Outdoor Gatherings, Group Training and Competitions Prohibited Starting Saturday

As per the Government of Ontario’s announcement today, Outdoor social gatherings and public events with people outside a person’s household will be prohibited, effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday. In addition, Ontario will step up enforcement powers for police and extend its stay-at-home order to a minimum of six weeks (in effect until at least May 20).

Starting Saturday, all outdoor recreational amenities such as golf courses, basketball courts, Soccer, Football and other sports fields and playgrounds, will be closed.

At this time, organized group training and/or competitions are not permitted. Competitions scheduled while the stay-at-home order is in effect will be rescheduled or cancelled. We will be working with meet-directors to update the events calendar accordingly.

Virtual activities are covered under Athletics Ontario’s insurance for those looking for an alternative training method.

Athletics Ontario will provide more updates after the provincial regulations are updated. The Ministry has not made any clarifications about how this will affect high performance athletes at this point, we anticipate there will also be more information to share next week.


APRIL 20 UPDATE:

After further clarification, it is our understanding that the training exemption is still in effect for high-performance athletes training to be a part of team Canada at the upcoming summer Olympics, as identified by Athletics Canada.

See https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200082 schedule 2, section 48 (2.1.i)


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