For an FAQ on Return to Sport in the province click here: https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/FAQ_Restart_09-30.pdf
• viaSport Frequently Asked Questions
• B.C.’s Restart Plan
• Proof of Vaccination Program information
• Travel Guidance for B.C.
• Communicable Disease Prevention Guidance
• Mask Guidance
• COVID-19 (Limits on Actions and Proceedings) Regulation
• Government of BC COVID-19 Restrictions Information
viaSport BC Provincial Health Order Update August 25 2021
PHO order on masks in public indoor settings – abridged
Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).
- On public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle
- Areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided
- Common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity
- Common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organization
- Community centres
- Recreation centres
There are exemptions for:
- People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
- People who cannot remove a mask on their own
- Children under the age of 12
- People who need to remove their masks to communicate due to another person’s hearing impairment
A face shield is not a substitute for a mask as it has an opening below the mouth.
Adult and youth outdoor and indoor group and team sports
All outdoor and indoor group sports for adults and youth are allowed. This includes:
Outdoor sport activities can have 5,000 spectators or 50% seated capacity, whichever is greater. For example, if the venue has a normal seated capacity of 30,000 people, 15,000 spectators can attend.
Indoor sport activities can have 50 spectators or 50% seated capacity, whichever is greater. For example, if the venue has a normal seated capacity of 500 people, 250 spectators can attend.
Travel for sport
Travel for sport is allowed.
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
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
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
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.