PHO Order Interpretation (Second Edition from May 25th Announcement) – Communique #11
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Dear Field Hockey BC Members,
Following Return to Responsible Play meetings with viaSport BC earlier today, I am writing to follow-up on the previous FHBC Communique #10 sent out on May 25th, 2021. As promised, FHBC will be providing updates as new information is received regarding the interpretation of Provincial Health Office (PHO) order announcements and expectations for the Organized Sport Sector
There are still areas of the latest announcement regarding PHO order interpretation and ‘Restart 2.0’ that require clarification, especially as it relates to the definition and environmental expectation of ‘tournaments’ and ‘competitions’, however the following is sent as both a reminder and in the case of points 4, 5 and 6 an important update:
- Both Adult members and Youth members may return to Outdoor field hockey activity.
- Activity is restricted to a ‘Home Club’ and the associated local outdoor facility(s).
- Travel is restricted to a ‘Home Club’ and the associated local outdoor facility(s) – noting adherence to the current PHO Regional Travel Restriction still applies.
- Physical Distancing is no longer required for outdoor field hockey activity.
- This is restricted to the designated field of play AND field infrastructure (team bench areas). Off-field physical distancing of 2m and associated COVID-19 safety plans must still be adhered to.
- Adult group size on any single outdoor field facility should be restricted to within the ‘Rule of 50’.
- There is no maximum group size for Youth to allow for greater flexibility in delivery (eg. Adult supervision)
- Subject to Municipal and/or Operator/Owner rules and regulations, LSO’s may now decide what is reasonable in the numbers of Youth members able to access a single outdoor field of play facility. Municipal or Operator rules and regulations must be adhered to which may require adherence to specific group size limit set by the Municipality or facility Operator.
- There is no need or requirement to form participant cohorts.
- With no requirement for cohort modelling, members within a ‘Home Club’ may interact within a training and/or game play environment.
- COVID Safety Plans must still be in place and adhered to.
- Attestation Form completion ahead of participant activity is still required.
- No spectators are permitted at this time.
- The requirement for a new PSO Responsible Return to Play Framework aligning to ‘Restart 2.0’ still requires further viaSport BC and Provincial Government guidance.
Further FHBC Return to Responsible Play communiques to the membership will follow as FHBC receives greater clarity and interpretation over time. In the meantime, FHBC very much appreciates our memberships continued patience as we progressively move towards an exciting post-COVID new norm for the Organized Sport Sector.
For further detail regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response and to access the Responsible Return to Play Framework documentation, please access this information housed on the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.
Yours in sport,
Field Hockey BC
May 31, 2021
Return to Sport Restart 2.0 – by viaSport
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NOTE: Previous Return to Sport Plans had sport groupings (i.e. Group A, B, C, and D sports) as well as a cohort model. These concepts no longer apply to the Return to Sport Restart 2.0. The focus for Restart 2.0 is indoor and outdoor. Sports must follow the restrictions based on if the sport is taking place indoor or outdoor (e.g. if a typical indoor sport shifts to an outdoor setting, the sport follows outdoor rules).
DISCLAIMER – VIASPORT BC RETURN TO SPORT GUIDANCE: viaSport’s role in the Return to Sport process is to communicate timely updates and information to help the sport community plan its return. This information from viaSport is not intended for legal purposes and all sport organizations and participants are reminded to follow all current health orders and recommendations set out by the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. For the full disclaimer, please click here.
• viaSport Frequently Asked Questions
• Gathering and Events Order
• Travel Restrictions in BC
• B.C. Centre for Disease Control
• Mask Mandate Order
• COVID-19 (Limits on Actions and Proceedings) Regulation
• Workplace Safety (December 16, 2020)
• Government of BC COVID-19 Restrictions Information
Return to Play Frameworks & Attestation Form
- 2020 First Stage Responsible Return to Play Framework (amended October 22, 2020)
- 2020 Second Stage Responsible Return to Play Framework (amended September 29 2020)
- Template – COVID-19 Questionnaire and Attestation
Other Documents/Older Communiques
- March 20, 2020 – COVID-19 Consideration and Planning
- Communique #1 – Preparation for a Potential ‘Phase One’ Return to Responsible Play
- Communique #2 – Preparation for a Potential ‘Phase One’ Return to Responsible Play
- Communique #3 – Preparation for a Potential ‘Stage One’ Return to Responsible Play
- Communique #4 – Framework Approval for the ‘First Stage’ Return to Responsible Play
- Communique #5 – Responsible Return to Play – First Stage
- Communique #6 – Responsible Return to Play – Second Stage Framework Creation and Approval
- Communique #7 – Responsible Return to Play – Second Stage
- Communique #8 – Responsible Return to Play – Second Stage Update
- November 11, 2020 – New Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley Restrictions
- Communique #9 – COVID-19 Response: PHO Order Interpretation
- March 17, 2021 – PHO Order Update: Adult Outdoor Sport
- April 23, 2021 – New Travel Restrictions in BC
- Communique #10 – COVID-19 Response: PHO Order Interpretation (May 25th)
- Field Hockey BC Regional Event Planning
- Modified Rule Changes and Guidance – Responsible Return to Play – August 2020
- Safe Return to Play: COVID-19 liability Insurance
Responsible Return to Play FAQ
Can a member request a refund of the FHBC Membership Fee?
