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Return to Sport

Return to Sport

IMPORTANT: Province-wide restrictions announced November 19, 2020

Return to Sport Guidelines

FAQs | August 27 Webinar recording

Communications tools for sport organizations

Sport is returning to British Columbia in accordance with the B.C. 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. As outlined in B.C.’s Restart Plan, sport activities can resume in accordance with the viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines and public health protocols. Further information will be shared once it becomes available. 

Recreation, leisure and individual training activities and facilities considerations

During the return to sport process, viaSport’s role is to focus on the safe return of participants to sport activities in BC. This continues to be our number-one priority. The current Public Health Order: Gathering and Events allows for spectators in facilities. Although the Order allows for up to 50 patrons (spectators) at events, spectators may still be limited because of the challenges in accommodating them in facilities. viaSport supports each municipality’s decision on spectator access as they navigate these challenges. For updates on facility access for spectators, please contact your municipality, BC Recreation and Parks Association or Recreation Facilities Association of BC.

For sport organizations, it is important to ensure facility plans can support aspects of your sport-specific plans. Visit Recreation Facilities Association of BC for additional resources and contact if you wish to have feedback on your sport-specific plan.  

Sport organizations can/should:

  • Develop sport-specific return to sport guidelines
  • Local sport organizations (LSOs) can adapt and/or adopt approved sport-specific guidelines, and it is recommended to have these approved by their own boards before resuming activities
  • 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, as outlined at the bottom of this page
  • Prepare materials that remind your members of public health guidelines, like posters on social distancing and hygiene
  • Encourage your members to remain active while enjoying the outdoors and facilities that have opened in a safe manner

Liability protection announcement: The Province has now acted to extend COVID-19 liability coverage to for-profit organizations through the COVID-19 Related Measures Act (CRMA). The regulation protects people (paid or volunteer) from proceedings for civil liability for damages resulting from transmission or exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. The regulation is retroactive to January 1, 2020 and will remain in force unless and until the CRMA is repealed. This addresses the liability concerns of private LSOs. Read the regulation here.





Sport specific guidelines

As each sport complete's their return to sport plan, view each sports guidelines here.


Return to Sport resources

Find resources and tools to help plan your return to sport.