HCBC Return to Sport Guidelines


Office Operations:

Following the most recent information provided by the Province of British Columbia regarding the COVID-19 pandemic the HCBC Office remains open for mail and in person services, we do ask that all those entering the office wear a mask, sanitize your hands upon entry and maintain appropriate social distance. When possible, please phone ahead or order online bookstore orders so they can be prepared before your arrival. Some staff will be working from home and can be reached by phone or email, staff extensions and emails can be fund here: https://www.hcbc.ca/index.php/about/our-staff/. We appreciate your continued support at this time.

viaSport BC Update – April 30, 2021 

On April 21, the Province of B.C. announced new restrictions for travel between communities. As a reminder, all sport activities must follow the directives of the Order of the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and the PHO Order on Gatherings and Events. For details on how this affects sport activities, please read our travel message here

Horse Council BC Update – April 14, 2021 

Notice to Horse Show Organizers

Horse Council BC Update – April 13, 2021

viaSport has provided the following update on April 12, 2021 regarding clarification on the current Provincial Health Order.

  • Can adults train indoors?
    • Adults 22 and older need to continue to follow the group sport restrictions: two people indoors and up to 10 people outdoors.
  • What does non-essential travel mean for sport?
    • This is not a new update. Under the current restrictions, individuals can only travel to their home club, which also goes for coaches. Read more here.
  • Does this change affect the CSI-P High Performance exemption?
    • No. The section on Exercise in the Gathering and Events Order has been updated; however, the high performance section in the Order remains unchanged.
  • Does this affect the varsity sport exemption?
    • No. The section on Exercise in the Gathering and Events Order has been affected; however, the varsity section in the Order has not been affected by the new restrictions.
  • No competitions should be held at this time

Click here for the current Provincial Health Order regarding events.

Click here for more information regarding travel restrictions for sport.

Following the directives in the current Gathering and Events Order is not optional. Sport organizations that are in breach in of this policy may be subject to enforcement measures such as fines or loss of business licenses. These policies are in play in order to maintain the health and safety of our communities.”

Horse Council BC Update – March 17, 2021

There was a change to the PHO Order on Gatherings and Events this week 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).

All other restrictions on indoor activities remain in place and there are no changes for youth sport to report today. This change for adult sport aligns with the loosening of restrictions announced on Friday allowing 10 people to gather outdoors while maintaining our other layers of protection while indoors.

Updates will be made available at the HCBC Return to Sport Webpage as they become available

Transmission in sport:

Safer Sport, Fitness, & Recreation Advisory Committee (SSFRAC) and viaSport has indicated that COVID transmission has been taking place in sport and are continuing to track this data. They will continue to monitor and collect this data in order to provide guidance to the PHO around what’s next for sport. Reminder to please use this form to report any exposures in sport so that the SSFRACcan be prepared to respond with the committee.

viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines

The purpose of this document is to support amateur sport organizations to develop their own explicit plans to guide the cautious, step-by-step safe return of their sport in B.C. during this pandemic. The RTS Guidelines provide general information on a number of topics, and includes links to additional information and resources that can support decision-making and communication with boards, clubs, members, and other sport partners.

Click here for more information and to view the guidelines

Resource Links

BC’s Restart Plan

viaSport Return to Play Guidelines

viaSport Return to Sport Resources and Tools

BC Provincial Health Officer Orders

BC Centre for Disease Control Covid19 Resources

AgSafe Covid19 Resources

Federal Ministry of Health Current COVID-19 Updates

Worksafe BC Covid19 Return to Safe Operation

WorkSafeBC website

HCBC Covid19 Resource Page

Equestrian Canada Resources

Return to Business Operations Framework

Return to Competition Guidelines for the Sport Horse Following a Break in Training Due to COVID-19

Equestrian Canada Covid-19 Resource Page

Waiver Templates

Draft – COVID19 Attestation

Draft – COVID19 Event Participation Waiver

Draft – COVID19 Facility Waiver


Each facility, business, club is unique and will need to careful consider their own circumstances. It is important to note that although Horse Council BC is providing these tools and resources to the sector we are NOT an authority on Covid-19 disease spread.  We are not offering this document as a substitute for legal or insurance advice.  There are potential health, liability and insurance exposures you should consider carefully before resuming activities at your facility or club.  We recommend you seek professional advice to ensure you mitigate your exposure and understand your risks.  Anyone using the HCBC Return to Equestrian Sport Guidelines does so at their own risk. Horse Council BC shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any kind arising directly or indirectly from the use of the guidelines including, without limitation, reliance on the completeness or accuracy of the information provided.

The sport specific guidelines provided by Horse Council BC are meant to supplement the requirements and recommendations from BC Health Authorities and the viaSPORT guidelines and should not be used a standalone document.

Information is changing quickly, as we move forward it will be important to keep updated on the BC Provincial Health Officer Orders.