Over the past two weeks, Gymnastics BC staff have been working hard to advocate on behalf of our members. Over the past week and a half, staff have met with viaSport representatives and privately lobbied the government, both individually on behalf of GBC, and in conjunction with other PSO’s.
The Provincial Health Officer recently issued an Order on Gatherings and Events. As a result of this Order, youth sports (including gymnastics) are permitted to resume activities, provided that specific requirements are followed.
Some of the revised requirements which clubs must adhere to are in the areas of:
- Social interaction elimination
- Increased physical distancing (now 3 metres)
- Mandatory mask use for specific individuals
- Travel restrictions (except for when members access their own club)
- Suspension of all group adult programming
- Special considerations for adults helping with active start and adaptive programs
GBC’s Return to Sport Plan has been updated with revised guidelines, and all clubs must closely review the revised plan. Clubs must then revise their own COVID-19 Club Safety Plans and have them approved by their board or other appropriate personnel.
Once a club has an approved COVID-19 Club Safety Plan, it can then move forward to reopen operations.
Please note: GBC has been advised that updated guidelines are expected in the coming weeks, specific to sport and physical activity from the PHO and viaSport, which may impact clubs.
It is important to note that while GBC member clubs may now resume operations, a number of other sports remain severely impacted by existing restrictions. It is crucial that all member clubs proceed with caution and ensure complete adherence to the revised Return to Sport Plan, in order to ensure the safety of all participants and uphold continued trust of our sport operations.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments you may have regarding the new restrictions.