JUNE 9 UPDATE: As part of the revisions made to the Public Health Orders announced on June 9, 2021, the Manitoba Government is limiting outdoor gatherings to up to 5 people who can gather in a socially distanced manner from as many as 2 households through to at least June 26, 2021. This change to the orders will include public basketball courts in Manitoba. More information on the changes can be found on the Manitoba government’s website.
Basketball Manitoba has been receiving a number of inquires about access to outdoor basketball courts in Manitoba. Details on what is or isn't currently permitted in Manitoba tied to the pandemic can be found on the Province of Manitoba's website. Any information found in the current public health orders will supercede any of the information on this page.
OUTDOOR BASKETBALL FAQs
Q: Can we currently play pick up basketball games outdoors?
A: No. Pick up or unorganized games would break the requirement to maintain no more than five people from as many as 2 households from "socially distancing". You can however head to a court with a group of 5 or fewer people to individually train or shoot while mainitianing social distancing of 2m.
Q: Are masks required to be worn by players while at an outdoor basketball court?
A: Outdoors, no, however Manitoba Public Health is recommending people outdoors and around others to wear a mask. It’s a recommendation and not a mandate.
Q: Do we need to socially distance while at an outdoor basketball court?
A: Yes. Only up to five people from as many as two households can be at an outdoor basketball court at the moment.
Q: What should I do if there are more than five others already at a court at the same time?
Head home or find another court in your community that has fewer people. You can find an outdoor basketball court on the Manitoba Outdoor Basketball Court Map.
Q: Are all outdoor basketball courts open?
A: They are able to open under the above health orders but still respect any signage saying otherwise and avoid using courts on school property during school hours to respect the safety of students at the school. Some schools have moved to remote learning but there may still be some students in the school. Some school divisions, community / recreation centres and parks may also close or restrict access to their properties during certain hours. Please respect all local signage and restrictions.
Q: What if I see others playing basketball at a public outdoor basketball court that includes those from different households?
Basketball Manitoba doesn't own or manage any outdoor courts as they are mainly located on school, community / recreation centre property or in public parks so we are unable to enforce any of the above regulations. It may be tough to determine if people don't reside in the same household by looking at the group from afar. If you are certain that the current public health orders are being violated, concerns can be made to the Province of Manitoba's Covid Tip Line.
Everyone needs to still follow the fundamental health guidelines of staying home if not feeling well, sanitize your hands and equipment before and after use, maintain social distancing and wear a mask where required. The quicker that we can rid Covid from our lives the quicker we can get back to normal basketball!
Find an outdoor basketball court in Manitoba near you or submit data on one we are missing at http://outdoor.basketballmanitoba.ca.
These health orders are scheduled to be reviewed / renewed by June 26 and may change with fewer or more restrictions so subscribe to our email newsletter below or follow us on social media to stay in the loop. Stay safe!