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Sport is returning to British Columbia in accordance with the phases outlined in B.C.’s Restart Plan. At the request of the Province of B.C., viaSport has led the creation of a set of guidelines on how to resume sport while operating safely during this pandemic – the Return to Sport Guidelines.
Sport organizations can/should:
- Develop and finalize implementation plans
- Work with your insurance provider and/or legal council on risk mitigation.
- Maintain communications with your stakeholders around the status of return to sport plans
- Consult your local health authority on their plans or guidelines for sport
- Connect with your facility operators and municipalities to understand the protocols they have in place
- Prepare materials that remind your members of public health guidelines, like posters on social distancing and hygiene
- Remind your local sport organizations and clubs of the importance of staying in touch with their members to keep them updated and engaged
- Encourage your members to remain active while enjoying the outdoors and facilities that have opened in small groups at a safe distance
Return to sport process for amateur sport
As outlined in B.C.’s Restart Plan, during Phase Two sport activities organized and operated by Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) and Disability Sport Organizations (DSOs) can resume in a limited way.
- Once the sector Return to Sport Guidelines are released, PSOs and DSOs will develop sport-specific return to sport guidelines. These sport-specific guidelines need to be approved by their respective Boards of Directors before any activities can resume.
- In order to assess all of the possible risks, PSOs and DSOs should understand their current insurance policy in relation to contagion coverage.
- Local Sport Organizations (LSOs), affiliated with a PSO or DSO, will adapt and/or adopt the approved PSO guidelines when creating their own guidelines, and it is recommended to have these approved by their own boards before resuming activities.
- In order to assess all of the possible risks, LSOs should understand their current insurance policy in relation to contagion coverage.
For the foreseeable future, sport will be more geared towards community participation and training rather than games and provincial competition. Further information will be shared once it becomes available.
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 a PSO, LSO or DSO. 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.
BCRPA GUIDELINE: The Guideline is a planning tool to help the public recreation and parks sector to carefully re-open and offer services and programs safely during this COVID-19 pandemic.
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 a PSO, LSO or DSO.