Monday COVID News - November 2nd

November 2, 2020 at 8:05am

Sport Manitoba updates, suspension of league play and notes from the board and office...

Last weeks announcement regarding the suspension of league play can be found by clicking this link. Our Board of Directors helped to explain the temporary suspension of league play and timeline for the next formal update on leagues and refunds (November 9th, following the board meeting on November 8th).

The office will use the time this week to talk to our partners at Winnipeg Soccer Federation about contracts during code red and what a resumption of play may look like in weeks/months to come. We will also be working on indoor 2 (January to March) and what those programs and timelines could mean for our members, we want to give you as much time to ask questions and have input on a return to play, whenever it will be safe to do so. We are also hoping that we can offer the board as much information as possible ahead of the next meeting, so that they can safely plan for our sports and community.

The office staff remain open to call or emails should anyone have questions or concerns before November 9th. We are also working on a COVID-19 email, so that members can offer comments, concerns, questions or ideas directly to MODS in a specific and concise manner. Please look for that email option this week.

COVID-19 Updates - Code Red - Winnipeg Region - Sport Manitoba

The Province of Manitoba announced today that the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region is being upgraded to Code Red, effective Monday, November 2, 2020 for two weeks.

New restrictions include:

  • All recreational facilities, group sports, arcades, bowling, etc. suspended.

  • All indoor and outdoor sport facilities closed.

  • Gyms and fitness centres will have reduced capacity to 25 per cent and masks will be mandatory, even when exercising

    • This includes Sport Manitoba’s fitness centre and performance.

Effective immediately the Sport Manitoba courts and flex space are closed for rentals, and the meeting rooms are closed. Sport Manitoba is encouraging our staff who have the ability to work remotely to do so over these next two weeks. 

The Interlake–Eastern health region, Prairie Mountain Health region, and Southern Health–Santé Sud health region will be upgraded to Code Orange as per the Pandemic Response System. The Northern health region is currently in Code Orange and will continue to observe:

  • Reduced spectators at sports and recreation facilities to 25 per cent. This occupancy limit applies to the entire facility. 

    • Ex: if a lobby’s capacity is 20 people, 5 people are allowed at once

  • Gyms and fitness centers require contact information for all attendees and mask use at all times, except when exercising.

  • Encourage one parent only to attend children’s activities.

For more information on these restrictions click here

Click here to view the full release from today’s announcement.

Public Health’s key takeaways from today’s announcement include:

  • Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. 

  • Stay home if sick. 

  • Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household. 

  • If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk. 

  • Get a flu shot.

We all need to work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our community safe. 

Janet McMahon | Interim President & CEO
Sport Manitoba