DECEMBER 8, 2020: UPDATES TO PROVINCE-WIDE RESTRICTIONS

DECEMBER 8, 2020: UPDATES TO PROVINCE-WIDE RESTRICTIONS

As of December 7, 2020, the Provincial Health Order on Gatherings and Events has been extended to January 8, 2021, and information is available here. These updates apply to all sport activities in B.C. 

"While we recognize the impact this has on sport, it is helpful to have certainty related to the duration of these restrictions. This should provide coaches, volunteers, participants, and parents with stability related to permitted activities over the holiday season," said Charlene Krepiakevich, CEO of viaSport. 

Dr. Henry indicated December 7 that a new Order for sport and fitness will be forthcoming. We expect it will provide further clarity on the existing state of sport in the province. We will post information here when it becomes available.

It is a good idea to review the most recent FAQ. The Ministry of Health reminds everyone that the intention of the restrictions is to minimize the number of people we interact with and to reduce travel in order to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission. While travel and interactions are a key part of the sport experience, during this very critical time in this global pandemic, it is important all travel and interaction, including those for sport, be put on pause.

Specifically, the updates include:

  • All indoor and outdoor team sports for people 19 years of age and older are suspended. The Province's website lists a number of sports as examples, and it is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list. All team sports must follow these restrictions.
  • Indoor and outdoor sport for people under 19 years of age can continue (see section B18 of the Order) but:
    • Participants must maintain a physical distance of three metres from one another;
    • Activities should be low risk of transmitting the virus (e.g. individual activities, group training that maintains physical distance);
    • Games, tournaments and competitions for teams are not allowed. 

Still in effect:

  • Travel restrictions are in place for sport; individuals should continue to stay close to home.
  • No spectators are allowed at any sport activities. 

The Provincial Health Officer will continue to review the restrictions and consider how best to move forward.

Reducing interactions will help keep communities safe and healthy and lower the risk to our health care system.

 

The preceeding update was provided by viaSport on December 8, 2020. To view the original article click here