Ringette BC has released an update related to the most recent PHO Gathering and Events Order released on December 22, 2021. To read the full update click here. 

On Friday December 17, the Provincial Health Officer announced new COVID-19 restrictions followed by further restrictions on Tuesday, December 21. The updated Gathering and Events Order has now been released. Additional, information can be found on the BC Government website on the Province-wide restrictions page.

viaSport has not yet released their updated chart and communications outlining the new restrictions.  However, Ringette BC wanted to provide an update to our members.

Below is a summary of the Order that specifically relates to sport. Please note that facilities may impose additional restrictions. Please check with your facility provider for their current facility rules.

Gathering and Events Order – December 22 2021 Updates:

  • Tournament Cancellation:
    • All sport tournaments are cancelled from December 20, 2021 to January 31, 2022
      • Sports tournaments are defined as a single or multi-day gathering of three or more sports teams who come together outside of regular league play
    • Capacity Restrictions:
      • Capacity limits are reduced to 50 per cent of the seated capacity of a facility
      • Ensure you follow the facility guidelines
        • Capacity restrictions apply to in-person training such as coaching and officiating clinics, meetings, etc
      • Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Pacific Carded athletes:
        • “high performance athlete” means a person who is identified by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific as a high-performance athlete affiliated with an accredited provincial or national sports organization
        • Any Ringette BC CSI – Pacific Carded athletes are permitted to train, compete, and travel
      • Spectators:
        • Proof of vaccination required if 12 years of age and older
        • Must be seated at sports events
      • Travel:
        • On December 15, 2021, the Federal Government issued a Global travel advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada due to the risk of the Omicron variant.
        • We understand that the Provincial Health Officer is also likely to advise against travel between provinces at this time. A further update will be provided when available.
          • As a reminder, non-essential travel outside your community in the Northern Health Authority continues to be strongly discouraged as per Nothern Health Regional Requirements