WDGPH Guidance Documents
- COVID-19 Guidance for Sports & Recreation
- COVID-19 Guidance Checklist for Indoor Playgrounds and Playzones
- COVID-19 Guidance Checklist for Fitness Facilities & Studios
- COVID-19 Guidance Checklist for Parents and Families about using Playgrounds
- COVID-19 Checklist for Community Non-Profit Services
WDGPH Section 22 Class Order
Effective 12:01 a.m. on July 17, 2020, Dr. Nicola Mercer issued an updated class order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act for Stage 3 of the Ontario Framework for Reopening our Province. An establishment falling within the scope of this Order is required to make the best efforts in respect of the requirements of the Order. In complying with the best efforts requirements, owners and operators shall not require employees or members of the public to provide proof that they qualify for any of the exemptions set out in Section 1 of the Order.
The following establishments fall within the scope of the order requiring face coverings to be worn:
- Indoor arenas/sporting venues as a spectator
- Fitness facilities/gyms
- Indoor sports facilities/studios
Persons must wear their face covering inside those establishments listed above at all times, unless it is reasonably required to temporarily remove the face covering for services provided by they establishment. For example, a person may temporarily remove their face covering while exercising or participating in an activity that requires physical exertion or an activity where a face covering may become wet.
A person shall be exempt from wearing a face covering on the premises if:
- The Person is a child under the age of two (2) years; or a child under the age of five (5) years either chronologically or developmentally and he or she refuses to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;
- Wearing a Face Covering would inhibit the Person’s ability to breathe in any way;
- For any other medical reason, the Person cannot safely wear a Face Covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information;
- The obligation to provide reasonable accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code requires exemption from this requirement.
Parts of the fitness facility/gym/indoor sport facility or studio (including pools) that are covered by the order to wear a face covering:
- Reception area/lobby
- Equipment room
- Exercise classroom
- Common areas not used for activities (e.g., concesssion stand)
- Other indoor areas accessible to the public (e.g., publicly accessible washrooms)
Parts of the fitness facility/gym/indoor sport facility or studio (including pools) that are exempt from the order to wear a face covering:
- Pool/spa area
- Shower/change room
Reopening Recreational Settings and Resuming Sport Activities
Effective Friday, July 17, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health region moved into Stage 3.
Recreational settings and sport associations/organizations do not require approval from Public Health to reopen or resume activities. Public Health is unable to review individual association/organization or sector-specific reopening plans and/or protocols. Facility owners are responsible to ensure that any activities that they permit comply with the Emergency Order.
Please refer to:
- A Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 3 for requirements related to current operating restrictions on sport and fitness.
For more information regarding reopening your business or resuming your sport, please visit our website’s Workplaces and Businesses Page
Resources for businesses
- Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada - COVID-19 Pandemic: Return to School Canadian Physical and Health Education GUIDELINES
- True Sport - Safe Return to Community Sport: A True Sport Guide for Parents and Caregivers
- PHAC: Risk mitigation tool for outdoor recreation spaces and activities operating during the COVID-19 pandemic
- WDGPH COVID-19 guidance and checklist for reopening businesses
- Sector-specific guidance from health and safety associations
- Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Parks & Recreation Employers
- Guidance on Health and Safety for Outdoor Recreation and Drive-in/Drive-Thru Entertainment Settings during COVID-19
- For further guidance, refer to the provincial or federal professional association affiliated with your business sector, if applicable