COVID UPDATE (Stratford Minor Baseball Association)

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City of Stratford Release: As of today, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the province enters Step Two of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. 

 

Outdoor recreational amenities may open if they comply with the following conditions:

 

  1. Outdoor only (except limited circumstances which are not sports or recreational related)
  2. The number of spectators may not exceed 25% of the capacity of the spectator space. Where spectators are not from the same household, spectators must maintain physical distancing of 2m
  3. The total number of people at a facility (coaches, staff, players, spectators, etc) may not exceed the number that can maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres
  4. Sports must be modified to avoid physical contact, this includes activities such as; baseball catcher blocking the plate, soccer players running down the field shoulder to shoulder
  5. No league maximums, or restrictions between leagues
  6. Must record the name and contact information for every member of the public; participants and spectators
  7. Must actively screen all participants in attendance; spectators are to be passively screened (ie. signage posted)
  8. Mask and/or use of face coverings is required where physical distancing may be challenge and 2m cannot be maintained (excluding those playing when sport is played)
  9. League to create, and facility to review a safety plan for the league

 

The regulations are subject to change and it is possible that the chief medical officer of health will issue guidance that is more restrictive.




City of Stratford sent out the following message on May 21st:

As of tomorrow, May 22nd, sports fields are open for casual use only – maximum number of people allowed is 5.  League or team use is not permitted at this time.

Based on current trends in key health indicators, the government expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021Step One will permit the resumption of more outdoor activities with smaller, including but not limited to:

  • Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training up to 10 people.

Ontario will remain in Step One for at least 21 days. If at the end of those 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 per cent of adults with one dose and 20 per cent of adults with two doses and there are positive trends in public health and health system indicators, Ontario will move to Step Two (possibly the week of July 5).

Step Two will further expand outdoor activities and will resume limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place, including but not limited to :

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people
  • Outdoor sports and leagues

Ontario will remain in Step Two for at least 21 days. If at the end of those 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 to 80 per cent of adults with one dose and 25 per cent of adults with two and positive trends in public health and health system indicators continue, Ontario will move to Step Three (possibly the week of July 26).

Step Three will permit:

  • Outdoor gatherings with larger capacity limits;

Click here to view Ontario's Roadmap to Open


Baseball Ontario released the below statement on April 1st, 2021:

The Ontario government has announced that as of 12:01am, Saturday, April 3rd, the province is moving back to lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

As a result of this lockdown for at least the next four weeks, Baseball Ontario is suspending all in-person organized baseball activities, both indoor and outdoor, as of 12:01am, Saturday, April 3rd, 2021.

 

As long as the government lockdown continues, no such activity will be permitted.

 

Baseball Ontario will continue to monitor the situation and advise of any changes as they develop.

 

 

 

Baseball Ontario is committed to offering a meaningful baseball season in 2021 and is planning accordingly. We all depend on each other to adhere to the recommended safety protocols now, so that we can hopefully play baseball this summer.