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Return to Play – Step Three: Effective Friday, July 16th, 2021

The Government of Ontario announced on July 9th it will enter Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen effective Friday July 16th, 2021 at 12:01AM. Key public health indicators and vaccination rates continue to improve, allowing for the province to safety expand indoor settings and capacity limits.

Step Three is planned to help expand access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn.

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This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people, indoor gatherings of up to 25 people, the opening of indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits, and the FULL return of sport with no contact restrictions. Public health and workplace safety measures will continue to apply across all steps, including maintaining physical distance, abiding by venue capacity limits, and wearing face coverings in indoor spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge.

NOTECheck with your Public Health Unit (PHU) to ensure that it has not issued instructions to businesses and the community which limit reopening or impose specific protocols for safely conducting activities locally.

Step Three: Implications for Basketball

  • Full practices AND games may resume – No limitations on in-sport contact.
  • Face masks are to be worn by:
    • Coaches at all times;
    • Spectators at all times;
    • Players, when not participating in activity.

Coaches or Administrators on site must record the following information in relation to each activity:

  • Name and contact information for every participant.
  • Have players complete an Attestation of Health and declare no recent travel history.
  • OBA Participant Attestation template, as a Word document or .pdf:    Microsoft Word     PDF
  • This information does not need to be submitted directly to OBA but should be kept on file by the coach or administrator in case contact tracing is required.

If Clubs/Coaches are using facilities where they are the permit holder, they will be required to:

All Clubs/Coaches/Leagues must have a prepared safety plan before they are permitted to play. The safety plan should be available to anyone upon request. The safety plan should include:

  • How programs will screen participants.
  • Physical distancing measures in place.
  • Mask/face covering protocols for participants, coaches, and spectators.
  • Procedures for preventing and controlling crowding.
  • Measures in place to disinfect shared equipment.