The province has pulled back on the sport restrictions that were announced on February 20 for the Halifax and surrounding area.

Quoting from the press release: "

The following activities will be allowed:

  • travel in and out of HRM and surrounding municipalities
  • participants and officials in performing arts and sports (recreational, amateur and professional) can gather in groups of up to 60 people without social distancing for rehearsals, performances, practices and regular competitive schedule

"

The 60 people allowed must include everyone on the field of play, including coaches and trainers.

The relaxing of restrictions in the HRM mean that it is a common set of restrictions across the province again.

The full press release and other links can be found below:

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Press Release: March 4, 2021

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Gathering Limits

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines

The following update has come from Sport Nova Scotia:

"We have received several questions about traveling throughout the province for sport activities. Nova Scotians are to avoid all non-essential travel within the province especially to and from the restricted areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality, up to and including Porter’s Lake and  the communities of Enfield, Elmsdale, Mount Uniacke and Hubbards. Please note that sport is not considered essential and travel in and out of the restricted areas is not permitted. These restrictions include those who would regularly travel to train."

Play in the Halifax Regional Municipality and its surrounds (up to and including Porter's Lake, Enfield, Emlstale, Mount Uniacke, and Hubbards) is being restricted as of February 27, 2021 at 8am until the end of Friday, March 26, 2021.  Specifically, quoting the provincial news release:  "sports practices and training and arts and culture rehearsals can have 25 people without physical distancing but there can be no games, competitions, tournaments or in-person performances and there can be no spectators" .  

The restriction also asks to limit non-essential travel, especially to and from the restricted areas of HRM, Hants, and Lunenburg counties.  This restriction would affect disc golf players who are looking to play on different courses.

Expect an update shortly from DiscNS on which phase of the return to play protocol for ultimate is in effect.

Links:

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Press Release: February 26, 2021

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Gathering Limits

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines

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. 

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about return to play.

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: 

  1. Current provincial sport boundaries allow for regular competition among a limited number players who regularly play among one another.  Play is to proceed under safe conditions.
  2. The province looks to the PSOs to determine which events constitute a regular competition schedule within the region or province.  It looks to the PSO to provide clarity around who the regular competition players would be.  It also looks for the PSO to define safe play conditions, like cleaning discs, style of play, any schedule format requirements, and so on.

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. 

If you have any questions on the role of the PSO relative to ultimate or disc golf in the province, please contact Mike McAllister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sport Nova Scotia for clarifications.

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.