COVID-19 and Return to Sport

Visit this page to see all of our updates on COVID-19 its impact on our programming. 

As of March 18, 2021, per the most recent Public Health Order on Events and Gatherings BCWSA remains in Level 2 our Return to Sport plan for all three of our sports. You can find sport specific guidelines in the menu on the left-hand side of this page. 

The health and well-being of our community is at the core of all of our decision-making. You can read our latest update below and view the full guidelines for each of our sports by clicking the links in the menu on the left-hand side of the page. 

*The Government of BC has created a ministerial order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability. The ministerial order can be viewed here - http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/mo/mo/2020_m183

The ministerial order protects amateur sport organizations and their representatives from damages resulting, directly or indirectly, from COVID-19 for amateur sports. For example, a sport organization or its representatives will not be liable for a participant in their sports program being exposed to COVID-19 as a result of participation. It is important for sport organizations to understand that the protection will only be in place so long as the organizations follow all applicable guidance including viaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines, BC Public Health Orders and Guidelines on how to prevent the spread of the virus AND all Return to Sport Guidelines distributed their Provincial Sport Organization (in this case BCWSA). LSO’s, Clubs or Programs who do not adhere to all of the above guidelines exactly will not be protected from liability.

The order and protections will be in place so long as BC is in a Provincial State of Emergency. BCWSA will communicate any changes or updates to the order as they become available.  

 Latest Update- March 18

 

BC Wheelchair Sports Return to Sport Update – March 18, 2021

BC Wheelchair Sports continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation in BC and follow all public health orders.  

BC Wheelchair Sports remains at Level 2 of our Return to Sport Plan with additional restrictions for adult sport. However, this week there was a change to the PHO Order on Events and Gatherings that affects adult outdoor sport. Effective immediately, group sport activities like training and drills are permitted for adults 22 and older, provided they meet the following conditions:

1) If the group sport is indoors, only two persons participate (no change);
2) If the group sport is outdoors, only ten persons participate (increased from four people);
3) The participants maintain a distance of three metres from one another while engaged in the group sport, unless the participants reside in the same private residence (no change);
4) There are no spectators, unless the presence of a spectator is necessary in order to provide care to a participant (no change).

Please note, for all ages, sport participants – whether indoor or outdoor – must maintain a distance of 3 metres from one another unless everyone lives in the same private residence.

BCWSA encourages all of our community to read and follow all public health orders around social interactions, gatherings, group physical activities and travel.

We’re continuing to seek monitor releases from viaSport and the province on the health orders and their impact on sport. BCWSA will continue to provide updates as they become available.  Updates will be published on our website, across our social media channels and in our newsletter. 

Please note, that BC Public Health Orders supersede any BC Wheelchair Sports Return to Sport policies.

We are hopeful with this new update than further allowances for sport will be coming and then we may return to more activities as we move into spring. We thank you all for your continued patience.

 

Past Updates

March 18
February 10
January 13
December 3
November 25
November 13
November 9

August 25
July 24
June 26
May 12
April 30
March 30
March 13

 

Webinars

BCWSA Programming staff will be hosting online Q + A sessions about the Return to Sport process for athletes, coaches, and clubs for each of our sports.  To register, please email the staff member assigned to your sport. 

Sport Date Time Contact/Registeration
Wheelchair Tennis Thursday, June 4 10:30 (Coaches) & 4pm (Athletes) Michelle McDonell
[email protected]
Wheelchair Rugby Thursday, June 11 1pm Nathan Bragg
[email protected]

 
Wheelchair Athletics  Thursday, June 11 3pm Ana Karanovic
[email protected]

Town Halls

BC Wheelchair Sports will be hosting Virtual Town Halls for our community members and clubs to learn and ask questions about our recently released Return to Sport Guidelines for Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics.

Sport Date Time Contact/Register
Wheelchair Tennis Tuesday, June 30 2pm Michelle McDonell [email protected]
Wheelchair Athletics Tuesday, June 30 3:30pm Ana Karanovic
[email protected]