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Some team sports have started up with COVID-19 specific guidelines this fall. If you are planning on joining or are currently on a sports team, here are some things you may want to keep in mind.
Playing sports during COVID-19
With information from the BC Centre for Disease Control, here are some considerations when it comes to sports and athletics:
- Avoid contact sports: To maintain social distancing, choose sports that don’t require a lot of close contacts and do not have a lot of shared equipment.
- Keep as much distance as possible: Many sports and recreational activities can make you breathe faster and harder, and droplets from breathing or coughing will spread further than normal. The BC CDC suggests you choose sports that don’t require close contact with others.
- Keep hand sanitizer close by and remember to sanitize your hands before and after playing.
- Have smaller teams
- Bring your own water and snacks
- Bring your own equipment and something to disinfect it with
For more detailed information, please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website directly.
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Where do we fit in?
Yes, we are a provincial regulator. We are responsible for some very specific transactions in BC. We aren’t experts on COVID-19. We won’t – and shouldn’t – ever give medical or legal advice. But we are in a unique circumstance right now and we want to help people navigate the current reality. We don’t have all the answers, but we will do our best to share information from reliable sources, put it in ways that are easy to digest and understand, provide referrals and help you navigate this situation.
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