Membership registration fees will be refunded to all those registered members that do not get, or choose not to have, any opportunity to be active in field hockey programming or events in the current season.
Refunds must be requested by the member to FHBC. Any and all members not requesting an individual FHBC membership registration refund, will have their membership remain active until the end of the membership year (August 31, 2021). Should such registered members not have an opportunity to play field hockey in any capacity in the current season, then the option remains to request a refund or a credit to the following season.
Once a Field Hockey BC member has actively participated in the current membership year, regardless of the extent of such participation, membership fees are regrettably not eligible for reimbursement nor eligible for proration. This applies to both Field Hockey BC and Field Hockey Canada fees that form the full field hockey membership registration fee. Such a policy has recently been reviewed by the FHBC Board of Directors and applied to COVID conditions with the decision that membership fees would only be reimbursed to those members who have not actively participated.
For Club Fees’ refunds, please contact your club directly.
Can coaches and officials participate in more than one cohort?
The LSO’s safety plans – based on the PSO’s (Provincials Sport Organization) framework and viaSport guidelines – will guide what an official can or cannot do. The FHBC framework and viaSport guideline continue to allow flexibility of movement for coaches or officials who are taking theses roles exclusively and that are able to maintain physical distancing protocols at all times. In this case, the PSO framework whilst recommending that officials be restricted to a single cohort, does allow movement to a second cohort as long as the official is able to maintain physical distancing protocols at all times. If an official cannot maintain physical distancing at all times then they are required to restrict participation to a single cohort.
Whose responsibility is it to provide sanitizing stations to the participants?
This would be a decision for the facility operator in the first instance and thereafter the LSO (Local Sport Organization).
Whose responsibility is it to put up signage related to COVID-19 measurements at the facility?
Signage for activities are responsibility of the LSOs running the activity.
Should volunteer Safety Officers have a FHBC Membership?
Yes. The FHBC Membership provides insurance coverage for every registered member involved in the activity, including full liability coverage to COVID-19 relate cases. Therefore, Safety Officers should register under the “Officials” membership type.
Is the Attestation Form completion and collection mandatory?
Yes. Attestation form completion by each participant ahead of every training session is mandatory. Attestation Forms are required to comply with health screening prior to activity, in the ability to track activity participants, and should an outbreak be applicable, to identify the contact group and monitor the isolation period required. It is understandable that this is a logistical challenge, however, it is in place to protect everyone associated with the activity.
Can an activity extrapolate field ratios and cohort limits by just 1 or 2 people?
No. Field ratios and cohort limits were developed to allow for the confident application of physical distancing rules and follow the PHO recommendations. The zonal configuration and assessment of participant ratios was also made in consultation with technical and management staff at the club level in BC.
Does FHBC needs to approve the club’s safety plan?
No. FHBC does not need to approve the LSO plan; the LSO is required to formally approve it.
Can players share or be loaned equipment for sessions, if they don’t have them?
No. As much as we recognize the additional cost of such equipment to players, safety must come before convenience for a responsible return to play. The protocol should be for no sharing of equipment. For players who may have limited financial resources, KidSport and JumpStart financial assistance programs that could help in securing an individuals equipment by offsetting their player registration costs.
What should be done if a participant develops COVID-19 symptoms during a session?
This speaks to the framework requirement for an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to be in place for the facility and session (illness policy and exit protocol from the facility). Any participant exhibiting signs of illness should follow a facility exit protocol as soon as signs of illness are identified and then follow a minimum of a ten-day period prior to return to activity. It further recommends that the participant obtain a referral to a health care provider should the following symptoms be evident:
– COVID-19-like symptoms
– Common cold symptoms
– Influenza (flu) symptoms
– Symptoms of any other infectious respiratory disease
Should such symptoms lead to a COVID positive test, then provincial and/or municipal health authority direction takes precedence for return to activity.