This week the Province of Manitoba announced new public health orders that will take effect as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, for a period of two weeks.
15(2) Persons may engage in any type of outdoor sporting or recreational activity but they must not engage in an activity as part of a group of more than five persons.
15(3) No organized team activities are permitted while these Orders are in effect
It is important to note that organized sport is still shut down. Though new restrictions allow for limited outdoor gatherings in public spaces and private residences that may include recreational sport, organized, coached team activities are not permitted.
Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, said these changes are not meant to signal a reopening of the province, but to allow Manitobans slightly more social contact after weeks of tight rules.
He added that although the public health orders allow for outdoor gatherings, people are reminded to minimize the number of people they interact with as much as possible. Physical distancing and masks are recommended in outdoor settings for non-household members. While the risk of transmitting COVID-19 in outdoor settings is lower than indoors, transmission can still occur when there is close contact.
The above information has been provided by Sport Manitoba to ALL Provincial Sport Organizations.
While we realize the following information will be no consolation, we must assure you that both Athletics Manitoba and Sport Manitoba are doing everything in our power to advocate for sport.
The point of the orders is to limit the transmission in groups, it’s not always the activity itself, it’s the mingling before and after, group sizes, and the overall greater risk of transmission that they are trying to limit.
It has been a challenging process to say the least, and we can assure you, you are not alone in your frustrations.
Thank you for your understanding and patience through these challenging times. Hopefully we will receive some more positive news in 2 weeks.