Update 21 | Gymnastics Ontario – Step 1 of Ontario Regulations – Interpretation

All Clubs,

In this email you will find our interpretation of Ontario Regulation 82/20 with a current version date of June 8, 2021 (or see attached PDF).

  • Schedule 7 | Businesses That May Open at Step 1
    • Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities
      • 45. (1) Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities that meet the conditions set out in subsection (2), (3), (4) or (7), as applicable.
        • (3) A facility for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities may open if it meets the following conditions:
          • 1. The facility must open solely for the purpose of providing space for any, some or all of the following:
            • i. A day camp for children described in section 24. (see attached Ministry of Health COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for: Day Camps)

Based on this wording, our interpretation is that indoor sport activities are permitted during day camps.

However, based on subsection (6) I will list what is not permitted.

  • Schedule 7 | Businesses That May Open at Step 1
    • Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities
      • (6) For greater certainty, no indoor or outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted at any indoor or outdoor sport and recreational facilities, except as permitted under subsection (7).

The following activities are not permitted during Step 1;

  • No recreational classes
  • No competitive classes (unless it is a Day Camp)
  • No birthday parties
  • No private lessons
  • No drop-ins
  • No trial classes / promotional visitor

Note: there are no time restrictions for when day camps are scheduled.

Capacity Restrictions: we strongly recommend the continued use of our occupancy calculation of one participant per 144 square feet, or 13.378 square metres in the training area; this includes Day Camp participants and staff in your calculation.

All that being said, I want to advise clubs that I am now aware of two member clubs in two different public health regions who have been told they may not run indoor sport activities at their day camps. However, I have also been informed of a third public health region who said a member club is allowed to run indoor sport activities at their day camps. You can see the mixed messaging already, and the regulations only became effective at 12:01 am today. The challenge with reaching out to your public health region for clarification is that I know from speaking with many of you, and my colleagues in other provincial sport organizations is that you can get different answers from different people. It is up to each member club to make their own decision on how they want to proceed.

 

Dave Sandford | Chief Executive Officer

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