Update: Modified Stage 2: Toronto, Peel, & Ottawa Health Units

October 14, 2020

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Modified Stage 2: Toronto, Peel & Ottawa Health Units

October 14, 2020

(Whitby, ON) -  

Please see the details below regarding Premier Doug Ford's announcement regarding further restrictions in Ottawa, Toronto and Peel Health Regions. Member clubs operating outside of these health regions will not be impacted by the below items but should be aware of these provisions if they are extended to adjacent Health Units. 

Clubs in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa Health Regions are now in a Modified Stage 2 of the Ontario Reopening Plan until further notice.

Ontario Regulation 572/20 has been released and provides new terms for the Emergency Orders for sports and recreational fitness activities and facilities for areas in Stage 2 – see Schedule 2, Sections 13 and 14

Key Changes:

Participants must always maintain a 2-meter physical distance before, during and after training sessions.

Flag rugby or activity using pool noodles is NOT permitted.

Participation is limited to 25 participants per training group.

The Ontario Ministry have confirmed that outdoor facilities are approved to have groups of 25 participants if there is ample room for participants to be physically distanced within their groups. If a club decides to have multiple groups of 25 at an outdoor facility, they must ensure that each group is its own training unit and must not interact with other groups. 

Athletes can make up the entire 25 participants, with club admin, coaches and medical staff added on top of the 25 participants.  

The Ontario Ministry indicated that each municipality has the jurisdiction to impose stricter measures. Please consult with your local public health unit and / or permitting department before beginning a program within a Modified Stage 2 setting.


O. Reg. 572/20 Schedule 2, Sections 13 and 14 modifications: Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities

13. (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (5), facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities, including gymnasiums, health clubs, community centres, multi-purpose facilities, arenas, exercise studios, yoga and dance studios and other fitness facilities, may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. Indoor fitness, exercise or dance classes must not be provided.

2. Any areas containing weights or exercise machines must be closed.

3. The total number of members of the public permitted to be in a class, organized program or organized activity at the facility cannot exceed 10 people and each class, organized program or organized activity must take place in a separate room.

4. No spectators are permitted.

5. Any person who enters or uses the facility must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person who is using the facility.

6. Team sports must not be practised or played within the facility, with the exception of training sessions for members of a sports team that do not include games or scrimmage games.

7. Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other must not be practised or played within the facility.

8. Subject to subsection 19 (2), any locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses in the facility must be closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid.

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

10. Activities that require the use of equipment or fixed structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between each use must not be practised or played within the facility.

 Facilities for outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities

14. (1) Facilities for outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. Any person who enters or uses the facility must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person who is using the facility.

2. Team sports must not be practised or played within the facility, with the exception of training sessions for members of a sports team that do not include games or scrimmage games.

3. Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other must not be practised or played within the facility.

4. Subject to subsection 19 (2), any locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses in the facility must be closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid.

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

6. Activities that require the use of equipment or fixed structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between each use must not be practised or played within the facility.

(2) Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and facilities containing outdoor fitness equipment may open.

 Rugby Ontario will continue to monitor for any further changes to the public health measures implemented by the government. We appreciate your ongoing patience as we work to ensure accurate information is always shared. We have updated the Rugby Ontario Return to Play Plan on our website (www.rugbyontario.com/return-to-play).  

Should you require further clarification please contact COVID19Manager@rugbyontario.com.

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