions to sport participation in the province.
The increase in COVID-19 cases seen across BC is very concerning, we all need to do our part to help prevent the spread of this virus. The PHO Order provides new restrictions on what we can do as individuals and what the role sport can play in keeping our communities safe.
The PHO Order recognizes that now more than ever sport provides important physical and mental health benefits to our communities, and as such sport can continue; however, within some new parameters:
November 19th Health Order Summary:
- Competitions and practices can continue with no spectators and no travel.
- No “high intensity” indoor fitness / training that involves heavy breathing.
- No travel to, from and between communities for athletic activities (i.e. competitions, training, and practice).
- Continue to practice physical distancing and daily screening for symptoms.
- Choose one sport, one club, and one training group.
- Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings.
Further Order Clarification:
SOCIAL GATHERINGS & TRAINING SESSIONS
- No social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your core bubble. Training and Competitions are not deemed a “Social Gathering” however, athletes should arrive at their scheduled time for training and leave as soon as it is completed. (A core bubble are the people you spend the most time with and are physically close to. For some people, their core bubble is their immediate household. For others, their core bubble may contain a partner, relative, friend or co-parent who lives in a different household.)
- Avoid having athletes change training groups from day to day or week to week.
No spectators are allowed at any sport activities under the current Order. The only people allowed to attend sport activities are those that provide care to a participant or player. For example, providing first aid
From November 19, 2020 at 10:00 pm to December 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm travel into, out, and between communities should be limited to essential travel only. Travel to, from and between communities for competitions, training, or practice is prohibited.
- Travel Exemptions; High performance athletes are not included in the order. To qualify as a high-performance athlete, you must be:
- Identified by the Canadian Sports Institute Pacific as a high-performance athlete affiliated with an accredited provincial or national sports organization
- Already training in BC.
- Continuing to follow the safety guidelines of your provincial or national sports organization.
GROUP INDOOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
Clubs or training groups in the Province of BC that organize or operate indoor group training must suspend activities immediately. These activities can be replaced with individual exercise or practice that allows everyone to maintain a safe physical distance. Additionally, masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings
TRAINING ENVIRONMENT & DAILY SCREENING
A daily screening should already be included in every club and training groups existing COVID-19 safety plan. Conduct routine daily symptom screenings for all coaches, volunteers, and participants. Wellness questionnaires and use of self-assessment tools are recommended.
Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces. People who cannot put on or remove a mask on their own are exempt. This include:
- Community Centres
- Recreation Centres
No spectators are allowed at any sport activities under the order. The only people allowed to attend sport activities are those that provide care to a participant or player.