On May 14, 2020 Premier Ford announced modifications to the restrictions related to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. This is great news for all of us, as we enter Stage 1 of Ontario’s re-opening over the next week or so.
Training for cross country skiing, as an individual sport is included in this phase and MUST include a Return to Play Protocol. XCSO is currently working on a Return to Play protocol which will follow the Emergency Order guiding this stage of Ontario’s re-opening. The specific Emergency Order is not published yet and we expect this to be available sometime today or over the weekend. This information is critical to developing a comprehensive Return to Play Protocol and we ask that clubs and teams maintain the status quo until we have this in place. It is also important to note that the return to training will be done in phases and clubs should start to think about those potential phases and how to best implement public health guidelines with respect to COVID-19 in your training environment. There will be a multi-level phased approach to get back to “regular” activity.
The choices each of us makes in the days ahead will be reflected in how the 2020/2021 season will unfold for the entire Ontario ski community. We encourage everyone to be mindful of that as we move forward.