Victoria karate school operator claims “Dr. Henry of sport ‘amid confusion over whether certain combat sports are allowed to continue amid the latest COVID-19 health orders.
Richard Mosdell shut down his Kenzen sports club last week under the direction of health inspectors, but said other clubs continue to operate amid what he calls unclear messages.
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“It almost seems like some clubs are defying Dr (Bonnie) Henry’s order, but in reality they don’t know what that means exactly,” he said.
“I don’t think anyone is trying to bend the rules.”
The province on Wednesday updated its province-wide restrictions to include a ban on all indoor group physical activity, including martial arts, gymnastics and cheerleading.
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Provincial health worker Henry clarified the order on Friday, saying all indoor group physical activity, “whether sport or fitness, is currently on hold” and that new guidelines would be available. by the end of next week.
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Judo BC is one of the provincial sports organizations that continues to operate, in apparent contradiction to the order.
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President Donna Hanson told Global News on Sunday that she had received clear instructions from viaSport, the organization that regulates amateur sport in British Columbia, that judo could continue.
“We’re not at all confused,” she said.
“We have been allowed to continue our sport… Judo is a sport regulated by viaSport… and we have been given explicit instructions that we are allowed to continue.
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The same guidance document that bans martial arts also says that sports games, competitions and practices can continue, with restrictions.
Hanson said judo clubs continue to operate as part of phase 3 of viaSport’s return to play program, which means no travel or competition, no high intensity training, a cohort model and other safety precautions.
Hanson understands that Henry’s Order only applies to sports that are not regulated by umbrellas viaSport.
“We are following all the guidelines that have been set and we are doing it successfully. To date, no one in all of British Columbia has tested positive for COVID. ”
Global News has requested clarification from viaSport on the recipient of the order, but has not received a response by post.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health initially referred to the website which lists martial arts as one of the suspended sports, but said they would check with Henry’s team for more information.
Karate BC is also a partner viaSport, but has advised its members not to operate under the new restrictions.
Mosdell said if his club was allowed to operate, he wanted to know.
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The confusion is exactly why the province must appoint a spokesperson in front of the public to regularly address sports-related COVID issues, he said.
“That go-to person, that one source, whether it’s the president of viaSport or the president of Sport BC, or someone from provincial health,” he said.
“It’s really frustrating because we want to be safe, and if there can be a very clear message saying, ‘Yes you have to stay closed until December 7th or January 1st, good, we can to face.
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