By Ontario Volleyball, 07/16/21, 4:00PM EDT
The Government of Ontario entered Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopening Plan on Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m.
The transition to Step 3 means a further lifting of restrictions across multiple industries, including sport and recreation. The biggest change when moving into Step 3 is that indoor volleyball is now permitted.
In accordance with the Government regulations, the following can now occur:
For a snapshot of what is permitted in Step 3, please view the updated OVA Return to Play Reference Guide.
For outdoor volleyball, masks continue to be required and always worn by all individuals/participants, except by athletes while on court during training and competition. Athletes must wear a mask when they are not active on the court. Individuals attending the training, league or event are permitted to remove a mask or face covering temporarily to consume food or drink, or as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety and if 2m of physical distancing is maintained.
For indoor volleyball, masks are to be always worn by all individuals/participants. The exception applies to athletes who are highly recommended to wear masks during on-court activity; however, they are not required to.
The OVA has released the Step 3 Return to Play Protocols (RTP). This document reflects the modifications to volleyball as per the Government regulations which now includes regulations for indoor volleyball.
The safety plan introduced in Step 2 is still required. It must be created to accommodate the current regulations in Step 3 for each event (training or competition) and for each facility that the club or event organizer uses.
The OVA is hosting a Town Hall on Tuesday, July 20 to discuss the Step 3 Protocols with the OVA community.
To register for this session, please click on the button below.