Return to Sport - New Provincial Order: December 2, 2020

Posted by BCSSA Office on Dec 03 2020 at 12:10PM PST

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.

The latest announcement from the PHO (December 2, 2020) has not yet been written and circulated and therefore, clarification on some of the points is needed. We anticipate that the PHO will release the official written orders within the next 24-48 hours so please keep an eye on the Provincial Health website for updates.

All organized adult sport & recreation activities are to be suspended immediately and until notified by the Provincial Health Officer. In other words, any and all organized MASTERS SWIM PROGRAMS are to be suspended with no activities until notified.

Youth sport & recreation programs can continue, with physical distancing and Covid-safe measures in place however:

  • Games & competitions must be suspended immediately.
  • Sport activities should focus on skills and drills training with no games or competitions of any sort.
  • 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. For example, providing first aid. 
  • Travel to, from and between communities for team athletic activities like games, competitions, training and practice is prohibited under this order. If the athletes sporting activity is available in their home community, they must participate in their home community. They are allowed to travel to the closest neighboring community to participate IF they have already been participating in this activity AND the activity is not available in their home community. 
  • Masks are required in all indoor public settings. We recommend that you err on the side of caution and wear a mask in all indoor public settings, including lockers, change rooms, etc. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this order but should be encouraged to comply if possible.
  • High performance athletes already training in B.C. and identified by CSI-Pacific are excluded from the sport-related restrictions.

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