Sport Manitoba has shared the following update based on the public health changes for the Winnipeg Metro area announced on October 16, 2020 and takes effect on Monday, October 19, 2020.    

There is nothing new that should be directly impacting any Return to Basketball activities on the court other than to have only one parent with a child if they are there at all.  Most facilities aren't allowing parents to be present anyways.  The limitation to only 25% capacity of spectators doesn't impact as well as we are not in a competition phase as of yet.  

Manitoba Health didn’t explicitly say if the "10 to 5 maximum people" change affects sport but we will go under the assumption that since it wasn’t mentioned that things remain as is (15 max people for basketball at a time in a gymnasium, including coaches and players). This wasn’t mentioned in the news conference either other than the concern of socializing taking place after a sporting activity. 

The other to expect is a new contact tracing requirement by facilities prior to using a space.  There will be a request (including from those using the spaces at Sport Manitoba) to provide a contact list of all participants PRIOR  to using a space effective this Monday.  Program operators should be prepared to provide that upon request.  

Lastly, the mask requirement, physical distancing and not sharing of equipment remains in place for all players and coaches coming and going from an activity.  Only players actively participating in basketball can remove their mask.  Coaches are to keep their masks on at all times.

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COVID-19 Update: Sport Partners
Friday, October 16, 2020

Manitoba’s public health officials have decided to increase certain restrictions under the current Restricted (Orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region. These measures will come into effect on Monday, Oct. 19, for a minimum of two weeks, and include:

  • reducing the number of spectators to 25 per cent of a site’s capacity for after-school activities and sporting events
  • lowering indoor and outdoor gathering sizes from 10 to five
  • requiring gyms and fitness centres to collect contact information for all attendees

The Province also noted that families with children in sporting activities are strongly encouraged to have only one parent attend events, games, or practices, and reiterated that people going to gyms or fitness centres must wear a mask unless they are participating in physical activity.

Click here to view the full release.

Please note, Sport Manitoba is already collecting contact information for contact tracing purposes in the Fitness Centre and Sport Performance Centre, and is actively working to implement a process for both the courts and flex space.

An important reminder as sports move along with their Return to Play plans, that if a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was involved in a recreational activity during their communicable period, public health investigations would include everyone involved in that event. 

Following the risk assessment, public health may determine there was zero risk and there would be no need for anyone to self-isolate (quarantine). Or, the risk assessment could determine that all those involved would be at risk and would have to self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days. For more on this update from Public Health, click here

It continues to be critically important that we focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you feel sick, even mildly ill
  • Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household
  • If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk 
  • Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces

We will continue to update you as we receive new information.

Thank you and stay safe.


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