Newsletter - January 28
Public health orders have been extended today for another week, until February 8. Here is a summary of the orders that affect indoor sports:
Indoor sport, including the Sport Manitoba facility:
Except for ticketed sporting events under Order 16, indoor sporting and recreational facilities, including dance schools and martial arts studios, must not operate unless the operator
ensures that the number of spectators at the facility does not exceed 50% of the usual spectator capacity of the facility or 250 people, whichever is less;
restricts admission of members of the public to the facility to the following:
persons who produce proof of vaccination,
persons who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for the person not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19,
persons under 12 years of age,
persons who are at least 12 years of age but who have not yet reached 18 years of age and who produce
proof that they have received one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, or
proof of a negative rapid COVID-19 test result within the previous 72 hours that is confirmed by a pharmacist or by staff at a nursing station on a First Nation; and
ensures that no tournaments are held at the facility. Tournaments are defined as a single or multi-day gathering of three or more sport teams, who come together outside regular league play, but does not include; a gathering where team members compete on an individual basis against members of other teams.
Team Manitoba Activities
Since we had to cancel the in-person activities scheduled for January for the junior and senior teams as well as those of the Canada Games target squad, we have replaced these activities with three online conferences on mental preparation which will take place on January 29, February 12, and March 12.
Junior Provincials 2022 – February 25-27
After opening to all clubs and following an application/selection process, the organization of the Junior Provincials has been assigned to the St. James Seals club who will work closely with Swim Manitoba.
A decision-making process regarding the holding of the competition due to COVID has been put in place. We have identified February 15 as the deadline for making the final decision on whether or not to hold the event.
The event is still scheduled for March 17-20 at the Pan Am Pool, but we have secured the pool from March 31 to April 3 in case we have to postpone the competition.
Just like for the Junior Provincials, we have put in place a decision-making process for the holding of the event. We have identified the dates of February 15 for a first decision and March 1 in the event of a postponement.
Contact Tracing and Self-Isolation
Here are the Public Health order protocols in relation to contact tracing, high-risk settings, and self-isolation and we felt the information would be beneficial to share with all of you.
First, some definitions:
The period of communicability is when you are most likely to spread COVID-19 to others. For those who are symptomatic, the period of communicability is from two days prior to the onset of symptoms through to 10 days from the start of your symptoms. For those who test positive and have no symptoms (asymptomatic), the period of communicability extends from two days before your lab test to 10 days after you had the test.
Close contacts are people who you have shared space with during your period of communicability. Specifically, these are people you were within two metres/six feet for a total of 10 minutes over a 24-hour period.
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In most situations, public health officials will no longer be notifying close contacts. Confirmed COVID-19 cases will be asked to notify their own contacts.
Above is a flow chart on what to do in each scenario in regards to isolation. You can also view the high-res PDF here.
Also to note is that the 5 days of isolation for positive cases is from symptom onset or test date, whichever is later and for fully vaccinated individuals only.
More info on isolation can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.
Sport Manitoba website has a designated COVID-19 blog dedicated to the most up-to-date guidelines for sport, you can refer to at any time: sportmanitoba.ca/covid-19/
Remember that Swim Manitoba updates its return to play when public health orders change. https://www.swimmanitoba.mb.ca/return-to-play
We remind you that there are regular coaching opportunities announced on our website, do not hesitate to consult them: