In accordance with the guidelines issued as part of the progressive regional alert and intervention system (COVID-19), indoor and outdoor sports and recreational activities that are carried out individually or in groups as well as all other outdoor activities are now permitted in regions located in green, yellow and orange zones. Team sports games and matches may take place, provided that they respect the guidelines from the public health authorities.

All indoor sports and recreational facilities as well as all outdoor public spaces (e.g. outdoor public or private pools, workout equipment open to the public and play structures in public parks, including splash pads) are also permitted in regions located in green, yellow and orange zones.

The public health guidelines vary in accordance with the alert level of each region

For the regions located in red zones, no organized sports or recreational activities are permitted to take place as of October 8. This means that group activities and supervised sports or physical activities are not allowed. Only activities that are carried out individually or in pairs (physical distance must be respected) and individual training are allowed. Wearing a face covering is not mandatory during physical exercise. All competitions are suspended, whether organized by schools, associations or private leagues, even for individual sports. In addition, indoor sports facilities may remain open for individual activities, but dressing rooms may not be used or accessed, except to use the washroom. Physical fitness rooms and centres are closed.

The following are examples of situations that apply in red zones:

  • Rinks may remain open for individual, unorganized and contactless activities (e.g. free skating).
  • Friendly or competitive games or matches are not permitted, whether organized by schools, associations or private leagues.
  • Tennis activities may be carried out in pairs (e.g. singles match with two players), provided these activities are informal and physical distancing rules are respected.
  • Curling games are not permitted, but informal practice activities carried out individually or in pairs are allowed, provided health guidelines are respected.
  • Yoga is only allowed if carried out individually, as all organized group activities and gatherings are prohibited.

The health measures to follow (available in French only) (PDF 512 Kb) as well as the public health authority guidelines concerning the resumption of indoor and outdoor physical and sports activities must also be respected at all times. Those responsible for a swimming pool or other artificial pool must ensure the quality of the bathing water.

Combat sports

IMPORTANT: Regions at the maximum alert level (red zone) must respect additional public health guidelines. As of October 8, only activities that are carried out individually or in pairs (physical distance must be respected) and individual training are allowed.

Matches in combat sports (e.g. karate, taekwondo, boxing or judo) may resume in accordance with the recommendations by the public health authorities. However, competitions are still not permitted. Various adjustments are necessary, such as creating small, stable training groups of no more than four individuals in order to limit close contact with other individuals who are not part of the group. Matches must be short, as must any exercises involving direct contact. The 2-metre physical distancing rule must be respected at all times, except during matches themselves. Competitions are currently not permitted.

Participants must be aware that their behaviour outside of sports activities can affect the health of their training partners, just as it may affect the health of their family, friends and entire community. The health guidelines must be respected at all times. Anyone who shows symptoms or has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 must call 1-877-644-4545 and follow the instructions provided.

Health measures

The health measures to follow (available in French only) (PDF 512 Kb) as well as the public heath authority guidelines concerning the resumption of indoor and outdoor physical and sports activities must also be respected at all times. Those responsible for a swimming pool or other artificial pool must ensure the quality of the bathing water.

Owners and managers of facilities and organizations responsible for organizing activities will be implementing hygiene and protective measures in order to comply with the parameters set by the public health authorities.

Sports federations and provincial organizations will develop guidelines for their members regarding the resumption of activities. These organizations have worked in collaboration with the Ministère in order to develop guidelines tailored to their respective fields and disciplines. 

Site managers may limit the number of clients admitted, or even close a site, to ensure compliance with the recommendations issued by public health authorities. In addition, the CNESST has produced the Workplace Sanitary Standards Guide for the Indoor and Outdoor Sports, Recreation and Open Air Activities Sector – COVID-19 This hyperlink will open in a new window. to ensure the safety of employees working in facilities that are permitted to open.