Photo credit to Ultimate Canada
Team Nova Scotia wins silver at Canadian 4on4 Nationals in 2015
Effective 8am, April 28, 2021, Nova Scotia is going into a 2 week lockdown (to May 12). The lockdown is province-wide.
The lockdown means that sports stop, which includes practices, lessons, training and competition.
Indoor gathering limits are set to be just your household bubble, with the exception of households of 2 or fewer, who can meet up with one or two others, but must be the same people for the two-week period.
Relative to the ultimate return to play protocol, the next two weeks regresses us to before phase 1 throughout the province.
The full provincial news release is at novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20210427003
The provice released further sport restrictions due to covid, effective April 25 (8am) until May 20.
We remain restricted from play or even training in the HRM and the surrounding regions.
Beyond the HRM, we now have new restrictions:
We're also at the point where we need to keep any sport local. Travel for sport in the province is not considered an essential service. Stay local, stay safe.
The province announced new covid restrictions for the HRM and surrounding areas of Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum, and Trafalgar. The restrictions begin on the morning of Friday, April 23 and last for 4 weeks until May 20.
In short the announcement is that we:
Parks remain open so people can still exercise outdoor, subject to distancing and gathering limits.
Disc sport activities outside of the HRM should exercise caution, seeing the restrictions currently being set on the HRM due to increased covid case counts here.
The province has reviewed and accepted our return to play plans for ultimate and disc golf. Thank you to Halifax Ultimate and Pictou County Ultimate for their help in reaching the return to play plan. The ultimate plan is at discns.ca/images/PDFs/ReturnToPlay/DiscNS_Return_to_play.pdf and we are in phase 2. The disc golf plan was developed by the PDGA for disc golf. The PDGA plan is available online www.pdga.com/files/pdga_requirements_and_best_practices_during_covid-19_v2_0.pdf
The province has updated its FAQ on gatherings in the province. Page 5 in particular speaks to sport activities and indicates that skills and drills events can happen, with sufficient distancing. Planning official events still require us to comply with a return to play plan.
The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Nova Scotia can be found at novascotia.ca/coronavirus
Here is what the Government of Nova Sotia expects from Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) like DiscNS:
DiscNS does not say, nor does it want to say, how individual organizations run. Whether an informal group who get together, a not-for-profit organization, or a business, DiscNS doesn't speak to their non-sport activities or operations. If that group, organization, or business intends to run a disc-related sport event then the province looks to DiscNS to set the previously-mentioned parameters and suitability of the event. If a group, organization, or business expects to operate outside the PSOs for events then they should be applying to the province for special event permission.
Within the described framework, DiscNS acknowledges the typical local leagues and the regular MDGA competition series schedule as well-established "regular competition" in the province.
Feb. 19, 2021 6:40pm update: DiscNS looks to recognize "regular competition" as competition is presented to us. If you want to have sport something recognized as a "regular competition schedule", please send the summary of your organization's past events and the event plan to continue the regular schedule to DiscNS to review.