Minor sports gradually return with restrictions

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HALIFAX: Sport Nova Scotia (SNS) says minor sports will slowly start to gear back up over the summer, however, they won’t look the same as they have in the past.

The organization said with the province slowly re-opening, organizers are overcome with joy to see sports returning for kids, even if it’s in smaller numbers.

On a smaller scale, organizations are starting to pick-up where they left off and offer programming, with both provincial and community sport groups ensuring the programs are safe and in accordance with public health regulations.

While individual sports have different regulations, currently all sports must operate within groups of 10 without physically distancing and groups of 50 with physical distancing. It’s encouraged the groups of 10 stay consistent.

“Each plan is phased in, so depending on the sport, different sports have a different number of phases, depending on their amount of contact and the way they currently operate, but each plan was reviewed on a phased-in stage,” a spokesperson for SNS said. “As restrictions become eased across the province – the organizations are allowed to then move into their phases der their already-reviewed plan.”

Sport Nova Scotia highlighted all of the diligent work completed by provincial and community sport groups, along with municipal recreation departments, in preparing local facilities to be ready to host sports while still following the most recent public health protocols.