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.

As we come to the end of season for some sports, there may be situations whereby your sport and/or teams are considering booking accommodations at a location of a game or tournament or year-end activities.  It is still imperative that you follow CPHO guidance. We ask that you make every effort to avoid large group bookings.  Where not possible, or where teams have already booked at hotels together, team officials and parents must ensure that personal gatherings outside of a game venue follow the personal gathering limits of household and 10 consistent individuals. Any organized gatherings are required to follow the organized gathering guidance and an operational plan is required.


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 ( 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.

Covid-19 Return to Play Plans


Effective November 20, 2020, non-medical masks or face coverings will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Prince Edward Island.

Masks will be mandatory in locations, including but not limited to:

Stores and retail businesses;

Personal services and salons;

Restaurants (except when eating or drinking);

Arts, sports and recreation facilities (except during exercise or when masks cannot be worn);

Places of worship;

Government buildings where public services are provided;

Taxis and public transit; and

Workplaces that are open to the public.


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:


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