With current provincial SPORT and TRAVEL restrictions in place until at least May 25, 2021, viaSport is providing the following guidance around how to prepare for a safe, gradual return to sport.

• Currently, sport activities for youth and adults are restricted until at least May 25, 2021.

• The B.C. Provincial Health Officer has indicated that when restrictions are eased, it will happen slowly and gradually.

• Modified activities for outdoor sports could return as early as June, but the timeline for indoor sports will depend on future decisions from public health officials.

• Although outdoor sport may be more permissive than indoor sport after May 25, 2021, viaSport is hopeful that all sport can expect a gradual transition back to regular game play over the summer and into the fall.

• Dr. Henry is working with public health officials on a health policy that will guide the next phases of a restart plan for all sectors, which is targeted to be released after the May long weekend.

• When restrictions are lifted, sport will have many factors to consider including availability of facilities, coaches, volunteers, and importantly, athlete fitness. As a result, we recognize that it will take time for many to restart their activities.

• Staying connected and aligned with Triathlon BC will help make the transition safer and smoother for everyone.

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

• The Orders do not specifically address every individual situation. When interpreting the Orders, please remember the intention is important. This will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and keep sports safe. Our actions now will impact how quickly we can return to sport when the time is right.