The Province of Manitoba has announced new Provincial Health Orders to come into effect on February 12, 2021.
This phase of Restart MB including the following announcements about sport and fitness:
• allowing outdoor sports facilities to reopen for casual sports as well as organized practices and games, with multi-team tournaments not permitted;
• allowing gyms, fitness centres and yoga studios to reopen at 25 per cent capacity (it is assumed this is only for individual training – no classes);
• allowing indoor sporting facilities such as rinks, gymnastic clubs and martial arts studios to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for individual instruction only;
Naturally, there are a number of questions on how these announcements should be interpreted for the sport of Triathlon. At present, we still have many questions – especially regarding indoor training. What is clear is that all indoor facilities are only allowed one-to-one training at 25% facility capacity and it’s still up to various facilities if and how they want to open. For example, Pan Am Pool will need to wait for the City of Winnipeg to determine how that facility will reopen, because the City assumes a level of risk by having their employees and public inside. Similarly, the University of Manitoba must also determine whether Max Bell Fieldhouse and their other facilities will reopen and what that will look like.
For Outdoor Training, sports are allowed to resume organized practices and activities according to the Return to Play documents that were approved for each sport. Triathlon’s Return to Play Approval still requires physical distancing of 2m to be maintained at all times, but allows coached practices and workout group sizes of up to 10 people. For larger workouts, program athletes are required to split into smaller groups to abide by the max 10 regulation.
Coaches or workout leaders are required to have hand sanitizer and PPE available at all workouts. Triathlon Manitoba can provide such packages to programs if needed.
Please note – Current Public Health Orders still limit outdoor gatherings to a maximum of five people, but we have confirmed that organized sport will not be held to that limit, and rather be governed by the limits approved within their Return to Play submissions, which for Triathlon is 10 people maximum.
We expect there will be more updates to share over the coming days. Triathlon Manitoba will continue working with Sport Manitoba, Swim Manitoba, Manitoba Cycling Association and Athletics Manitoba to ensure the restart of our sport happens in the most responsible way.
If you have any questions, please contact us at the office.