Sport Manitoba: COVID-19 Update: New Public Health Orders Effective March 5

COVID-19 Update: New Public Health Orders Effective March 5
Thursday, March 4, 2021This week, the Province of Manitoba announced that as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 5, the following changes to public health orders will be in place and will expire on March 25:indoor recreation and sporting facilities such as gyms, fitness centres, rinks, courts, fields, ranges, studios, clubs, pools and centres to open at 25 per cent total capacity, with public health measures in place including for spectators, common areas and locker rooms. The requirement to provide one-on-one instructions has been removed;
 gym, fitness centre and pool users must continue to wear a mask while working out and in all other areas of the facility, with the exception of while in a swimming pool;
 day camps for children to operate at 25 per cent capacity with other public health measures in place;Click here to view the press release with full details from the announcement. 

The current orders have been updated and made available online here (PDF). Those pertaining to sporting activities include:

ORDER 1313(1) Outdoor sporting facilities may open, subject to the requirements of this section.
 13(2) Persons must not engage in outdoor sporting activities as part of a group of more than 10 persons, unless all persons in the group reside in the same private residence or they are participating in an organized practice, game or competition at an outdoor sporting facility.
 13(3) Organized practices, games and competitions at outdoor sporting facilities may take place, but the operator of a facility must ensure that no multi-team tournaments are permitted at the facility.
 13(4) Warming shacks, washrooms and other indoor facilities associated with outdoor sporting activities may open if the operator of those facilitiesimplements measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public at the indoor facilities;limits occupancy to all indoor facilities other than dressing rooms to 25% of the usual capacity; andlimits the number of persons in dressing rooms to 50% of the usual capacity or to a number that ensures that all persons in the dressing room are able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other persons, whichever is lesser.
 13(5) Ice fishing shacks may open if all persons using the shack reside in the same private residence or have been authorized to attend that residence under Order 1.ORDER 1414(1) Indoor sporting facilities, including swimming pools, may open if the operator of the facility complies with all requirements of this Order.
 14(2) Individual play, group and individual instruction, and team practices may take place at an indoor sporting facility but no organized team games or tournaments may be held at the facility, except as authorized under Order 16.

Sport Manitoba note: we want to reinforce that no organized team competition or tournaments are allowed at this time. 
 14(3) The operator of an indoor sporting facility must ensure that any group of persons participating in a sporting activity at the facility, excluding coaches or instructors, does not exceed 10 persons;take reasonable measures to ensure that there is no interaction between different groups of participants who are engaging in a sporting activity at the facility at the same time; andlimit the number of persons in dressing rooms to 50% of the usual capacity or to a number that ensures that all persons in the dressing room are able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other persons, whichever is lesser.

Sport Manitoba note: we want to clarify that you can have multiple groups of 10 participating in a sporting activity at once, as long as you do not exceed facility capacity limits and do not intersect with other groups
 14(4) The operator of an indoor sporting facility mustimplement measures to ensure that members of the public at the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public at the facility, excluding participants engaged in a sporting activity; andlimit occupancy to all portions of the facility other than dressing rooms and the areas where sporting activities are conducted to 25% of the usual capacity.

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