Sport Manitoba is aware of the public health risk associated with COVID-19. As a public facility, we’d like to remind you of the following:
- Employees who work in the building are encouraged to take precautionary measures within their offices and work spaces, such as wiping down phones, door handles, routinely washing their hands, and staying home when feeling unwell (e.g. coughing, sneezing, fever, runny nose, etc.).
- To prevent any spread of the virus, Sport Manitoba will be routinely wiping down and cleaning high traffic areas throughout the facility, such as changerooms, washrooms, doorknobs, handles, elevator buttons, railings and tables.
- Sport Manitoba is following the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Province of Manitoba guidelines on prevention and will adapt our approach as new information becomes available.
The Sport Medicine Advisory Committee has also shared information on considerations for Athletes, Coaches, Sport Organizations and Event Producers:
Athletes and Coaches:
Prior to travelling overseas for training camps and competitions
- The risks associated with travel and competitions vary with multiple factors including location, age and origin of participants, indoor vs outdoor venues, and contact vs non-contact sports, among others. Check with your team physician, NSO CMO, or SMAC CMO for detailed consideration of these issues.
- Make an appointment with your team physician or regular doctor prior to departure to ensure that your vaccinations are up-to-date and that you will have enough of your regular medications, with the appropriate documentation, for your entire trip and at least an additional week. Vaccinations need to be administered well in advance of travel to be effective.
- Travel advisories change frequently. Check the Government of Canada Travel Health Notices regularly prior to departure as well, as the immigration department of the country you will travel to next.
- It is best to have contingency travel plans in place with the ability to change flights if needed.
- There is no need to alter your exercise or training if you are feeling well, nor do you need to wear a mask in public.
- Where travelling to places with an elevated risk, NSOs are urged to have a team doctor travel with the team. Other health professionals should not be expected to coordinate or provide medical care.
- Having appropriate travel insurance for your team that can be relied upon in the event a medical evacuation is necessary.
- When planning training camps, consider factors such as ease of access to medical resources and the prevalence of infection rates in neighbouring countries.
- There have been very few cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Canada. There is currently no indication for event organizers to delay or postpone sporting events in Canada.
- For international athletes travelling to compete in Canada, only the Government of Canada should provide details the current travel restrictions in place. At present, the Government of Canada is asking only those that have returned from the Hubei province in the last 14 days should self-isolate for 14 days and contact your local health authority within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. There are no other recommendations. Event organizers should not impose additional restrictions on international athletes. All travelers that have symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath should be advised to have a physician assessment.
- Mass gathering and sporting events can pose additional infection control challenges in general. If there is concern regarding your event, please discuss with your Chief Medical Officer who can help put in place risk mitigation strategies in conjunction with your local public health unit if required.
Please visit the links below for up-to-date and accurate information about COVID-19:
- WHO website on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
- Government of Canada COVID-19 Travel Advice.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Coronavirus (Province of Manitoba)
- Reduce the spread of communicable diseases and viruses including COVID-19 in the workplace (Province of Manitoba)
Please be aware that Sport Manitoba is providing this information for your organization to take the appropriate steps in protecting your members, and to assist in any decision making related to sporting events, travel plans or your overall approach to preventing the potential spread of COVID-19.