IMPORTANT: The below information will be updated as additional details are received by Basketball Manitoba from Sport Manitoba and the Province of Manitoba.  

A NEW MEMO PROVIDING MORE INFORMATION ON SCENARIOS TIED TO TEST POSITIVITY AND CLOSE CONTACTS FROM SPORT MANITOBA WAS ADDED ON JANUARY 19, 2022 BELOW.

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In light of the news announced on Friday, January 7, 2022, and remaining in place until at least Tuesday, February 1, 2022, by the Province of Manitoba tied to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the current Public Health Orders are being extended as is as last announced in late December.  They include...

    • NO CHANGE: SPECTATORS: The number of spectators at an indoor or outdoor sporting or recreational facility must not exceed 50% to a maximum of 250 people, whichever is lesser, of the usual spectator capacity of the facility. Indoor or outdoor facilities also reserve the right to admit or not admit spectators at the moment.   (See below Public Health Orders for exact wording)
    • UPDATED DEFINITION: TOURNAMENTS: All basketball tournaments scheduled to operate within these new health order timelines are not to operate at any indoor sporting facility in Manitoba.  Basketball Manitoba defines a tournament as four or more basketball teams scheduled to compete over a short period of time using a bracket or round-robin style format of scheduling.  Some programs operate with a 3-team "mini-tournament" model (Example: team 1 plays team 2; team 1 plays team 3; team 2 sits; team 2 plays team 3 in an evening) as part of their regular season plans which would not fall under the definition of a traditional tournament.    Sport Manitoba has added a definition of a tournament in the below memo.  (See below Public Health Orders for exact wording) 
    • NO CHANGE: VACCINE REQUIREMENTS:  All people AGES 12 AND UP (players, coaches, officials, volunteers, spectators, staff, etc.)  must be able to provide proof of their full vaccination status along with other identification (see below for the acceptable forms of identification) to gain entry to any indoor sporting facility in Manitoba, including a basketball gymnasium.  
    • VIEW FULL DETAILS ON MANITOBA GOVERNMENT WEBSITE ALONG WITH FAQs
      • AGES 12-17: Those currently ages 12-17 can also produce documented proof that they have received one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 (SAMPLE), OR a time-stamped documented proof of a negative Antigen COVID-19 Test (SAMPLE) within the previous 72 hours that is confirmed by an authorized pharmacist or staff at a nursing station on a First Nation This information is to be presented upon entry to an indoor basketball facility.  
      • Personal health information from individuals of any age is not to be collected by member clubs, teams or leagues in advance.  
      • These changes will affect all levels of basketball in Manitoba including those at the club, community centre and school levels. More school details can be found on the MHSAA website.  (See below Public Health Orders for exact wording)
    • NO CHANGE: PARTICIPANT NUMBERS: Allowance with no maximum participant number restrictions for indoor basketball to gather for games, practices, training and camps. 
    • NO CHANGE: EQUIPMENT AND HAND SNAITIZATION:  All equipment including basketballs and hands are to be properly sanitized before and after all training sessions.  
      • Sanitizer Notes: 
        • A liquid form of hand sanitizer with 70%+ alcohol content in a spray bottle works well-cleaning basketballs and other equipment with a clean rag and on hands at the same time.  
        • The cleaner dries fast and leaves no residue or smell on the basketball or hands and shows no damaging effects to rubber or synthetic basketball.  
        • The liquid sanitizer and empty spray bottles can be purchased at home repair and department stores including Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Lowe's, Home Hardware, Walmart and many other locations including many online retailers.  
    • NO CHANGE: MOUTH GUARDS: Players who choose to wear a mouth guard during a basketball game or practice are to keep the appliance in their mouth at all times while active on the court. Players who remove or adjust the guard while on the court will be required to sanitize their hands again with hand sanitizer provided by the facility or a personal supply before continuing to play/practice. 
    • NO CHANGE: CLARIFIED PARTICIPANT DEFINITION CONNECTED TO MASKSIndoor sports facilities in Manitoba will be requiring the use of non-medical masks however the "participant" has the option to remove the mask while active on the court.  (see below definition).  Facilities do reserve the right to request that masks remain on at all times and that user groups should communicate with the facility manager to know what is required and are asked to follow that requirement.   Masks are to remain on for everyone (including spectators) while off the court including in the hallways, washrooms, change rooms and spectator areas of the facility.   
      • DEFINITIONBasketball Manitoba is defining a "participant" at a basketball game or practice in Manitoba as a registered Basketball Manitoba member (including directly and through a member league, organization or club) as a...
        • Player (both on the court or on the bench as a substitute)
        • Head Coach, Assistant Coach and/or Manager
        • Assigned Official 
    • NO CHANGE: POSTGAME HANDSHAKING: Basketball Manitoba is advising all member leagues, clubs and teams that the act of all game participants (players, coaches, officials) shaking hands/fist-bumping following a game will remain on pause.  Teams can do a cheer for the other team and a wave following a game to minimize unnecessary contact.  This move was added very early in the pandemic prior to the mass shutdowns of mid-March 2020 and now with games returning, it will remain in place until further notice.  
    • NO CHANGE: SOCIAL DISTANCING: Social distancing (2m) is to be maintained at all times between players, coaches and officials when not active on the court and are expected to follow all other restrictions imposed by a facility when using change rooms/washrooms.  
    • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The wording of current Public Health Orders affecting sports in Manitoba are included below.  The full Basketball Manitoba Return to Play Guidelines with the above exceptions remain in place can be found HERE.  


