The Government of PEI has developed a guideline that applies to businesses, organizations, services and other persons operating organized recreational activities or team sports, both indoors and outdoors. Each organization has the responsibility to reasonably modify their activity in order to follow the key operational guidelines listed above.
Activities that include close or sustained contact, loud cheering/yelling/singing/talking, or involve a large number of participants are at a higher risk of Covid-19 transmission. Vulnerability of participants to more severe Covid-19 illness should be considered. Organizations should consult national and provincial bodies where applicable. The Government of PEI page “New Normal: Organized Recreational Activities and Team Sport Guidance” have several examples of modified activities. E.g. A combat sport, performance dance group or figure skating organization that involves close, sustained contact operating with small, consistent numbers of individuals (e.g. pairs or small groups)
Organized sport and recreation activities that are contemplating having more than one gathering at a time at a facility must follow the guidance on "multiple gatherings ". Per PEI's New Normal guidelines, each gathering must follow indoor and outdoor gathering guidance of no more than 15 people indoors and 20 people outdoors per gathering. Indoor gatherings must be separated into different rooms, or in very large indoor spaces, into clearly defined zones. Outdoor gatherings must be separated into clearly defined , marked zones.
All facilities/organizations are required to develop an operational plan (which could look different than the Return to Play documents) , however you do not need to submit the operational plan to the Chief Public Health Office before reopening, except in the following situations:
Facilities/ programs that are hosting multiple gatherings must submit an operational plan to the Chief Pubic Health Office (email@example.com) including how they will ensure that the multiple gathering guidelines are being followed. Facilities and programs must receive pre-approval of their operational plan to have multiple gatherings involving more than 50 individuals across all gatherings.
Please include in the subject line of your email if it is a multiple gatherings situation and if the total number of participants across gatherings is greater than 50.
Gathering numbers include participants, spectators, instructors, coaches, staff and volunteers. Parents, guardians, and caretakers of young children and or athletes with disabilities are also included in the gathering number. For example, an outdoor gathering that includes 12 athletes, 2 coaches, and 5 parents assisting young athletes would amount to a gathering of 19 and would be permitted.