The Ontario provincial government announced on Friday that it will issue an emergency order that will allow athletes from the province’s professional sports teams to start training at their club facilities, with immediate effect.
The ordinance covers NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and CFL clubs playing in the province, but it is up to each league to decide how to proceed. Amateur athletes and those playing in lower professional leagues in Ontario have not received the same level of clearance.
Athletes may return to their team’s training facilities, provided they are licensed by their league and adhere to strict health protocols, which means they must follow the rules of physical distancing and remain in small groups. Teams are not allowed to perform full training or workouts with their entire roster at this time.
Although the ordinance is province-wide, the decision is also subject to municipal guidelines – which may differ from city to city.
“I am pleased to announce that as of today in Ontario, professional sports training facilities will be allowed to reopen, provided that their respective sports leagues have established health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19, “said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sports. , Tourism and Culture Industries, in a press release.
“… We are pleased to see professional sports teams playing a leading role in the production of rigorous new protocols to ensure the safety of their athletes, while allowing them to train on a voluntary and individual basis. We look forward to seeing our athletes come back to play in the not too distant future. “