Information current

July 10, 2020

We're in Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions. If you have non-medical questions, email covid19info@gov.yk.ca or phone 1-877-374-0425.

For medical questions or if you feel ill, phone 811, or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Sport and recreation guidelines: COVID-19

Please ensure that you have read and incorporated the recommendations from the 6 steps to staying safe into your planning as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH).

The 6 steps

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet)
  • Regular hand washing
  • Staying home when sick
  • Not gathering in groups of more than 10
  • Limit travel to rural communities
  • Self-isolating when required by CMOH orders and recommendations

Yukoners are seeking guidance on actions that enable sport organizations and activities to operate while lowering the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. It is important that those responsible for outdoor and indoor sport and recreation activities consider possible risks, then implement risk mitigation measures when re-opening or operating during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Overall, this guidance seeks to encourage sports and recreation organizing to restart non-contact activities in a safe and responsible manner while strongly recommending against the resumption of contact drills and gameplay.

For more sport specific guidelines refer to the PDF on sport and recreation.

Request a review of an event or activity

Event planners and recreational programmers can submit the detail of their activity and have it reviewed and approved by public health professionals. This review will determine the best approach to help organizations prevent the spread of COVID-19, while providing activities and entertainment for people of all ages.

Complete the form to request a review of an event or activity. 

Contact: 

For more information COVID-19 and the most update information on the Yukon situation visit yukon.ca/COVID-19 or call COVID-19 InfoLine at 877-374-0425 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week.

General guidelines
  • Where possible, follow guidance provided by your sport’s national governing body, so long as it meets all physical distancing, gathering orders and recommendations of the CMOH.
  • Social, recreational, or competitive sporting teams, groups and activities that operate without paid staff do NOT need to create an operational plan. However, it may be a useful tool for assessing planned activities. Operational plan templates can be found here.
  • Sports and recreation organizations that employ staff (for example, coaches, referees or coordinators) need to create an operational plan.
  • Sporting events (for example, tournaments, meets, and races, etc.) need to submit an operational plan for review whether or not they employ staff.
  • Within Yukon, coaches or facilitators travelling between communities should follow current guidance from the CMOH. It is important to honour the wishes of the municipalities and First Nations whose land you intend to visit. Check whether the local community or First Nation has requested that people refrain from visiting their community.
  • Coaches or facilitators travelling from outside of Yukon must adhere to all current border control measures.
  • These are public health guidelines. Organizers still need to consider other factors, such as requirements or advice from their insurance providers, when planning activities.
  • Public recreation centres and other communal facilities can be used only after they have undergone a structured risk assessment and mitigation process.
  • Public swimming pools are currently closed. Please regularly check yukon.ca/covid-19 for updates and relevant guidelines.
Permitted activities
  • Outdoor recreation and activities are permitted and encouraged, providing they follow the 6 steps to staying safe.
  • Activity that can be conducted by a solo participant/athlete or by pairs where at least 2 metres can be maintained between participants.
  • Indoor or Outdoor activity that can be conducted in small groups (of not more than 10 athletes per staff) and with adequate spacing (1 person per 4 metres squared).
  • Multiple groups of not more than 10 people may be present in the same area as long as there is enough space for proper physical distancing. If space allows, there is no limit on the number of groups permitted in a given area. Different groups cannot intermingle.
  • Some sharing of sporting equipment permitted such as kicking a football, hitting a tennis ball, use of a skipping rope, weights, mats, etc.
  • Non-contact skills training is permitted. Accidental contact may occur but no deliberate body contact drills. No wrestling, holding, tackling or binding.
  • Organize activities to minimize close interactions.
  • Activities in fitness studios and commercial gyms, including bootcamps, yoga, Pilates, dance classes (for example, barre, ballet, hip hop, not partnered, etc.), cycling spin classes are permitted if other measures are met.
  • Individual or group instruction must only be conducted with appropriate physical distancing of at least 2 metres, unless the individuals are from the same household.
  • Eliminate team huddles and the beginning and end of game fist-bump or handshake routines
Cleaning, hygiene and public health
  • Participants should be screened for COVID-19-like symptoms. Information on self-assessments can be found at yukon.ca/en/find-out-about-symptoms-covid-19.
  • Participants should not attend if they have any of the following symptoms: Cough, fever, shortness of breath, or a general feeling of being unwell.
  • If a participant develops any of these symptoms during the activity, they should leave immediately.
  • Organizers must provide hygiene education, supervised hand hygiene as appropriate, and hygiene supplies such as soap and water, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. Yukon.ca has hand washing posters available.
  • All common areas and high touch surfaces should be cleaned at the end of each day or if visibly dirty. Includes washrooms, common tables, desks, light switches, handrails and door handles.
  • Shared equipment should be disinfected after every use by a staff person and the cleaning should be documented. Some shared equipment that is touched less often, such as nets, can be cleaned when set-up or taken down, or at the end of each day.
  • ‘Get in, train and get out’ – be prepared for training prior to arrival at venue. Minimize the need to use or gather in change rooms, bathrooms.
  • The number of people using bathrooms and change rooms should be limited to ensure spacing and gathering requirements can be followed.
  • Minimise use of communal facilities (for example, gyms or courts) with limited numbers (groups of no more than 10 including athletes and staff). Have cleaning protocols in place for equipment and facilities. Follow spacing and gathering requirements especially when using indoor facilities.
  • Each participant should consume their own water and refreshments.
  • First aid attendants should use appropriate personal protective equipment.
Athletes with disabilities

Athletes require individualised consideration and assessment at all stages of a return to sport. Some athletes will have medical conditions that will require detailed planning and consultation with their regular treating medical team prior to a return to formal training and competition or at different stages of a return to sport.

Specific equipment (for example, wheelchairs or prostheses) may require regular cleaning.

Spectators, additional personnel

Separate spectators from athletes. Spectators should maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres and gather in groups of no more than 10.

  • Where possible, follow guidance provided by your sport’s national governing body, so long as it meets all physical distancing, gathering orders and recommendations of the CMOH.
  • Social, recreational, or competitive sporting teams, groups and activities that operate without paid staff do NOT need to create an operational plan. However, it may be a useful tool for assessing planned activities. Operational plan templates can be found here.
  • Sports and recreation organizations that employ staff (for example, coaches, referees or coordinators) need to create an operational plan.
  • Sporting events (for example, tournaments, meets, and races, etc.) need to submit an operational plan for review whether or not they employ staff.
  • Within Yukon, coaches or facilitators travelling between communities should follow current guidance from the CMOH. It is important to honour the wishes of the municipalities and First Nations whose land you intend to visit. Check whether the local community or First Nation has requested that people refrain from visiting their community.
  • Coaches or facilitators travelling from outside of Yukon must adhere to all current border control measures.
  • These are public health guidelines. Organizers still need to consider other factors, such as requirements or advice from their insurance providers, when planning activities.
  • Public recreation centres and other communal facilities can be used only after they have undergone a structured risk assessment and mitigation process.
  • Public swimming pools are currently closed. Please regularly check yukon.ca/covid-19 for updates and relevant guidelines.

  • Outdoor recreation and activities are permitted and encouraged, providing they follow the 6 steps to staying safe.
  • Activity that can be conducted by a solo participant/athlete or by pairs where at least 2 metres can be maintained between participants.
  • Indoor or Outdoor activity that can be conducted in small groups (of not more than 10 athletes per staff) and with adequate spacing (1 person per 4 metres squared).
  • Multiple groups of not more than 10 people may be present in the same area as long as there is enough space for proper physical distancing. If space allows, there is no limit on the number of groups permitted in a given area. Different groups cannot intermingle.
  • Some sharing of sporting equipment permitted such as kicking a football, hitting a tennis ball, use of a skipping rope, weights, mats, etc.
  • Non-contact skills training is permitted. Accidental contact may occur but no deliberate body contact drills. No wrestling, holding, tackling or binding.
  • Organize activities to minimize close interactions.
  • Activities in fitness studios and commercial gyms, including bootcamps, yoga, Pilates, dance classes (for example, barre, ballet, hip hop, not partnered, etc.), cycling spin classes are permitted if other measures are met.
  • Individual or group instruction must only be conducted with appropriate physical distancing of at least 2 metres, unless the individuals are from the same household.
  • Eliminate team huddles and the beginning and end of game fist-bump or handshake routines

  • Participants should be screened for COVID-19-like symptoms. Information on self-assessments can be found at yukon.ca/en/find-out-about-symptoms-covid-19.
  • Participants should not attend if they have any of the following symptoms: Cough, fever, shortness of breath, or a general feeling of being unwell.
  • If a participant develops any of these symptoms during the activity, they should leave immediately.
  • Organizers must provide hygiene education, supervised hand hygiene as appropriate, and hygiene supplies such as soap and water, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. Yukon.ca has hand washing posters available.
  • All common areas and high touch surfaces should be cleaned at the end of each day or if visibly dirty. Includes washrooms, common tables, desks, light switches, handrails and door handles.
  • Shared equipment should be disinfected after every use by a staff person and the cleaning should be documented. Some shared equipment that is touched less often, such as nets, can be cleaned when set-up or taken down, or at the end of each day.
  • ‘Get in, train and get out’ – be prepared for training prior to arrival at venue. Minimize the need to use or gather in change rooms, bathrooms.
  • The number of people using bathrooms and change rooms should be limited to ensure spacing and gathering requirements can be followed.
  • Minimise use of communal facilities (for example, gyms or courts) with limited numbers (groups of no more than 10 including athletes and staff). Have cleaning protocols in place for equipment and facilities. Follow spacing and gathering requirements especially when using indoor facilities.
  • Each participant should consume their own water and refreshments.
  • First aid attendants should use appropriate personal protective equipment.

Athletes require individualised consideration and assessment at all stages of a return to sport. Some athletes will have medical conditions that will require detailed planning and consultation with their regular treating medical team prior to a return to formal training and competition or at different stages of a return to sport.

Specific equipment (for example, wheelchairs or prostheses) may require regular cleaning.

Separate spectators from athletes. Spectators should maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres and gather in groups of no more than 10.