Organized Recreational Activities and Team Sports Guidance
This guideline applies to any organized recreational activity or team sport held outside or indoors, including, but not limited to, baseball, basketball, dance, gymnastics, hockey, and soccer, and day camp activities.
With any organized recreational activity or team sport, consideration must be given to the type of play and the spectrum of risk. Activities with less potential for physical contact are presumed to carry less risk, whereas activities with more potential for physical contact are presumed to carry more risk.
Activities based on level of contact
Examples of activities with low, moderate, and high potential for physical contact include, but are not limited to:
|Level of Contact||
|Low potential, brief contact||
|Moderate potential, brief contact||
Sports permitted with modifications
|High potential, frequent contact||
Sports permitted with modifications
Sports NOT permitted2
- There is evidence that singing can project respiratory droplets much further than other activities. Singing is permitted provided singers/vocalists are a minimum of 3.5 metres (12 feet) apart from each other and everyone else.
- Full-contact sports and activities may be permitted with extensive modifications – for example, drills and forms related to martial arts and boxing may be performed, but sparring is not permitted except between members of the same household.
Core operational measures
required by all businesses, services, and organizations:
- Develop an operational plan detailing methods to mitigate transmission of disease.
- Take every reasonable step to ensure physical distancing (including employees and/or clients) of two metres (six feet) between each other.
- Take every reasonable step required to prevent employees who are required to self-isolate from entering workplaces.
- Develop and follow an exclusion policy that ensures symptomatic employees are immediately excluded from work activities.
- Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.
- Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible to all employees.
Organized recreational activities & team sports measures:
- Follow Gatherings Guidance
- If there will be more than one gathering at one time at a facility (indoor or outdoor), guidance on multiple gatherings must be followed.
- The number of individuals permitted to gather include any participants, volunteers and spectators present at or near the gathering. Paid staff are excluded from the gathering limit, within reason.
- The count of spectators does not apply to people in vehicles or individuals who are transporting players and sitting or standing outside their cars, provided they do not mix with others.
- Operations must keep daily records of all players, staff, volunteers and spectators participating in their program. This can be done with a responsible person completing attendance on site or electronically with verification on site. Records including the names and phone number should be kept for one month to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak. Operations should have an internal process in place to quickly retrieve these records, should the records be needed, even on weekends. These records should be stored in a safe, secure location for one month after creation of the records and then disposed of using a secure destruction method to maintain the confidentiality of participants. For paper records, secure destruction means, at minimum, cross-cut shredding.
- One day tournaments and similar events are permitted where the total number of people mixing does not exceed the organized gathering limit (e.g. 50 in phase 4; a small tennis tournament may be feasible.) This is to keep contact tracing manageable in the instance of a positive case. There could be the potential for a second group of 50 players up to a maximum of 100 people across gatherings provided the two groups do not mix (as per the multiple gathering guidance). Pre approval of the operational plan would be required should the total number of people involved exceed 50.
- Physical distancing among spectators, staff and volunteers is to be maintained, and may require measures to promote physical distancing in seating areas.
- Moderate and high potential activities require modifications to promote physical distancing.
- Full-contact activities (e.g. martial arts, boxing, wrestling, touch and tackle football, hockey with checking, and rugby) are not permitted, except with extensive modifications (for example, drills and forms, and non-contact martial arts like Tai Chi).
- Physical distancing among participants and players is to be maintained as much as possible, except for brief exchanges where they cannot be avoided.
- Individuals may share equipment (i.e. soccer balls, baseballs, gymnastics equipment, etc.) among individuals from different households when necessary and with precautions.
- Clean and disinfect shared equipment frequently. Depending on the activity, this may be after each player’s use, between periods or innings, at specified breaks, after switching gymnastics stations, and between group classes.
- Activities that include cheering, whistling, singing, and other vigorous vocalization should be minimized as much as possible to reduce the transmission of respiratory droplets. Singing is permitted provided singers/vocalists are a minimum of 3.5 metres (12 feet) apart from each other and everyone else.
- If restrooms and/or showers are available, limit the number of users at a given time, maintain hand washing supplies, increase cleaning and disinfecting frequency, and install no-touch garbage bins.
- Print and post signage outlining policies and procedures such as:
- Physical distancing expectations,
- Hand hygiene,
- Respiratory etiquette (coughing and sneezing), and
- Cleaning and disinfection practices and expectations.
- Print and post signage to notify individuals that they should not attend if they have symptoms of COVID-19.