View Document: Return to Basketball Plan: Planning for a Safe Return - Version 14



ADDED DEC 3: PROOF OF VACCINATION STATUS AGES AND IDENTIFICATION SUMMARY

Age Group
List of Acceptable Proof
of Vaccination
Accepted Valid ID
0 - 11
N/A
N/A
12 - 17
One of the following:

  • Manitoba Immunization Card (either card or electronic)
  • Proof of single vaccination (print out or screenshot)
  • Pharmacy confirmed negative COVID test result within 72 hours of entering the facility for activity or event.
  • Driver's License
  • Birth Certificate
  • SIN #
  • Passport
  • Health Card
  • Student ID Card
18+
One of the following:

  • Manitoba Immunization Card (either card or electronic)
  • National Defense Canada COVID-19 Vaccine Record / Card
  • Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Travel Vaccination Record
  • Canadian province/territory issued an official document containing information of COVID-19 vaccination history.
  • Driver's License
  • Birth Certificate
  • SIN #
  • Passport
  • Health Card
Ticketed Events

  • All spectators age 12 and over must provide valid proof of full vaccination and a corresponding valid ID. 
  • Spectators age 11 and under do not require proof of vaccination at this time but must be accompanied by a caregiver who is fully vaccinated.

FAQ for information on immunization cards can be found here:

FAQ for immunization screening, including information on acceptable immunization documents for visitors from other provinces, can be found here: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunizationrecord/businesses.html

Exceptions for immunization screening:

  • Authenticated proof of exemption from the Province of Manitoba

The new Manitoba Public Health Orders that were formally released on December 20, 2021, and take effect on December 21, 2021, tied to sports specifically state... 


ORDER 13 - OUTDOOR SPORTS

13 Outdoor sporting and recreational facilities must not open unless the operator of the facility ensures that 

  • (a) the number of spectators at the facility does not exceed 50% of the usual spectator capacity of the facility or 250 persons, whichever is lesser; and 
  • (b) no tournaments are held at the facility

ORDER 14 - INDOOR SPORTS

14(1) Except for ticketed sporting events under Order 16, indoor sporting and recreational facilities, including dance schools and martial arts studios, must not operate unless the operator 

  • (a) ensures that the number of spectators at the facility does not exceed 50% of the usual spectator capacity of the facility or 250 persons, whichever is lesser; 
  • (b) restricts admission of members of the public to the facility to the following: 
    • (i) persons who produce proof of vaccination, 
    • (ii) persons who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for the person not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, 
    • (iii) persons under 12 years of age, 
    • (iv) persons who are at least 12 years of age but who have not yet reached 18 years of age and who produce 
      • (A) proof that they have received one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, or 
      • (B) proof of a negative rapid COVID-19 test result within the previous 72 hours that is confirmed by a pharmacist or by staff at a nursing station on a First Nation; and
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  • (c) ensures that no tournaments are held at the facility. 

14(2) For certainty, clause (1)(b) applies to spectators who are watching sporting or recreational activities at the facility.

14(3) Subsection (1) applies when gymnasiums and other indoor sporting facilities at a public or independent school are used for sporting activities that are not part of the school curriculum.

14(4) Subsection (1) does not apply when premises at an indoor sporting or recreational facility are used by a public or independent school for a compulsory or required course or an elective course that does not involve physical activity.

ORDER 29 - MASKS

28(1) A person who enters or remains in an indoor public place must wear a mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gapping.

28(2) The operator of an indoor public place must ensure that every person who is not wearing a mask while in the indoor public place is given a reminder to do so as soon as practicable.

