Thursday, April 22, 2021 COVID-19 Update
Today the Province announced that they would be making changes to the Nova Scotia Public Health Regulations. These changes will come into effect 8:00 am tomorrow morning and be in place until at least Wednesday, May 20. Please read the information below carefully, as regulations differ by location.
Within HRM & Hubbards
Sports practices and training, and arts and culture rehearsals are no longer permitted. This includes games, competitions, and tournaments, and in-person performances. This also includes school sports and school gym rentals.
Indoor fitness facilities like gyms and yoga studios, and sport and recreation facilities like pools, arenas, tennis courts and large multipurpose recreation facilities will also be closed. Outdoor fitness and recreation businesses can operate with 25 people and physical distance. We will provide more clarity as it becomes available.
People should avoid traveling into and out of HRM and Hubbards and the following communities: Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum and Trafalgar unless it is absolutely necessary. Necessary travel includes school, work, and medical appointments. Shopping, social events, sport practices/games, and family visits are not considered necessary.
Outside of HRM & Hubbards
Gathering limits without social distancing for participants and officials in organized performing arts and sports (recreational, amateur and professional) can gather in groups of up to 75 people without social distancing for rehearsals, performances, practices, and games within their regular competitive schedule. Spectators are permitted at 50 percent of the venue’s capacity up to 100 indoor and 150 outdoor.
Please note that tournaments and competitions (outside HRM and Hubbards) are only permitted when playing against teams or participants that would play each other during their regular competitive schedule. Tournaments or competitions that bring together people who do not regularly play one another (including try-it clinics) are not permitted.
What does this mean for soccer?
Clubs, teams and leagues in the restricted zones will not be permitted to operate in any Soccer Nova Scotia sanctioned activities, including training, practices, development sessions, tryouts/ placement sessions, games or tournaments, while these restrictions are in effect.
Participants who live in the restricted Zones:
Participants who live in the restricted zones, HRM and Hubbards are not permitted to participate in any sanctioned soccer activity while these restrictions are in effect. Participants included players, coaches, manager and officials. We are aware that soccer participants may regularly travel out of their home region to participate in sanctioned soccer activity with another club, team or league. This travel is paused until the restrictions ease. I.e A player who lives in Dartmouth and is registered with Valley United, is not allowed to travel to the Valley for any soccer activity.
Soccer Nova Scotia offices
Effectively immediately, Soccer Nova Scotia staff will be required to work from home whenever possible for at least until May 20.
For the most up-to-date information about gathering limits, please visit the Government of Nova Scotia website.