Return to Sport
viaSport is working with the Province of British Columbia and the amateur sport sector to support organizations to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. All sport activities in B.C. must follow the PHO Order on Gatherings and Events.
Indoor and outdoor group sports
Games, tournaments and competitions and travel are temporarily suspended for all organized indoor and outdoor sports. For youth 21 years of age and younger:
- Individual drills and modified training activities can continue
- 3 metres physical distance must be maintained at all times
- Amateur sports organizations and leagues may implement additional guidelines to ensure the health and safety of participants
For group sports for people 22 years of age and older, activities can continue if the following conditions are met:
- if the group sport is indoors, only two persons participate;
- if the group sport is outdoors, only ten persons participate;
- the participants maintain a distance of three metres from one another while engaged in the group sport, unless the participants reside in the same private residence;
- there are no spectators, unless the presence of a spectator is necessary in order to provide care to a participant.
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 B.C. This continues to be our number-one priority. This is the current Public Health Order: Gathering and Events released on December 2, 2020. For updates on facilities 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to have feedback on your sport-specific plan.
Sport organizations can/should:
- Develop sport-specific return to sport guidelines in accordance with the PHO Order on Gatherings and Events.
- Local sport organizations (LSOs) can adapt and/or adopt PSO 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
- If you would like a copy of the viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for your reference, please email us.
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.