The Government of Ontario announced today that it is taking further steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 in what it has deemed as ‘hotspot’ communities.
Today’s announcement comes with tighter public health restrictions to organized team sports.
Effective Saturday October 10, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. for 28 days, the Government of Ontario has stated the following regions are affected by today’s announcement:
Ontario Soccer has reviewed today’s announcement and the regions defined by the Government of Ontario as hotspots are now only permitted to participate in training activities, with no games or competition permitted.
As well, social gathering limits and organized public event limits have been adjusted to 10 people for indoor and 25 for outdoor activities in these regions. (Page 7)
The Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guide/Plan consists of a three-phase approach that includes:
Phase 1: Return to Training (modified training)
Conditions: All Phase 1 Return to Train conditions are met
Restrictions: No contact, no league, exhibition, festival or tournament games
Phase 2: Return to Training and Modified Games (enhanced training & modified games)
Conditions: All Phase 2 Return to Train conditions are met
Inter-squad modified games permitted (only within the Club/Academy)
Restrictions: No league, exhibition, festival or tournament games
Phase 3: Return to Soccer (regular competition, games and training)
Conditions: Social distancing restrictions have been lifted
The phases outlined above apply equally to all recreational, competitive and high performance level soccer.
Note: Ontario Soccer will determine timelines for each Phase in alignment with the Province of Ontario provincial health authorities involving government orders, restrictions and guidelines. This will be communicated via future Action Bulletins when applicable.
The Return to Play Guide also includes:
Additionally there is information on:
Ontario Soccer has also included information on Technical Resources, such as Sample Training Sessions, Return to Play Participant waivers, which may be used by your organization and links to COVID-19 Public Health Resources.
When using these documents please ensure that content is not altered in any manner.
Should an event occur that refers to the Informed Consent or Release of Liability forms, the document of record will be the document that exists on the Ontario Soccer website.