I am sure you have heard a lot about the BC Restart Plan for the last few days. BC Government has set out this 4 steps timeline, however, how quickly we move to the next step depends on the rates of immunization, infection and hospitalizations in BC. The intention is to slowly return to activities. Organizations are asked to slow down when planning for sport programs.
Right now we are in Step 1 - which started on May 25, 2021, and what does it means for Sports?
Adult and Youth Outdoor group sport
Local outdoor sports for all ages can now resume. That includes practices, games and tournaments.
Maximum participants: Adult Outdoor Sport Activities - up to 50 participants are allowed.
Children and Youth Outdoor sport activities have no maximum participants.
Adult – Indoor group and team sport
Games, tournaments and competitions for indoor group sports for people 22 years of age and older are prohibited.
Badminton drills and training activities are permitted with modifications and a reduced number of participants:
2 people per court (single)
Participants must maintain a distance of 3 metres from one another unless everyone lives in the same private residence.
Youth – Indoor group and team sport
Games, tournaments and competitions for indoor group sports for people 21 years of age and younger are prohibited.
Indoor badminton drills and training activities are permitted. Participants must maintain a distance of 3 metres from one another unless everyone lives in the same private residence.
High Performance Athletes
High performance athletes already training in B.C. as of November 19, 2020 can train, travel and compete together. They must follow the COVID-19 safety protocols of the provincial or national sports organization they are affiliated with.
To qualify as a high-performance athlete, you must be identified by the Canadian Sports Institute Pacific as a high-performance athlete affiliated with an accredited provincial or national sports organization.
Again, spectators are not allowed at any sport activities whether indoor or outdoor. The only people allowed to attend sport activities are those that provide care to a participant or player. For example, providing personal care or first aid to a player.
Travel for Sport
Travel outside your travel region for athletic activities like games, competitions, training and practice is prohibited. Local game play and practices means playing within your home club until Step 2 is announced.
Masks are still required for everyone in many public indoor settings, as outlined in the EPA mask mandate order.
You can find out more about the restart plan in the links below.
BC Restart Plan
viaSport Return to Sport
viaSport Restart FAQ
PHO province wide restriction
We will continue to send you updates once we have any news on the Restart Plan. We are optimistic that a full return to sport is coming soon.