With the recently updated Manitoba Public Health Orders that were released on Tuesday, April, 27, the changes announced tied to outdoor sports will have some impact on any Basketball Manitoba approved outdoor 3x3 games, including ones planned by the WMBA and Peg City basketball leagues.  The new health orders still allow for outdoor sporting activities, with certain restrictions tied to spectators and mask use.  

The new public health orders tied to outdoor activities currently state...

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ORDER 13 - OUTDOOR SPORTS - SOURCE

13(1) Outdoor sporting facilities may open, subject to the requirements of this section.

13(2) Persons must not engage in outdoor sporting activities as part of a group of more than 10 persons, unless all persons in the group are participating in an organized practice, game or competition at an outdoor sporting facility. 

13(3) Organized practices, games and competitions at outdoor sporting facilities may take place, but the operator of a facility must ensure that no multi-team tournaments are permitted at the facility.

13(4) Warming shacks, washrooms and other indoor facilities associated with outdoor sporting activities may open if the operator of those facilities

(a) implements measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public at the indoor facilities;

(b) limits occupancy to all indoor facilities other than dressing rooms to 25% of the usual capacity; and 

(c) limits the number of persons in dressing rooms to 50% of the usual capacity or to a number that ensures that all persons in the dressing room are able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other persons, whichever is lesser.

 13(5) Subject to subsection (6), no spectators are permitted at a sporting activity taking place at an outdoor sporting facility.

13(6) Only one parent or caregiver for each minor participating in a sporting activity at an outdoor sporting facility may watch the sporting activity and all spectators must maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other.

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BASKETBALL MANITOBA STATEMENT ON OUTDOOR SPECTATORS WHILE AT ORGANIZED BASKETBALL GAMES

Spectators at any outdoor sporting activity in Manitoba are not permitted at outdoor games or practices. However, the current public health orders include the exception that each child under the age of 18 who is participating may have up to one (1) parent/caregiver attend while maintaining a separation of at least two metres from all others.  Spectators at any outdoor adult (age 18+) organized basketball games is not permitted.  Spectators at any indoor practice is also not permitted under the total person capacity detailed in the current public health orders.    

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BASKETBALL MANITOBA STATEMENT ON OUTDOOR MASK USE WHILE AT ORGANIZED BASKETBALL GAMES

There is currently no provincial health order mandating mask usage while outside.  However, the recommendation in consulting with Sport Manitoba and Manitoba Public Health is Basketball Manitoba strongly encourages the wearing of masks outdoors by all non-active players (substitute players on the sidelines) along with all coaches, officials and court supervisors while socially distanced from others at all times.  Active players while playing on the court in an organized 3x3 basketball setting have the option to remove their masks and then put it back on when substituted out of the game.   

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BASKETBALL MANITOBA STATEMENT ON THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF 3x3 OUTDOOR BASKETBALL GAMES THAT CAN BE PLAYED ON A STANDARD SIZED COURT

To limit the total number of people on a standard sized basketball court, Basketball Manitoba is limiting the total number of 3x3 format games to be no more than two organized half court games being played at a given time.

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All other previously stated health regulations tied to hand and equipment sanitization, social distancing when not active and following any health attestation requirements remains in place.    

The above details only impacts outdoor organized basketball games.  Basketball games remain on pause at any indoor venue in Manitoba with additional details on any indoor regulations detailed HERE.  

We are grateful to be able to play sports in these challenging times, and share a responsibility to work together to make this season fun and safe for all.

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