Sports, Recreation and COVID-19


Reopening Recreational Settings and Resuming Sport Activities

Effective Friday, July 17, 2020 the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region moved into Stage 3 of reopening Ontario.

Recreational settings and sport associations/organizations do not require approval from Public Health to reopen or resume activities. Public Health is unable to review individual association/organization or sector-specific reopening plans and/or protocols. Facility owners are responsible to ensure that any activities that they permit comply with the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

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Mandatory Mask Use in Enclosed Public Spaces

Effective Friday, July 24, 2020, the use of face coverings have been required in certain enclosed public spaces (of businesses, organizations, and services) and transportation in our district.

This also applies to sports facilities, sports clubs, gyms, yoga studios, dance studios, and stadiums.

It is most important to wear a face covering when entering and exiting the facility and accessing common areas: the bathroom, the locker area, the shower area, etc. It may be difficult to exercise or perform a fitness activity with a face covering. If that is the case, you may remove the face covering only if physical distancing of two metres can be maintained. Physical exercise results in heavier breathing and a greater risk for transmission of spit or spray.

Staff need to wear a face covering when working in the public areas of the enclosed public space unless they are:

  • exempt from wearing a face covering; or
  • within or performing duties behind a physical barrier (e.g. plexiglass barrier); however, staff must wear a face covering in a situation where physical distancing cannot be maintained with other staff within or behind a physical barrier.

Staff do not need to wear a face covering if they are working in an area that is not designated for public access and where physical distancing of two metres can be maintained.

Please review the most current directives and information on face coverings for businesses and community members.

Capacity Limits

On August 14, 2020 the Ontario government supported the safe reopening of many sport, fitness, and recreation facilities by applying a capacity limit on a per room basis.

Facilities can have up to 50 patrons for each indoor sport or fitness room, while ensuring physical distancing of at least two metres.

The revised capacity limits apply to gymnasiums, health clubs, community centres, multi-purpose facilities, arenas, exercise studios, yoga and dance studios and other fitness facilities that are able to follow the new guidance.

Facilities may also adopt their own protocols that are more restrictive than the guidance.

North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)