COVID-19 & Gymnastics in bc

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire sports industry. Together, we will navigate these unprecedented times and continue prioritizing the health and safety of our members and community.

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COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS BY REGION

DECEMBER 1, 2021

 

Region
Vaccine Card/COVID-19 Requirements
Additional Notes and Links

BC – Province Wide

  • Vaccine Cards are required by adult participants (22+) to participate in sport activities. Two doses are required.
  • Vaccine Cards are required by spectators (12+) to observe sport activities. Two doses are required.
  • Vaccine Cards are required by all individuals leading, supporting or assisting a sport activity, but who are not working as an employee. Two doses are required.
      • This means that all parents/guardians in parent assisted programming (e.g., P+T), all judges at GymBC events, and all other volunteers of any kind must provide proof of full vaccination (2 doses) to event organizers/club personnel.
  • All individuals (age 5+) must wear masks in all indoor public spaces – except athletes who are in the field of play.

Northern Health

  • All BC – Province wide rules apply.
  • No more than 50% spectator capacity may be present.
  • A COVID-19 Safety Plan must be available to enforcement officers, if requested.

Northern Health has a specific order, but this order has the same requirements as the provincial order when addressing sport.

Fraser East including: Hope, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission and Agassiz/Harrison

  • All province wide requirements apply.
  • All indoor event organizers (Gym Clubs) must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan as a part of their communicable disease plan. 
  • Event Organizers (Gym Clubs) must keep contact tracing information.

 


 

More information about COVID-19 Requirements is available on the Government of BC’s Website and through viaSport’s website. 

 

Return to Sport

GBC’s Return to Sport Plan outlines requirements and rules clubs must follow in order to resume operations.

A list of resources clubs can use to guide their transition back to operations is provided below:

Return To Sport Plan

Member Club Communicable Disease Plan Template

Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement


                                      Event Support for Clubs 

                               

                         Return to Competition Plan 

                                   Return to Sport Media Kit

What Clubs Must Do Before Reopening

In order to reopen, each club must first:

  1. Develop a club-specific COVID-19 Safety Plan which complies with all requirements set out in GBC’s Return to Sport Plan.
  2. Have the club Board of Directors or Owner formally approve their club’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  3. Complete and send the approved club-specific COVID-19 Safety Plan, including its date of approval. Please note: GBC is NOT approving club plans, but will be filing them with club declarations.
  4. Identify a COVID-19 Club Representative. The COVID-19 Club Representative will act as the main point of contact with GBC, should issues or complaints arise.
  5. Submit a completed COVID-19 Club Declarationpply

Any outcome/experience that requires First-Aid intervention in the GymBC Member club. For instance:

  • Example 1: A gymnast experiences pain after landing ‘funny’ on a beam dismount, and they are unsure if they have a sprain/strain/fracture.
      • Form required: Injury/Accident Report Form.
  • Example 2: A parent is walking in the front entrance. They slip and fall, requiring medical attention.
      • Form required: Injury/Accident Report Form.
  • Example 3: Two Active Start participants run into each other on the floor and one of them hits their head.
      • Form required: Suspected Concession Report Form.
  • Example 4: An interclub athlete needs a band aid from a cut that occurred the previous day at school
    • Form required: None, as the injury/accident did not occur at a member club or GymBC sanctioned event.
  1. Prioritize any emergency response actions required to support the person(s) involved.
  2. Once appropriate care has been given (or medical processes have been initiated), the coach/manager/staff member must select the appropriate report form based on the Accident/Injury. The forms are listed here:
  3. The coach/manager/staff member should determine if there is potential for a sport accident insurance claim to be submitted to GymBC (see below).
  4. A follow-up report form should be submitted based on the recovery/medical diagnosis of the injury:
  5. If you have questions about any step in the process, please contact GymBC’s Safety Officer at safety@gymbc.org

  • If a participant is registered a member of GymBC (not a drop-in, Birthday Party or Field Trip).
  • If a participant’s injury may result in rehabilitation costs that exceed the paramedical benefits that they have access to through their employment or their parent/guardian’s employment.

The insurance company will not process a claim until it is verified by GymBC.

  • GBC will verify and forward the claim to the insurance company the same day it is received.
  • Due to the time constraints, it is very important that all claim forms are sent to GymBC – do not send directly to the insurance company.
  • The time required to process a claim varies depending on the severity of the injury/accident and how complicated the claim is.

Risk Management

Risk Management Forms

On June 10, GBC distributed three risk management forms that all member clubs must implement immediately.

  1. Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement

Each individual member (parent/guardian if participant is under age 19) must complete a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement. Clubs must file and retain this form in long-term storage. Scan it and save electronically or physically file it.

  1. Participant Declaration of Compliance Form

Each individual member must complete a Participant Declaration of Compliance form (following each club’s COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements). This document acts as each participant’s commitment to comply with club requirements. This document must be signed by each participant and their parent/guardian if the participant is under 19 years of age. Clubs must file and retain this form in long-term storage. Scan it and save electronically or physically file it.

  1. Club Declaration of Compliance Form

Each club Owner/Board Chair must complete and submit a Club Declaration of Compliance form to info@gymbc.org. This document acts as each club’s commitment to comply with the requirements set out by GBC, viaSport, BC’s PHO, and WorkSafeBC.

Compliance Process

If severe and/or repeated offences and allegations arise about a club not complying with provincial requirements (including GBC Return to Sport Plan, viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines, PHO orders and recommendations, and government orders, bans, and recommendations) GBC requirements or not adhering to their own COVID-19 Safety Plan, GBC’s Board of Directors may take a variety of actions to manage and address compliance.

COVID-19 Updates

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