Sports organizations can now use indoor facilities in Ontario for training and non-contact athletic competitions

Ontario government removes some restrictions, but team sports games and spectators are still prohibited

Professional and amateur sports organizations can now use indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities for training and to hold non-contact athletic competitions — but without team games and spectators.

On Saturday (June 27), the Ontario government announced it has removed some restrictions on indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities.

The change was made in one of the emergency orders made the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The government also announced it has extended all emergency orders until Friday, July 10th. Orders made until Ontario’s state of emergency, which is in place until Wednesday, July 15th, are regularly renewed every two weeks.

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With the removal of restrictions, indoor sports and recreational facilities in Ontario can now open when they are going to be used by national and provincial sports organizations, leagues, or clubs to to train amateur or professional athletes or to run amateur or professional athletic competitions.

All athletes must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others, so contact sports are not allowed. Team sports are also not allowed, except for training sessions for members of a team that do not include games or scrimmage games.

No spectators are permitted. For athletes under the age of 18, one parent, guardian, or other adult can accompany each athlete.

Locker rooms, change rooms, showers, and clubhouses in the facility must be closed, except for access to equipment storage, a washroom, or for first aid.

Any equipment that is rented or provided to users of the facility must also be cleaned and disinfected between each use.

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