Corona Virus/Covid 19 Update May 5th 2020

How does Basketball fit with the Governments Plan to Re-Open Saskatachewan

With Phase 1 of the provinces Re-open plan beginning this week we wanted to touch base with our members to provide some clarity on where the game of basketball falls within the governments plan.  Communications with SaskSport lead us to believe that Basketball could be reintroduced with restrictions between Phase 3 and Phase 5, all of which are listed as TBD on the timeline.  It is important to understand that during phase 3 and phase 4 social distancing restrictions will still be in place.   This means that individual skill work can happen but players will need to be able to do so in their own “space” and with no physical contact or sharing of equipment.

Based on what has happened with the Phase 1 opening we do expect more detailed information/guidelines to come out as we approach the start of each upcoming phase.

Phase 1 – no access to public indoor or outdoor facilities. Players are encouraged to practice their individual skills but should be doing so in their houses, yards etc.

Phase 2 – no access to public indoor or outdoor facilities. Players are encouraged to practice their individual skills but should be doing so in their houses, yards etc.

Phase 3 – Opening of Gyms and Fitness Facilities – our understanding is that this is in reference to fitness centres as opposed to gymnasiums.  That being said some fitness centres might also have a gymnasium on site.  Some of these facilities may open their gymnasiums but social distancing restrictions will still be in place.  Players could now have access to courts but only to work on individual skills with their own equipment.  We are waiting on word on whether they consider a hoop to be a piece of equipment that shouldn’t be shared.

Phase 4 – Opening of Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Facilities – Players could now have access to indoor and outdoor courts but only to work on individual skills with their own equipment (operators of facilities will have the right to still restrict access if they deem it not safe to use).

Phase 5 – Lifting of Certain Long Term restrictions like size of gatherings or social distancing restrictions.

Please note that these our current interpretations of the plan based on guidance from the Government and SaskSport and if information is provided that would change our understanding we will provide that to our members.

We understand that physical activity and sport are important components to being able to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but we must balance that with the understanding that the long term health and wellness of those around us depend on us following the guidelines provided by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Stay Safe and Healthy Saskatchewan!

Megan Penno
Executive Director
Basketball Saskatchewan