Sports, Recreation and COVID-19


A state of emergency is in effect. The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused during this time. Find out about the public health measures and restrictions during the state of emergency. 


Winter Sports and Activities

We encourage everyone to get outside and be active this winter, as physical activity is important for maintaining both physical and mental health.   

Public health measures are still important when participating in outdoor activities and sports, whether it be skating, snowshoeing, skiing, ice fishing or any other fun outdoor activity. You must continue to:  

  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from anyone outside your home 
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often 
  • Wear a facial covering when you are unable to maintain physical distancing 
  • Avoid carpooling with individuals outside your home  
  • Avoid gathering before, during and after participating in a sport 
  • Avoid socializing in-person with people outside your home 
  • Do not share food or drinks 
  • Ensure you know the rules of the facility before attending; for example, there may be specific sign-up times or screening requirements.   
  • If you feel unwell self-isolate immediately and take the COVID-19 Self-assessment for next steps. 

Make sure that you follow these measures not only during activities but also when travelling to and from the activity and while getting changed. 

No sport or activity can be singled out as the safest or most risky when it comes to spreading COVID-19, but we are currently recommending avoiding team sports, indoor sports, and sports requiring travel outside of the district.   .

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)