RETURNING TO PICKLEBALL PLAY…
when it is allowed in your area
July 17, 2020
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pickleball Canada has been committed to fostering a safe sporting environment. This commitment includes the health and wellbeing of pickleball players, as well as all Canadians in the communities where we live and play. In the Spring, while we were in the depth of the crisis, based on recommendations by Public Health, Pickleball Canada strongly advised that all players across the country refrain from playing pickleball.
Today, Pickleball Canada recognizes that the situation has evolved and that different areas in Canada are affected in different ways. A progressive deconfinement is occurring across Canada. As confinement measures are lifted or modified by government authorities and indoor and/or outdoor sporting facilities are reopening, we encourage you to start playing pickleball again. Pickleball is a unique sport which provides many benefits, particularly for people’s health and wellbeing, both mentally and physically.
If you wish to play pickleball, please remember that you play at your own risk. Please note that pickleball play in contravention of local, provincial or federal laws or regulations is not an Authorized Activity and consequently is not covered by Pickleball Canada insurance.
COVID-19 continues to create its share of challenges and concerns and we, therefore, believe that it is imperative to take certain precautions to ensure that pickleball is being played in a safe environment for all.
Guiding Principles for Players
- Make sure that your city or region allows pickleball play based on the government authority criteria for the progressive lifting of confinement measures and that your municipality permits the use of pickleball courts.
- Do not play if you or your playing partner:
- Exhibit any coronavirus symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by health experts.
- Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Are considered vulnerable or at risk (elderly individuals with underlying health concerns, immunosuppressed persons, individuals suffering from serious health problems, notably high blood pressure, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, obesity and asthma).
- Know and practice good cleanliness techniques
- Respect social and physical distancing protocols
- The activity must always comply with the social physical distancing measures and recommendations issued by federal, provincial and local government authorities, including the arrival and departure of players.
- Keep a record of all players and any others who come in, so that you can contact them if needed, for example, if an infected person should use the facility.
- Regularly remind and encourage everyone to wash their hands and adopt proper hygiene practices.
- Encourage all to respect physical distancing of 2 metres, or as recommended by government authorities.
- PCO's insurance policy includes sickness or disease within the definition of bodily injury and the policy at this time does not currently exclude COVID-19. (It is anticipated that this will change in 2021.)
- The PCO’s General Liability policy insures and defends the following: The PCO, Provincial organization, individual affiliated club as well as the individual members.
- It is important for local organizers of approved pickleball activities to show due diligence in encouraging participants to comply with federal, provincial and local requirements.
- Each board/club needs to do what they feel is right for them and their members in respect to their specific circumstance.
PICKLEBALL IS ONLY A GAME,
YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY ARE NOT.
RESPECT YOURSELF, RESPECT ONE ANOTHER AND BE SAFE!!