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Play ball: B.C. athletes can now enjoy competitive play

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September 01, 2020 - 8:30 PM

B.C. athletes can now enjoy some competitive play as the province moves into Phase 3 of its Return to Sport guidelines.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has reviewed viaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines for Phase 3, according to a Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture media release. ViaSport is the province's lead agency for delivering sports in B.C.

The guidelines contain recommendations for how sports can add activities back again while adhering to current public health recommendations. This new guidance addresses contact activities, cohorts, competitions, high-performance training environments and travel, the ministry said.

“Sport is an important part of mental and physical health for children, youth, families and our communities,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in the release. “These guidelines will enable the social and emotional benefits of sport, while ensuring the sports activities remain as safe as possible.”

With Phase 3, sports programs can now have additional training opportunities, modified games and matches, and league play and competitions within cohorts.

In June, viaSport released its guidelines to support the amateur sport sector through a gradual return to play. With Phase 3, each provincial sport organization can use the overarching guidelines to develop or revise its sport-specific plans. Sixty organizations have completed their return to play plans thus far, the ministry said.

For more information, visit viaSport's website here.

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