Recently, the BC government announced a 4-Phased reopening of BC. Within the phased opening, small groups of up to 6 individuals, practicing social distancing, together with ‘recreation and sport’ appeared to be making a return in Phase 2, scheduled for mid-May. Triathlon BC would like to assure its valued members that we are in constant conversation with our partners, ViaSport and the Provincial Government, making every effort in stewarding a safe return to sport.
With the COVID situation in our province evolving routinely, so has sport’s preparation to return. Last week, we reported that every amateur sport in BC, including Triathlon BC, was tasked with developing sport-specific strategies in returning to training. These strategies would then go on to be vetted by ViaSport, before being approved by the Provincial Health Ministry.
On May 12th, we learned that the Return to Sport process has progressed, whereby a standardized, sector-wide Return to Sport document will be drafted by ViaSport, then reviewed and approved by representatives from the Health Ministry and WorkSafe BC. These guidelines will likely include measures that reduce the risk of exposure among participants, including:
- Physical distancing measures
- Measures to reduce the density of participants
- Clear rules and guidelines around hygiene and equipment cleaning
The approved sector-wide guidelines will then be embedded into sport specific return to sport strategies that will require approval by the Triathlon BC Board of Directors. Affiliated clubs across the province will be also be required to adopt Triathlon BC’s Return to Sport strategies or develop their own guidelines, which must be approved by the Club’s Board of Directors. Clubs will have to determine their appetite for risk as they implement a return to organized sport. Whether clubs develop their own strategies or adopt Triathlon BC’s, the standardized, sector-wide provincial Return to Sport Guidelines must be included within all strategies.
Triathlon BC is eager to support our Athletes, Clubs, Coaches, Officials and Race Directors in the return to regular training activities, but we must do so safely, with the health and well-being of our community in our mind, first and foremost.
Recreation, leisure and individual training activities
With the reopening of parks and both municipal and private recreation facilities in our communities, casual or leisure activities have also begun to resume. These activities should not be organized or operated by sport groups/clubs. Participation in these activities is at the discretion of the individual and should adhere to current public health recommendations. Individuals are encouraged to go outdoors for personal exercise and to remain active in their communities during this time. Casual or leisure activities include but are not limited to: skill development, leisure sport and individual training. Please consult your local or municipal authorities, or the facility itself, for their specific COVID-19 guidelines to help you decide if you will partake in these activities.
We know individuals are eager to resume physical activity and parents are eager to see their children active and participating in sport and recreation again. At this time, the safety of our children, our fellow citizens and communities is of the utmost importance. Adhere to public health recommendations when you begin to reintroduce this into your lives as recreation, leisure and individual training activities only at this time. As a reminder these activities should not be organized or operated by sport groups/clubs.
On behalf of the Board and staff, thank you for your continued patience as work to bring sport back to the people of BC!
Please be sure to review ViaSport’s Return To Sport FAQ found HERE.