Local public health restrictions surrounding outdoor team sports is set to be eased earlier than expected.
All of Saskatchewan, including the entire City of Lloydminster, will see guidelines for these activities lower on May 30th. This is as outdoor sports have been moved into Phase One of the Saskatchewan Re-Opening Roadmap.
The province says the choice was made for two reasons. The first is a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission during outdoor games, and the second is the continued successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
The allowance of these games is not without some continued stipulations, however. The amount of people at these gatherings is capped at 150 and games must be kept at league play. Tournaments, especially those requiring interprovincial travel, are not allowed. Inter-provincial leagues will need to contact the Business Response Team before starting play.
On game day, equipment should not be shared if possible and cleaned frequently if not. Commonly used items like bats or balls should be regularly sanitized. Water bottles should not be shared at all.
Anyone on or off the field, including team personnel, players, or spectators will not be required to wear masks as they are outside, but they should wear them if they’re more comfortable with one on.
Spectators not from the same home should keep two meters of distance and hand sanitiser approved by Health Canada should be available, if not a handwashing station with soap and water.
The SHA also asks that the home team keep the contact information of all visiting team members for contact tracing and that any player feeling unwell stay home.People can access their well-being using the COVID-19 assessment tool.
Tournament play and indoor sports will be re-opened under Phase Two of the Saskatchewan Re-Open Roadmap.