MHSAA Return to Play Statement - Updated June 30, 2020
As the Province of Manitoba eases restrictions and reopens the economy in a phased approach, the benefits of reopening need to be balanced with the risks of increased COVID-19 transmission. School sport activities have numerous physical, mental, and emotional health benefits. As organized activities continue to be allowed to operate again, we need a thoughtful plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
The MHSAA’s updated Return to Play plan aims to provide a safe return of school sport in Manitoba and is focused on the following:
- The Province of Manitoba has mandated each sport to establish a Return to Play Protocol to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The following sports have received approval for their Return to Play Protocols: Golf, Soccer, Athletics (cross-country and track & field), Baseball, Fast Pitch and Ultimate. Detailed sport specific protocols can be found on the respective Provincial Sport Organization’s website.
- School’s may offer fitness programming to their students provided they follow all current Provincial Public Health Guidelines and receive approval from their Division or School’s administration. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.
- No competition, including exhibition games, is permitted for any school sport at this time. Before this can proceed, consensus is needed from Manitoba Education & Training and all of Manitoba’s School Divisions on their state of readiness to move forward with extra curricular activities, including school sport.
The MHSAA remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our student-athletes, staff, coaches, member-schools, and the health of all of our fellow Manitobans.