Lloydminster, along with the rest of Saskatchewan, is returning to form when it comes to outdoor individual sports while balancing pandemic safety.
Sports like tennis, disc golf and others are coming back as the City of Lloydminster completes annual steps to open municipal amenities while also working around COVID-19 guidelines from the province. Those wanting to play are asked to know and follow these rules before hitting the court.
When it comes to pre-play, participants are asked to clean their equipment or commonly touched areas, wash and sanitize their hands and consider wearing their masks if distancing can’t be maintained. The City also says it is important that if people are sick, they stay home instead of going out to play.
When it’s time to hit the playing field, the City says singles play is recommended, but doubles are allowed as long as people playing are from the same household.
It’s also recommended that equipment isn’t shared. In an example like racquet sports, players should use two cans of balls with distinct markings or numbers. As much as possible, use your racquet or foot to pass the balls to another player.
Once the game is over, players are asked to wash up once more before leaving right away to prevent gatherings.
Organizers are also told to limit gathering by making all communal or public areas, including bleachers, inaccessible, stagger booking times to ensure a buffer between participants and when possible, book and set up times online. They should also keep a record of who was there, for contact tracing purposes.
All guidelines for outdoor sports were approved on April 20th and can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website.