B.C.’s Restart plan enters step 3 on July 1: Here are the key updates for sport

Article #3495
2021-06-30
Published By: Keven Dubinsky

Step 3 of the Restart Plan is in effect as of July 1st

Major confirmed changes included in this update are:

For any sport activity:

  • Travel for sport is aligned with recreational travel and is allowed Canada-wide. International travel must follow federal restrictions and guidance.
  • Group size restrictions have been removed. There is no maximum group size for participants, coaches, volunteers, staff and officials.
  • Physical distance does not need to be maintained on or off the field of play.
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans are no no longer required, however a new WorkSafe BC Communicable Disease Prevention Plan should be considered which can help employers reduce the risk of communicable disease in their spaces.
  • Contact tracing forms are no longer required for events.
  • Daily attestations are no longer required.
  • Liability coverage for all B.C. organizations has been exteded by the province of B.C. through December 31, 2021 through the COVID-19 Related Measures Act (CRMA). This protects people and organizations from damages resulting from transmission or exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19

Outdoor sport activities:

  • Masks are not required on or off the field of play.
  • Seated Spectators are limited to a maximum of 5,000 or 50% of capacity, whichever is greater. (IE: If your space holds 8,000 people the capacity is 5,000, if your space holds 12,000 people the capcity is 6,000)

Indoor sport activities:

  • Masks are not required on the field of play. Masks are recommended while off the field of play for for those 12 and over who have not received both immunization shots.
  • Seated Spectators are limited to a maximum of 50 or 50% of capacity, whichever is greater. (IE: If your space holds 75 people the capacity is 50, if your space holds 500 people the capcity is 250)

 Please remember that although the provincially allowed participation numbers have increased, facilities may have additional considerations which impact their ability to expand the use of their facility (staffing, cleaning, etc) and we should work with the facility operators to fully understand the facility’s processes and timing. Some facilities may also have mask requirements in effect and those still need to be followed.