The City of Nelson is committed to ensuring the safety of the community and minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The City recognizes that sport and physical activity play an essential role in the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of citizens. The City has developed a Relaunch Strategy based on Provincial Guidelines, and all decisions have been made in the best interest of the community.
Over the past few months, City sports fields have been operating on a casual basis and have not been permitted to host organized activities. Recreation and sports have now been identified in Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan to re-open under enhanced protocols. Based on this, viaSport has created Return to Sport Guidelines for BC that the City has utilized in creating its procedure.
Based on the Provincial Health Officer and viaSport Guidelines, the City is currently looking to re-open sports fields for booking by user groups for training and non-contact sports activities. At this point, the Provincial Health Officer has not yet approved competitive activities or contact sports, so these activities cannot yet be considered. To be eligible for field use, sports activities must meet the following requirements:
To facilitate the safe re-opening of these spaces, the City has implemented a procedure for all user groups.
If you are a user group of a City of Nelson sports field or park, you are required to provide a COVID-19 Safety Plan, which must be approved by the City prior to your group being eligible to book the area.
Steps to follow:
Please keep in mind that user group status may be revoked at any time if COVID-19 Safety Plans are not adhered to.
Other City recreation spaces, including tennis and pickleball courts, disc golf, skate park, bike park and basketball courts, are open for casual use only and are not available to book. Casual use is defined as occasional use by individuals or small groups from the same household or social bubble. No organized activities are permitted in these areas.
The City of Nelson is working hard to review safety plans and provide information to user groups and would like to thank community members for your cooperation and patience in safely transitioning back to community sports activities during these unprecedented times.
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