Sport PEI

COVID-19 & Return to Play

Information for sport organizations

On June 1st, organized sport and recreational activities began under the guidelines of the Chief Public Health Office.

Organizations have been working on modified plans and are anxious to begin to offer program opportunities to members.  The health and safety of everyone involved is important and, collectively, we must continue to follow the guidance being provided by the Chief Public Health Office.

As our province heads into our new normal, it is still extremely important that the following key operational guidelines are followed.

Key Operational Guidelines:

  • Develop an operational plan detailing methods to mitigate transmission of disease.
  • Take every reasonable step to ensure physical distancing (including employees and/or clients) of two metres (six feet) between each other.
  • Take every reasonable step required to prevent employees who are required to self-isolate from entering workplaces.
  • Develop and follow an exclusion policy that ensures symptomatic employees are immediately excluded from work activities.
  • Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.
  • Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible to all employees.
  • Take every reasonable step to include contact tracing in your activities.

Manage your risks/controls

1.       Stay home when sick

2.       Physical distancing

3.       Engineering controls – e.g., physical barriers when physical distancing is not possible

4.       Administrative controls – e.g., waivers, declarations, contract tracing

5.       PPE – e.g., non-medical mask

On the Government of PEI website, information of the guidelines Organized Sport and Recreation Activities, there is a listing of " examples of activities" based on level of contact (low, moderate,high, full contact). It is important to understand that just because a sport or activity is not listed here doesn't mean it can't open up, but a " return to play " plan should be developed that provides guidance to member organizations. These Return to Play plans do not require approval by the Chief Public health Office but you are asked to provide a copy to the Sport and Recreation Division for their records.

Sports that are in the " full contact" category have asked if they can begin to operate as well...yes they can, provided extensive modifications are developed to the sport . Activities that would be able to be offered should focus on skills/drills, etc. and avoid any type of contact between participants.

Organized sport and recreation activities that are contemplating having more than one gathering at a time at a facility must follow the guidance on "multiple gatherings ".  Per Phase 3, each gathering must follow indoor and outdoor gathering guidance of no more than 15 people indoors and 20 people outdoors per gathering. Indoor gatherings must be separated into different rooms, or in very large indoor spaces, into clearly defined zones. Outdoor gatherings must be separated into clearly defined , marked zones.

All facilities/organizations are required to develop an operational plan (which could look different than the Return to Play documents) , however you do not need to submit the operational plan to the Chief Public Health Office before reopening, except in the following situations:

Facilities/ programs that are hosting multiple gatherings must submit an operational plan to the Chief Pubic Health Office ( including how they will ensure that the multiple gathering guidelines are being followed. Facilities and programs must receive pre-approval of their operational plan to have multiple gatherings involving more than 50 individuals across all gatherings.

Please include in the subject line of your email if it is a multiple gatherings situation and if the total number of participants across gatherings is greater than 50.


Gathering numbers include participants, spectators, instructors, coaches, staff and volunteers.  Parents, guardians, and caretakers of young children and or athletes with disabilities are also included in the gathering number.   For example, an outdoor gathering that includes 12 athletes, 2 coaches, and 5 parents assisting young athletes would amount to a gathering of 19 and would be permitted.


One day tournaments and similar events are permitted where the total number of people mixing does not exceed the organized gathering limit (e.g. 50 in phase 4; a small tennis tournament may be feasible.) This is to keep contact tracing manageable in the instance of a positive case. There could be the potential for a second group of 50 players up to a maximum of 100 people across gatherings provided the two groups do not mix (as per the multiple gathering guidance). Pre approval of the operational plan would be required  should the total number of people involved exceed 50.  Expect reviews of operational plans to take 5-10 business days. All of our other guidance still applies, e.g. physical distancing etc.

While not specifically mentioned in the guidance above, teams in the Atlantic provinces could come here.  At this time, anyone outside of the Atlantic bubble wouldn't be able to attend.

Spectator guidance has been updated/clarified:

  • The number of individuals permitted to gather include any participants, volunteers and spectators present at or near the gathering. Paid staff are excluded from the gathering limit, within reason.
  • The count of spectators does not apply to people in vehicles or individuals who are transporting players and sitting or standing outside their cars, provided they do not mix with others.

Also available to Organizations are various documents to support your activities, please contact Sport PEI for details:

  • Waiver
  • Assumption of Risk
  • COVID-19 Declaration
  • Remote Training Waiver

Government Programs

As part of their COVID-19 economic response plan to provide assistance to businesses and employees during this difficult time, the Government of Canada has recently announced details about the Temporary Wage Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy programs.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides savings to employers by providing a subsidy equal to 75% of employee wages on the first $58,700/employee, up to a maximum of $847/week for a period of three months. The Temporary Wage Subsidy Program provides a 10% temporary wage subsidy for employers for a period of three months that employers will qualify for if they do not meet the criteria of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

The Province of PEI announced the Business Adaptation Advice Program as a non-repayable contribution toward the cost to hire a professional to provide advice and support to adapt to or recover from the impacts of COVID-19.      

The attached information has been provided by Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis. The attached PDF files provide information on the current programs available (here) and how PSOs can register for CRA online services (here). There are several federal programs that require employers to be registered with CRA online. Additional information for federal and provincial programs can be found on the CFIB website at the follow links:

PEI COVID-19 Measures for your business

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