With the recent announcement allowing many regions in Ontario to move into Stage 3 of the Re-opening Plan for Ontario, Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario would like to advise all affiliated clubs in Ontario on some changes to the Provincial Sport Organization’s (PSO’s) return to sport guidelines.
The changes outlined in A Framework for Reopening the Province – Stage 3 have been made public in O.Reg 364/20, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and will take effect on July 17, 2020 for many regions in Ontario. Please note that all club operators must independently identify the regional healthy authority in which they are located to determine whether they are remaining in Stage 2 or moving into Stage 3. All cities have different by-laws that may require different compliance. Club operators must pay attention to the requirements in their jurisdiction and follow the by-laws in their city.
In addition, facilities under Stage 3 jurisdiction may open if they comply with the following conditions (O.Reg 364/20, Schedule 2, Section 8):
With the advancement into Stage 3 of the Re-opening Plan for Ontario, we continue to advise the following in addition to previous guidelines:
The amendment to the Emergency Order outlines specific regulations that must be followed by every person, facility and organization that chooses to return to sport before their club resumes. Badminton Ontario also requires that all Club and Facility operators are required to put in place health and safety protocols that comply with the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s recommendations. We encourage you to work with your local public health offices to develop these protocols. These plans and protocols should be submitted to Badminton Ontario for review at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ultimately, it is up to each club to determine whether they can reopen under the required conditions as set out by the Emergency Order. As Ontario gradually reopens, it is more important than ever to follow public health advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario also reminds all member clubs and registered individuals, that all activities must adhere to the Quarantine Act (Canada), Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (Ontario), as well as any municipal bylaws and facility rules in place related to COVID-19 physical distancing and public or private gatherings. Failure to abide by these federal, provincial, or municipal requirements may result in legal prosecution by government as well as denial of insurance coverage by Badminton Ontario and possible Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario disciplinary measures.
Ontario is committed to ensuring our athletes play safe when it is safe to play.
Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario will continue to provide updates as part of our commitment to a safe return to play and training for all.
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