COVID-19 & Return to Play

Moving Forward, a five-step provincial re-opening plan for summer/fall 2021, represents a stepwise approach to easing travel and public health measures.

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The Chief Public Health office has provided guidelines to businesses, services or organizations operating organized recreational activities or team sports, both outdoors or indoors.

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Protocols – REMINDER

The sport community has done a great job in communicating and reminding their athletes, coaches, officials to follow the guidelines of the Chief Public Health Office.  Keep communicating to you members:

  • wash your hands often
  • stay home if unwell
  • wear a mask
  • physical distance from others

As organizers, also remember to screen your participants prior to their practice/game.  As well, ensure that contact tracing is done, maintained, and available if needed.

 

Gatherings – REMINDER

The Chief Public Health Office has asked that we reach out to all our members and their associations to re-emphasize the need for teams, team officials, and parents to be mindful of the gathering restrictions in place and to follow them.

Key Operational Guidelines

Develop an operational plan detailing methods to mitigate transmission of disease.

Take every reasonable step to ensure physical distancing (including employees and/or clients) of two metres (six feet) between each other.

Take every reasonable step required to prevent employees who are required to self-isolate from entering workplaces.

Develop and follow an exclusion policy that ensures symptomatic employees are immediately excluded from work activities.

Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.

Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible to all employees.

Take every reasonable step to include contact tracing in your activities.

Manage your risks/controls

  • 1 Stay home when sick
  • 2 Physical distancing
  • 3 Engineering controls – e.g., physical barriers when physical distancing is not possible
  • 4 Administrative controls – e.g., screening questionnaires before participation, waivers, declarations, contract tracing
  • 5 5. PPE – e.g., non-medical mask

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 (envhealth@ihis.org) 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.

Note: 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.

 

Responsibilities of Organizations

  • A business or organization organizing a gathering is responsible for ensuring public health measures identified in an operational plan are followed by everyone present at a gathering, including having staff on site to provide oversight of the gathering.
  • Before organizing an organized gathering, the business or organization is responsible for:
    • Developing an operational plan and communicating operational plan details to staff, volunteers, and attendees/participants.
  • During an organized gathering, the business or organization is responsible for:
    • Informing and communicating public health measures and requirements to everyone present at a gathering,
    • Monitoring adherence to measures while people are present at a gathering,
    • Responding to issues of non-compliance, reminding and informing people present at a gathering of the public health measures as necessary, and reporting violations of Public Health Orders to enforcement if required.
  • Many of the responsibilities for businesses or organizations related to Organized Gatherings are mandatory and are contained in a public health order, the COVID-19 Prevention and Self-Isolation Order.  If there is a violation of this public health order during an organized gathering, individuals and corporations involved with the violation may be liable on summary conviction in accordance with the Public Health Act [see sections 66 and 66.1].

Masks

Effective July 9th, it is no longer mandatory for non-medical masks to be worn in public, indoor spaces in PEI. Masking is still encouraged and PEI residents and visitors should consider their own health, vaccination status and the vaccination status of others around them, and their exposure to the public when deciding to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.

Masks are recommended in indoor public settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.

Wearing a mask in the community is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing. It is an additional measure to protect you and those around you, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Masks are optional for children aged 2 to 12

Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they're fully vaccinated especially in certain situations (e.g., if they are at risk of severe disease or outcomes, when they don't know the vaccine status of others, ability to maintain physical distancing)

Those who serve the public (e.g., restaurant servers, retail and grocery store staff, hair stylists and barbers) should continue to wear a mask, given they are not able to determine the vaccine status of their patrons and customers.

Service providers, organizations and businesses do not need to request proof of vaccine from patrons who are not wearing a mask. Businesses and organizations may choose to follow their own policies and guidelines that are more strict than the provincial guidance.

Tournaments

One day tournaments and similar events are permitted where the total number of people mixing does not exceed the organized gathering limit (e.g. 50 in phase 4; a small tennis tournament may be feasible.) This is to keep contact tracing manageable in the instance of a positive case. There could be the potential for a second group of 50 players up to a maximum of 100 people across gatherings provided the two groups do not mix (as per the multiple gathering guidance). Pre approval of the operational plan would be required  should the total number of people involved exceed 50.  Expect reviews of operational plans to take 5-10 business days. All of our other guidance still applies, e.g. physical distancing etc.

While not specifically mentioned in the guidance above, teams in the Atlantic provinces could come here.  At this time, anyone outside of the Atlantic bubble wouldn't be able to attend.

Spectator guidance has been updated/clarified:

The number of individuals permitted to gather include any participants, volunteers and spectators present at or near the gathering. Paid staff are excluded from the gathering limit, within reason.

The count of spectators does not apply to people in vehicles or individuals who are transporting players and sitting or standing outside their cars, provided they do not mix with others.

Vigorous vocalizations such as cheering, yelling, singing, whistling, etc. that are not essential to the activity should be minimized as much as possible when in close proximity to others. This includes spectators, volunteers, staff and participants. If this is anticipated to be unavoidable, the social distance required between individuals of different households should be increased to 3.5 m or 12 ft.

Available to Organizations are various documents to support your activities, please contact Sport PEI for details:

Waiver

Assumption of Risk

COVID-19 Declaration

Remote Training Waiver

Government Programs

As part of their COVID-19 economic response plan to provide assistance to businesses and employees during this difficult time, the Government of Canada has recently announced details about the Temporary Wage Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy programs.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides savings to employers by providing a subsidy equal to 75% of employee wages on the first $58,700/employee, up to a maximum of $847/week for a period of three months. The Temporary Wage Subsidy Program provides a 10% temporary wage subsidy for employers for a period of three months that employers will qualify for if they do not meet the criteria of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

The Province of PEI announced the Business Adaptation Advice Program as a non-repayable contribution toward the cost to hire a professional to provide advice and support to adapt to or recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

The attached information has been provided by Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis. The attached PDF files provide information on the current programs available (here) and how PSOs can register for CRA online services (here). There are several federal programs that require employers to be registered with CRA online. Additional information for federal and provincial programs can be found on the CFIB website at the follow links:

PEI COVID-19 Measures for your business

Federal government support for small businesses