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viaSport Return to Sport Update — December 24, 2021

The PHO Order on Gatherings and Events has been updated with restrictions on sport tournaments, spectator capacity and recreational sport. To reflect these changes, viaSport has updated the Return to Sport Restart 2.0 chart with the details.

We want to stress that the intention of the PHO Order on Gatherings and Events is to allow sport to continue in a pared-back version where we exercise our best judgement on how to proceed as safely as possible. We understand there are differences in the Order as it relates to sport, fitness and recreation, and in light of that, amateur sport needs to proceed with extra caution as none of us want decisions made in sport environments to be the reason for further restrictions.

Now is not the time for certain types of activities or competitions to proceed (e.g. regional tournaments, social events, inter-provincial travel, etc.). Our aim at this time should be to make sure that the decisions we make preserves the core activities of sport so that it can continue as much as possible.

To summarize:

  • Sport tournaments are not allowed at this time
  • Spectators: seated and standing capacity is at 50%
  • Adult indoor and mixed-age sport and recreation programs (including pool-based) are at 50% of capacity/occupancy of the space
  • Interprovincial travel and international travel for sport is not advised

View the latest Return to Sport Restart 2.0 Chart

Additionally, the PHO announced new guidelines on what to do if you test positive, including reporting and isolation, that may be useful for your members. The information is up-to-date on the BCCDC site:

Note that the guidance on isolation has recently changed to:

– minimum 5-day isolation if you are fully vaccinated

– minimum 10-day isolation if not fully vaccinated