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Club Events and Provincial Guidelines on Gatherings During Covid-19 Recovery Plans

CKC is closely monitoring updates as the situation continues to develop. For example, CKC has recently completed a survey of clubs and judges to gauge interest in returning to the sport during the Covid-19 recovery period. The results of the survey will follow shortly. CKC, with its dedicated committees and councils, is preparing to adjust policies to accommodate events in compliance with the evolving government directives.  Finally, CKC is learning from international jurisdictions that may be ahead of the curve or not guided by similar government directives.
 
As our country works to gradually reduce restrictions, region by region, under enhanced protocols, we remind clubs that the decision to cancel, postpone or hold an event (where permitted) is at the sole discretion of the event-giving club. This decision should be made in accordance with regional and provincial government/public health guidelines, and travel restrictions—in addition to the health and safety of volunteers, staff and event participants.

Throughout May, we saw guidelines for social gatherings range from a maximum number of persons allowed to gather between five (Ontario and British Columbia - up to six) and ten people (Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Quebec, PEI, Newfoundland and Northwest Territories). Exceptions include:
  • Northwest Territories (outdoor events have a max of 25 people);
  • New Brunswick can have a household bubble of close friends and family (all NB zones except zone 5);
  • Alberta allows up to 15 people in one indoor location and up to 50 people in one outdoor location; and
  • Manitoba increased indoor gatherings to 25 people and outdoor gatherings are allowed up to 50 people.
All gatherings must follow public health guidelines for the venue where they are being held.

Beginning in early to mid-June, provinces will be moving to the next stage of recovery, pending a risk assessment and evaluation of the current phase, so clubs should to be aware of the evolving situation, to help them inform decisions about holding events.

Please review the following links for recovery guidelines in your province:

Ontario
  • State of emergency extended until June 30. Current guidelines remain in place.
British Columbia
  • June – September - Phase 3: if transmission rates remain low or in decline, people can begin travelling throughout B.C. Hotels and resorts allowed to open under enhanced protocols.
Alberta
  • Stage 2 to be determined: further reopening of businesses with continued protections in place. Relaxing some public gathering restrictions.
Quebec
  • No change to gatherings; new openings of public outdoor venues in public areas.
Saskatchewan
  • June 8 - Phase 3 target date: includes increasing indoor public and private gatherings to 15 people and outdoor gatherings to 30 people.
Manitoba
  • June 1 - Phase 2: to include expanding public gatherings.
New Brunswick
  • June 5: New Brunswick zones, except Zone 5, will allow outdoor gatherings of 50 people or fewer with physical distancing. Indoor recreational facilities will be allowed to open.
PEI
  • June 1: re-introduce gatherings of no more than 15 people indoor, and 20 people outdoors. Re-introduce organized recreational activities, recreational facilities, services, and public spaces while following physical distancing guidance.
Nova Scotia
  • Current guidelines remain unchanged.
Newfoundland and Labrador
  • June 8: Moving to Alert 3. Medium-risk outdoor recreational activities can resume (e.g., team field sports). Spectators must maintain physical distancing. Animal grooming facilities can resume operations.
Northwest Territories
  • Mid-to-late June: outdoor get-togethers of 50 or less allowed. Organized outdoor activities may occur. Maximum capacity in these spaces grows to 50 or less in line with relaxed limits on outdoor gatherings. Public events with 50 or less people.   
 
Please watch for further updates as the situation continues to evolve.
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