28(3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply in respect of the following:
  • (a) a child who is under five years of age;
  • (b) a person with a medical condition that is unrelated to COVID-19, including breathing or cognitive difficulties or a disability, that prevents them from safely wearing a mask;
  • (c) a person who is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • (d) a person who is swimming or engaged in other athletic activities, including referees and other game officials;
  • (e) a musician or other performer at licensed premises or at a performing arts venue or an announcer or broadcaster at a sporting event;

The sport of basketball in Manitoba will remain in this state until the new health orders are updated or changed by Manitoba Public Health.  





NEW: SPORT MANITOBA MEMO - JANUARY 19, 2020

Some Sport Partners have asked about Public Health order protocols in relation to contact tracinghigh-risk settings, and self-isolation and we felt the information would be beneficial to share with all of you.

First, some definitions:

The period of communicability is when you are most likely to spread COVID-19 to others. For those who are symptomatic, the period of communicability is from two days prior to the onset of symptoms through to 10 days from the start of your symptoms. For those who test positive and have no symptoms (asymptomatic), the period of communicability extends from two days before your lab test to 10 days after you had the test.

Close contacts are people who you have shared space with during your period of communicability. Specifically, these are people you were within two metres/six feet for a total of 10 minutes over a 24-hour period.

In most situations, public health officials will no longer be notifying close contacts. Confirmed COVID-19 cases will be asked to notify their own contacts.

Below is a flow chart on what to do in each scenario in regards to isolation. You can also view the high-res PDF here.


Also to note is that the 5 days of isolation for positive cases is from symptom onset or test date, whichever is later and for fully vaccinated individuals only.

A reminder that the current public health orders are extended until Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and more info can be found at manitoba.ca/covid19. More info on isolation can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

Our website has a designated COVID-19 blog dedicated to the most up-to-date guidelines for sport, you can refer to at any time: sportmanitoba.ca/covid-19/    

Thank you for your patience as we awaited this clarification.


Janet McMahon | President & CEO
Sport Manitoba


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SPORT MANITOBA MEMO - JANUARY 7, 2022

As you know, the current public health orders state that no tournaments are allowed. Today, we received clarification on what a tournament is, according to public health:  

Tournaments are defined as a single or multi-day gathering of three or more sport teams, who come together outside regular league play, but does not include; a gathering where team members compete on an individual basis against members of other teams.

The primary objective of the health orders and guidance from public health is to reduce the number and length of contact between people in indoor spaces. 

This includes the existing capacity restriction for indoor and outdoor events to 50% capacity or 250 people, whichever is lesser.  This capacity only applies to spectators.

The current public health orders are extended orders until Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and more info can be found at manitoba.ca/covid19

Our website has a designated COVID-19 blog dedicated to the most up-to-date guidelines for sport, you can refer to at any time: sportmanitoba.ca/covid-19/    

Thank you for your patience as we awaited this clarification.

Janet McMahon | President & CEO
Sport Manitoba

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SPORT MANITOBA MEMO - DECEMBER 21, 2021

The following changes to public health orders are currently in effect and expire on Jan. 11, 2022. All updated guidelines for sport and the Sport Manitoba facility are available on our website: www.sportmanitoba.ca/covid-19/ 

Indoor and Outdoor Sport

  • Spectator capacity is reduced to 50 per cent. 
  • While games and practices can continue, no tournaments will be permitted. 

We are working with public health to determine which events are considered tournaments, and we will provide clarification if/once we receive it. Please contact us if you need guidance on what is considered a tournament.

Indoor sport continues to be restricted to:

  • persons who produce proof of vaccination,
  • persons who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for the person not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19,
  • persons under 12 years of age, 
  • persons who are at least 12 years of age but who have not yet reached 18 years of age and who produce
    • proof that they have received one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, or
    • proof of a negative rapid COVID-19 test result within the previous 72 hours that is confirmed by a pharmacist or by staff at a nursing station on a First Nation

In an effort to limit the number of close contacts, we are following public health’s guidelines and encouraging you to share with your members that there should be no group activities outside of practice time or games, participants should come ready to play and limit group time indoors (e.g. in dressing rooms). 

Sport Manitoba Facility Update

Under these new orders and out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling Game Day that was scheduled in our facility for January 8. If you have any event-related questions, please contact amanda.wilks@sportmanitoba.ca 

We appreciate your patience as we await further clarifications. Thank you for your cooperation,

Janet McMahon | President & CEO
Sport Manitoba


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NOTE: If there is a discrepancy between any Basketball Manitoba statement to the actual Manitoba Public Health Orders, the public health orders will always take precedence. 

Basketball Manitoba will continue to monitor the current public health orders and make any updates or revisions as needed.  This article will be updated as further information on these impacts is known.  

More details on these changes can be found on the Province of Manitoba website.

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