NOV 9 UPDATE - Lower Mainland / Fraser Valley COVID-19 Return to Sport

Article #3437
2020-11-09
Published By: Kathy Stahr

November 7, 2020 Lower Mainland Restrictions

LOWER MAINLAND AND FRASER VALLEY RESTRICTIONS

November 9, 2020 update: Provincial Health Officer Order affecting the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley

The new Provincial Health Officer Order for individuals, places of work and businesses across the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley is now in place until Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. This includes all communities within the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions, with the exception of the Central Coast and Bella Coola Valley, and focuses on four areas: social gatherings, travel, group physical activities, and workplace safety.

We are still waiting on the formal order to be released and we expect that to be available in the coming days.

At this time, this is what we know about sport activities in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions, including:

  • Travel into and out of the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley should be limited to essential travel only. Travel to, from and between the regions for athletic competitions like games and tournaments is prohibited.
  • Indoor, contact sport activities must revert back to physically distanced activities as per Phase 2 guidance of the viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines.
  • Indoor, non-contact sport can continue activities as before, except for travel restrictions as per above.
  • Outdoor sport activities can continue without change, except travel restrictions as per above.
  • It is recommended that no spectators attend either outdoor or indoor sport activities/events.

viaSport is working with government to continue to provide further clarity to the order and respond to the questions that we have been receiving. We have created an FAQ document related to this order and we will continue to update it as we receive more information.

Provincial health officer orders are always a last resort, but these measures are required in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions at this time. We all need to do our part in protecting our communities and wherever possible, we should all err on the side of caution.



 - VIASPORT

New Provincial Health Officer Order affecting the Lower Mainland

November 7, 2020, a new Provincial Health Officer Order was put in place for all individuals, places of work and businesses across the Lower Mainland. This includes all communities within the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions, with the exception of Hope, the Central Coast, Bella Coola Valley, the Sunshine Coast, Powell River and Howe Sound. This Order will be in effect for two weeks, from November 7 at 10 p.m. until Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. and focuses on four areas: social gatherings, travel, group physical activities, and workplace safety.

Although we will not have full details of the new Order until it is finalized and released, we do know:

  • Indoor competitions and games for sports that cannot maintain physical distance are suspended in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions for two weeks.
  • Indoor sports in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions that cannot maintain physical distance in games are able to conduct individual exercise activities and/or practices if physical distance measures can be maintained.
  • Travel for sports into or out of the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions is suspended for two weeks.

With respect to group indoor activities that increase the respiratory rate, we are working with government to clarify the Order’s impact on sport. What we do know is the following indoor group activities must also stop for two weeks in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions, including spin classes, yoga, group fitness, dance classes.

We are working with government to understand more how sports that organize indoor group physical activities will be affected. We will share more information as soon we learn more.

Provincial health officer orders are always a last resort, but right now these additional measures are required in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions. We need everyone to re-double our efforts to protect our communities. NOTE: BC Alpine will seek to get more details in the coming days and will publish any new information as soon as it becomes available - please stay tuned!

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