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Return to Sport Update

June 22, 2020

The Province of Nova Scotia now allows groups of up to 50 people to gather while social distancing, and groups of 10 will be allowed to gather without social distancing. This means that sport organizations can now run programs with 50 people who are socially distant, or divide into smaller groups of 10 without distancing. Contact will be allowed within groups of 10. 

It is encouraged that groups of 10 (total participants) remain consistent as much as possible. It is up to the organization in how to interpret this and implement it with the membership’s health and well-being in mind.  It is also encouraged that coaches stay with their designated training group for the duration of a session. It is ultimately up to the organization how the interpret this information, and implement it with the health and well-being of their membership in mind. As best practice, we recommend that groups of ten who are not social distancing stay together as much as possible.

All provincial sport organization return to activity plans must adhere to the Nova Scotia Sport Guidelines. The provincial sport organizations who have already had their return to activity plans reviewed can be found here. Provincial sport organizations can apply these new guidelines to their plans, but they are not required to re-submit new plans for review. However, if provincial sport organizations would like to re-submit, they are welcome to do so.

We strongly recommend that each provincial sport organization prepare a plan to practice due diligence to ensure a safe return for all participants. We are working with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to see that submitted plans are reviewed and relevant feedback is provided in a timely manner. A brief outline of the review process can be found here.

The COVID-19 Return to Recreation (Program and Facility) Guidelines can be found here. If you are looking for more information about recreation programs and facilities, please go to the Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia website.

Thank you to all of our sport organization members for the hard work you’ve done to ensure a safe return for all participants!



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