Recommendations from public health authorities
Sports federations and provincial recreation organizations are providing guidelines for their members regarding the resumption of activities by making these guidelines available to everyone in Québec.
Individuals who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool to find out which self-isolation instructions apply to them.
Individuals who are deemed to be close contacts of a person with COVID-19 must follow the appropriate instructions.
Best practices still include physical distancing measures and should be applied whenever possible, whether the sports or physical activities take place indoors or outdoors.
Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
Promote hand hygiene measures by providing the necessary materials (e.g. running water, soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, contactless garbage bins, disposable wipes) at strategic locations in facilities (at entrances and exits).
Respiratory etiquette means:
- cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue or the crook of your arm, and then wash your hands
- use single-use tissues
- immediately throw used tissues into the garbage
- use contactless garbage bins
- wash your hands frequently
- avoid touching your mouth or eyes with your hands
Basics of infection prevention and control (posters):
- Let's continue to protect ourselves! – COVID-19
- Washing hands, Simple and effective – Self-Adhesive Poster
Wearing a mask or face covering
- Wearing a mask or a face covering is still recommended when engaging in indoor sports activities.
- The mask may be removed if it hinders the practice of an activity (e.g. respiratory discomfort due to intensity of activity, wearing a protective helmet, safety).
- The mask can be removed if it is not providing any significant protection, such as when there is a large distance between players (e.g. badminton) or when practising a sport or activity outdoors.
- In a school or academic context, a procedural mask must be worn, except by children in preschool.
- Within associations or community groups, a mask or face covering remains mandatory at all times for persons aged 10 and over in situations other than those involving the practice of sports (e.g. in locker rooms, when circulating).
- In gyms, the face covering worn by the public must be a procedural mask.
Guidelines for managers of facilities
Owners and managers of indoor sports facilities (school, municipal or private) must implement reasonable measures to reduce the risks associated with the spread of the virus.
It is their responsibility to apply the recommended health measures. Owners and managers are asked to work in collaboration with the organizations concerned to make sure that these measures are being applied.
The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail has produced guides to ensure the safety of employees working in these facilities.
A reminder can be posted at entrances indicating that individuals must not enter the facility when they have symptoms or when they must self-isolate.
Frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, sinks, etc.) must be cleaned. The frequency with which facilities are cleaned and disinfected must be increased and adjusted based on the number of visitors. For more information, consult the COVID-19: Surface Cleaning and Disinfection document.
Gyms must be well ventilated to ensure proper air circulation. It is essential that ventilation systems are operating and maintained properly in accordance with the regulatory requirements for the type of establishment. It is also important to ensure that air flow is directed away from people.
- Workplace Sanitary Standards Guide for the Indoor and Outdoor Sports, Recreation and Open Air Activities Sector – COVID-19
- Arénas et centres sportifs – Mesures préventives de la COVID-19 en milieu de travail (available in French only)
- CNESST guide for organizing activities
- Preventive measures in SÉPAQ parks
Last update: March 31, 2022