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COVID-19 Update: July 24, 2020

After discussion with CCH and Public Health, we’d like to inform you of an update to the Public Health approved NS Sport Guidelines. This update is applicable to sport settings where up to 50 participants, physically distanced, are taking part in a sport activity, and reads as follows:

“In a defined sport setting where participants are physically distancing in one group of 50 or less, incidental contact, (where a participant comes into close contact, less than two metres, with another participant), that is infrequent, brief, and cannot be avoided may occur.”

For clarity, this does not allow for possession-based team sports such as soccer or hockey, where participants would normally be within two metres for frequent and long periods of time, to resume normal play.

If you think that this update will provide an opportunity to expand your sport’s allowable activities, please feel free to provide us with a brief description of the incidental contact that would occur, and we will work with CCH to review and reply to you.

In addition, we wanted you to know that we will continue to work together over the coming weeks to determine if further changes to regulations may be possible as we approach the fall sport season, and will provide you with that information as soon as it becomes available.

Take care,

Jamie Ferguson


Return to Sport Update

July 6th, 2020

Recently the Province announced some changes to gathering sizes for indoor and outdoor events.  We have been in contact with the Province in order to get some clarification on the changes that came into effect on July 3, 2020.

The current NS Sport Guidelines for sport activities, such as practices and games remain in place. This means that there can be a maximum of 50 participants on a field of play, socially distanced, if the facility space allows, or there can be groups of 10 participants who are not distancing, provided each group is distanced from the other, again to a total of 50 participants.  As per previous communications, it is recommended that each group of 10 remains the same as much as possible.

As of July 3, facilities that are registered businesses or organizations that are hosting amateur sporting events and competitions will be subject to the recently announced gathering limits of up to 250 people socially distanced for outdoor events, and up to 50% capacity to a limit of 200 people for indoor events.  It is important to note that this applies only to facilities hosting events that are registered businesses or organizations, and the NS Sport Guidelines remain in effect for the field of play for each host facility.  Please note that the up to 50 individuals involved in the field of play are part of the overall gathering numbers (up to 200 indoors or 250 outdoors).

For more information, please see the Communities, Culture and Heritage COVID-19 Stakeholder Guidance Document


Return to Sport Update

June 22, 2020

The Province of Nova Scotia now allows groups of up to 50 people to gather while social distancing, and groups of 10 will be allowed to gather without social distancing. This means that sport organizations can now run programs with 50 people who are socially distant, or divide into smaller groups of 10 without distancing. Contact will be allowed within groups of 10. 

It is encouraged that groups of 10 (total participants) remain consistent as much as possible. It is up to the organization in how to interpret this and implement it with the membership’s health and well-being in mind.  It is also encouraged that coaches stay with their designated training group for the duration of a session. It is ultimately up to the organization how the interpret this information, and implement it with the health and well-being of their membership in mind. As best practice, we recommend that groups of ten who are not social distancing stay together as much as possible.

All provincial sport organization return to activity plans must adhere to the Nova Scotia Sport Guidelines. The provincial sport organizations who have already had their return to activity plans reviewed can be found here. Provincial sport organizations can apply these new guidelines to their plans, but they are not required to re-submit new plans for review. However, if provincial sport organizations would like to re-submit, they are welcome to do so.

We strongly recommend that each provincial sport organization prepare a plan to practice due diligence to ensure a safe return for all participants. We are working with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to see that submitted plans are reviewed and relevant feedback is provided in a timely manner. A brief outline of the review process can be found here.

The COVID-19 Return to Recreation (Program and Facility) Guidelines can be found here. If you are looking for more information about recreation programs and facilities, please go to the Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia website.

Thank you to all of our sport organization members for the hard work you’ve done to ensure a safe return for all participants!

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