UPDATE ON ADULT SPORT AND REMINDER ABOUT TRAVEL FOR SPORT
From ViaSport press release March 19, 2021
March 12, there was a change to the Provincial Health Office Order on Gatherings and Events that affects adult outdoor sport. Group sport activities like training and drills are now permitted for adults 22 and older, provided they meet the following conditions:
- If the group sport is indoors, only two persons participate (no change);
- If the group sport is outdoors, only ten persons participate (increased from four people);
- The participants maintain a distance of three metres from one another while engaged in the group sport, unless the participants reside in the same private residence (no change);
- There are no spectators, unless the presence of a spectator is necessary in order to provide care to a participant (no change).
This change for adult sport aligns with the loosening of restrictions announced on Friday, March 12 in the Order on Gatherings and Events allowing 10 people to gather outdoors while maintaining other layers of protection.
As we all work to stay active and up-to-date, viaSport and BC Recreation and Parks Association would like to provide clarity and a reminder around travel and the intention of the Order.
Under current restrictions on travel for sport, participants can travel to their home club, even if it is outside their immediate community.
Home club is defined by the PHO as the sport organization, club, or facility at which a person is registered for ongoing sport programming.
- a skier who is part of the local ski club can travel to their local mountain, which might cross a regional health authority border;
- an archer may need to travel to a neighbouring community because their community does not have an archery club;
- a high-performance athlete may need to travel to a nearby community to receive specialized training
Although there is some flexibility to allow for participants to travel short distances to reach a home club, the intention of the Order is to minimize travel for sport activities, and to stay close to home.
- participants from Vancouver Island should not travel to the Lower Mainland, from the Kootenays to the Okanagan, or from the North to Okanagan.
The Public Health Order does not specifically address every individual situation. When interpreting the Order, please remember the intention of the Order is important. This will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and keep sports safe.