Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and governmental sport and public health advisors, continues to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Ontario Government announced on Monday, as part of their Stage 2 plan for the re-opening of the economy, that a total of 31 Public Health Unit Regions were now cleared to begin re-opening.
As part of that announcement, it included the directive that Outdoor Amateur Team Sports can begin “training” under Ontario Soccer Return to Play protocols on a regional basis.
Included in the re-opening plan are conditions specific to recreational facilities which dictate what can open and who is able to utilize these facilities.
Ontario Regulation 263/20 Stage 2 is of particular importance, including sections 13, 14, and 15 which contain the regulations for now both indoor and outdoor facilities used for sports and recreation.
It is recommended that each Club, Academy, and District Association familiarize themselves with these specific regulations and ensure that their field provider, whether municipal or private, are operating in compliance with these regulations.
Please note that municipalities have the authority to impose further restrictions not included in this provincial order. It is therefore suggested that you contact your local bylaw enforcement department to ensure compliance of all local laws.
As of June 19, 2020 the following Public Health Units will be re-opening in Stage 2 (with applicable District Soccer Association inserted):
The following regions will remain in Stage 1 of the provincial plan until it is safe to move into Stage 2:
The above regions and District Soccer Associations have not been approved as of yet to commence with Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play “Phase 1 Training”.
It is important to note that Ontario Public Health Unit boundaries and Ontario Soccer District boundaries do not align perfectly and will overlap in some cases. Please consult with your local District Association or Public Health Unit to determine where your organization falls.
If your clubs require further information please refer them to our latest bulletins, the COVID-19 Updates page, which has all the latest information from Ontario Soccer, as well as resources for your members.
Please consider placing a dedicated link to the COVID-19 Updates on the homepage on your website.
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If you have any questions, please contact Patty Forbes, Director, Administration.
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