HCBC Return to Sport Guidelines

November 20th 2020 Update

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.

Horse Council BC Update – November 20, 2020 

Regarding new Provincial Health Orders issued November 19, 2020

Please note this is in addition to current Return to Sport Guidelines outlining COVID 19 protocol. Any changes or further details will be posted as received by the Provincial Health Authority.

The order is in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to December 7, 2020 at midnight and includes information about sport activities.

View the full update here.

November 7th 2020 update from ViaSport BC

New Provincial Health Officer Order affecting the Lower Mainland

November 7, 2020, a new Provincial Health Officer Order was put in place for all individuals, places of work and businesses across the Lower Mainland. This includes all communities within the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions, with the exception of Hope, the Central Coast, Bella Coola Valley, the Sunshine Coast, Powell River and Howe Sound. This Order will be in effect for two weeks, from November 7 at 10 p.m. until Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. and focuses on four areas: social gatherings, travel, group physical activities, and workplace safety.

View the full update: https://www.viasport.ca/news/lower-mainland-and-fraser-valley-restrictions?fbclid=IwAR1vn-iTUJ3uNiO6D5I3vTBSbw8MlA67mKOCWNsBkg7nsT7Xyfcwa6bXtsY

HCBC Return to Sport Guidelines

This document has been prepared by Horse Council BC. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to our members for a safe return to activities with strategies for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and helping us all get back to what we love to do, riding/driving/vaulting with our horses!

During this pandemic, public health measures are constantly being re-evaluated and thus the information contained in this plan may be updated, revised, or withdrawn in light of any new information released by government health authorities.

A Safe Return to Equestrian Sport & Recreation

A Safe Return to Equestrian Sport & Recreation Plain Text Version

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.