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COVID-19 Guidance: Restarting Sports

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on communities worldwide, resulting in significant restrictions on all sectors, including sports. Across the world, sports came to a screeching halt resulting in the cancellation or postponement of events.

The Cayman Islands National Framework for Restarting Sport amid COVID-19 provides minimum standards for the cautious restarting of sporting activities within the Cayman Islands and applies to National Sports Associations (NSAs), Gymnasiums, Sports Clubs, Individuals and other Sporting Entities.

To ensure the safety and health of our people, NSAs, sports clubs, individuals and other sport related entities must follow the necessary guidelines and regulations to reduce the risk of community transmission.

You can download our guidance on restarting sport activities after mandatory closure due to COVID-19 here:

Download Restarting Sport Guidance

 

Restart Dates for Sports Related Activities

Suppression Level 3:

  • June 1st, 2020 – Persons are able to exercise in any open air, public place including Government walking tracks. Walking tracks reopen and individual and two (2) person non-contact sporting activities allowed. More guidance on the current times and guidelines for walking tracks can be found here: https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/guidance-on-walking-tracks
  • June 7th 2020 – Restart of non-contact, open air sporting activities involving up to six (6) persons.
  • All public gyms, including private strata gyms, remain closed.

Suppression Level 2, Phase 1:

  • June 21st, 2020 – Restart of non-contact, open air sporting activities for groups of up to 25 individuals. Scuba diving and snorkelling is allowed; however, own equipment must be used (rental of dive tanks only is permitted).
  • All public gyms, including private strata gyms, remain closed.

Suppression Level 2, Phase 2:

  • July 5th, 2020 – All public gyms, including private strata gyms, allowed to reopen.

Suppression Level 2, Phase 3:

  • July 19th, 2020 – Restart of contact sporting activities is permitted with up to 50 participants, coaches and support staff, and up to 50 spectators. Spectators who do not live in the same household must maintain a minimum of 3ft/1 meter distance.

It is important to note that the approval to participate in sports (and which activities within each sport) will be dependent on the current suppression level as determined by the Premier and Cabinet. Please note that suppression levels and dates are subject to change and may be different for each island. 

 

Sport Categories

For the purpose of this framework, sporting activities have been separated into two categories: Non-Contact and Contact.

Guidelines for permitted activities, hygiene measures and spectators, outlined below, are in accordance with CIG’s COVID-19 Regulations.

Important note: This policy recognises that there are sports traditionally considered contact vs. non-contact; however, it makes a distinction, not between a contact and non-contact sport, but rather whether an activity within a sport is a contact activity or not.

NON-CONTACT SPORTING ACTIVITIES – SUPPRESSION LEVEL 2

General Description:

Activity that can be conducted by a solo athlete or a number of athletes, where at least three feet can always be maintained between participants and there is no contact between athletes and other personnel.

The location of sporting activities and the numbers of participants in any one group taking part in any such activity will be determined and declared by the Premier and Cabinet. Currently at Suppression Level 2, sporting activity must be conducted outside and the maximum allowed to gather for sports is 50 persons. The capacity of the facility being utilised must allow each participant to maintain a distance of 3 ft/ 1 meter. Changes in composition of the group participants should be minimised. Some sharing of sporting equipment allowed such as kicking a football, hitting a tennis ball, use of weights and mats. However, athletes should use their own equipment, whenever possible.

No spectators unless required e.g. parent or guardian of a minor. Where parents or guardians are required, they must be separated from athletes and maintain a distance of three feet at all times from other persons (unless they are members of the same household).

If activities are held indoors, spectators must wear a mask (see Mask Guidance for further information).

CONTACT SPORTING ACTIVITIES– SUPPRESSION LEVEL 2

General Description

Contact sporting activities are activities in which physical contact is an integral component of the activity. These activities may include training, competition, tournaments, and matches.

The location (e.g. outdoor/indoor) and numbers of participants in any one group taking part in any such activity will be determined and declared by the Premier and Cabinet.

The Premier and Cabinet has declared that contact sports can resume starting July 19th 2020.

Currently, at Suppression Level 2, sports must be conducted outside and the maximum allowed to gather for a public meeting is 50 persons. Spectators are allowed within the public gathering limits, but should be separated from athletes. Spectators should maintain social distancing of at least 3ft/1 meter unless they are members of the same household. If activities are held indoors, spectators must wear a mask (see Mask Guidance for further information).

 

Learn more

In our guidance, you can learn more about conditions required for re-opening as well as:

  • Mask Guidance
  • Requirement for Sporting Restart Plan
  • Facility Preparation
  • Facility Cleaning
  • Facility Usage Guidelines
  • Signage
  • Education
  • Communication
  • and more. 

 

Download Restarting Sport Guidance

 

Any entity planning a sports event involving mass gatherings or spectators should consult with the Department of Sports in this process.

Please note that in planning any such events the Department of Sports recommends the WHO’s recommendations for event organisers.

 

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