COVID-19 & Return to Play
Information for sport organizations
Beginning March 4th at 12:01 am, PEI is now at Circuit Breaker Measures until 8:00 am on March 14, 2021. Organized sport or recreational activity is permitted during this time. However, games, competitions or tournaments are not permitted.
What does "no games and competitions" mean?
The intention of these circuit breaker measures is to support physical activity and recreation while also putting into place additional measures to limit interactions. As such, no games or competitions means not bringing together people who are not regularly interacting with one another (e.g. week to week).
The following is permitted:
- regular practices including members of a team scrimmaging among one another,
- regular partners or doubles getting together to practice such as squash, badminton, tennis, pickleball, darts
The following activities are not permitted:
- league play
All other circuit breaker measures must be followed as well as remaining applicable sections of the organized recreation and team sport guidance. Operational plans are required and need to be followed. If your specific scenario isn't addressed above, consider what the most similar scenario is and err on the side of caution during this time-limited period.
Please continue to follow all CPHO guidelines regarding gathering sizes, physical distancing, masks, sanitizing, contact tracing and doing wellness checks.
For details, visit Circuit Breaker Measures.
COVID-19, general sport and recreation guidelines, can be found here.
Key Operational Guidelines
Manage your risks/controls
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
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:
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:
Available to Organizations are various documents to support your activities, please contact Sport PEI for details:
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: