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Government of Ontario Announcement on York Region and Spectator Restrictions in Hotspot Communities

By Ontario Soccer, 10/16/20, 8:15AM EDT

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Date:           Oct. 16, 2020

To:               Club Membership

CC:              Ontario Soccer Board of Directors, Staff

From:          Johnny Misley, Chief Executive Officer

Subject:      Government of Ontario Announcement on York Region and Spectator Restrictions in Hotspot Communities 

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and the Government of Ontario, continues to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the resulting public health crisis and Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Plan.

The Government of Ontario announced today that it is taking further steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 in what they deem to be additional ‘hotspot’ communities.

Today’s announcement comes with tighter public health restrictions to organized team sports. 

Effective Monday October 19, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., for 28 days, the following region is impacted by today’s announcement:  

  • York Region (NEW)

The following regions have previously been announced as hotspot communities:

  • Toronto
  • Peel Region
  • Ottawa  

Ontario Soccer has reviewed today’s announcement and organizations in the regions defined by the Government of Ontario as hotspots, can only participate in training activities, with no games or competitions permitted. 

Social gathering limits and organized public event limits have been revised for the affected regions.  Limits have been reduced to 10 people for indoor and 25 people for outdoor activities. 

Spectators are no longer permitted in indoor facilities. 

As part of Return to Play protocols, these four regions return to Phase 1: Return to Training (modified training) of Ontario Soccer’s. Reminder that at this phase, training activities are ONLY permitted within the Club/Academy.

Note: No trials are permitted during this 28-day period.

Please refer to Page 7 of the Return to Play Guide for complete details of Phase 1.

Organizations in these regions are encouraged to review the Return to Play Guide to ensure they are following all Health and Safety protocols particular to this phase. 

Member organizations are encouraged to stay in contact with their local Public Health Unit and Municipality in the event these organizations have implemented additional restrictions that may affect their soccer operations.

Ontario Soccer will reassess these changes when further updates become available. 

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