All eyes were on Premier John Horgan yesterday as he released details about B.C.'s startup plan. Sports and recreation groups were eager to find out what the plan is for bringing amateur sports back, and if and when ogranizations can plan to begin a season.
While there has been no hard dates or details set about what sports can return when, and under what circumstances, here's what we do know:
1. Sports part of Phase Two
The return of sports and recreation is listed under phase two of B.C.'s restart plan. That phase is expected to begin around May 19, the Tuesday after the Victoria Day weekend. The opening of outdoor sports fields and recreation spaces are listed under phase two as well.
2. Public Health guidelines
The following guidelines to be followed when playing sports have been released by the government, and will be added to and explained more fully as more information is revealed.
- Routine daily symptom screening for all participants.
- Low contact sports especially those outdoors are considered safer. Identify high contact sports that should not take place during the pandemic.
- Clear policy for participants and staff who have the symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, with any coughing or sneezing not participating.
- Staff and participants at higher risk of experiencing severe illness should not take part in recreational, sporting, or camp activities.
3. To be determined
There has been no official guide given as to what sports will and won't be allowed to return in phase two, nor has there been an announcement regarding how umbrella organizations (B.C. Lacrosse Association, B.C. Soccer Association) will go about getting clearance to resume operations. That information is still to come.
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