Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recreation

Updated September 22 2021

Curfew is from 12:30 am until 5 am daily and the below guidelines must be followed.

Bars and Nightclubs

Note: The owner or operator of a bar or nightclub must ensure that each customer permitted to use the indoor facilities has a valid SafeKey and presents it for verification to the appropriate official in the bar or nightclub.

  • Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted
  • Restaurants, bars, night clubs and sports or members clubs will be required to limit tables to no more than ten customers.
  • Space tables 6 ft apart.
  • Bar service will continue to be permitted but you must be seated. No standing at the bar.
  • Wearing face masks indoors continues (unless eating or drinking) to be required, and must be worn in crowded outdoor settings as well where a six feet physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • Staff must wear masks at all times for both indoor and outdoor venues.

For further guidance visit: Bar and Nightclub Guidance.

Dining

Note: The owner or operator of a restaurant must ensure that each customer permitted to dine indoors has a valid SafeKey and presents it for verification to the appropriate official in the restaurant.

  • Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted
  • Restaurants, bars, night clubs and sports or members clubs will be required to limit tables to no more than ten customers.
  • Space tables 6 ft apart.
  • Bar service will continue to be permitted but you must be seated. No standing at the bar.
  • Wearing face masks indoors continues (unless eating or drinking) to be required, and must be worn in crowded outdoor settings as well where a six feet physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • Staff must wear masks at all times for both indoor and outdoor venues.

For further guidance visit Indoor and Outdoor Guidance.

Gyms, Exercise Facilities, Health Clubs and Dance Studios

Note: The owner or operator of a gymnasium, gym or sports club must ensure that each person permitted to use the indoor facilities has a valid SafeKey and presents it for verification to the appropriate official in the gymnasium, gym or sports club.

  • Staff, personal trainers and patrons must wear a mask when indoors (unless leading a high intensity class/ training session)

For further guidance visit: Gyms, Exercise Facilities, Health Clubs and Dance Studios

Events and Gatherings

Note: The organizer of a large event/gathering must ensure that each person in attendance has a valid SafeKey and presents it for verification to the appropriate official at the event/gathering.

  • Gatherings are restricted to groups of no more than 20 people. 
  • The Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport may grant a large gathering exemption permitting more than 20 persons to assemble, provided appropriate physical distancing is maintained and relevant guidance is followed at all times.
  • The exemption may also be subject to additional conditions that the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport may impose.

For further guidance visit: Events and Gatherings guidance 

Sport and Return to Play Guidance

Note: The owner or operator of a gymnasium must ensure that each person permitted to use the indoor facilities has a valid SafeKey and presents it for verification to the appropriate official in the gymnasium.

Sport is currently in Stage 3. Stage 3 allows for competitive training for exercise and technical development.

For further information visit: Guidance for governing sporting bodies, affiliated clubs, teams and sporting events

Movie Theatres, Theatres, Museums, Libraries and Similar Places of Public Entertainment/Venues

  • The maximum number of persons permitted in venues is 50.
  • Masks must be worn indoors.

The following are minimum guidance from the Ministry of Health for all movie theatres and similar venues. Venues may adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all employees and customers: Movie Theatres, Theatres, Museums, Libraries and Similar Places of Public Entertainment/Venues

Parks, Beaches, Playgrounds and Golf Courses

All parks, beaches, playgrounds and golf courses are open.

Visiting Parks, Beaches, Playgrounds and Golf Courses Guidance: Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others (The Centers for Disease Control & Infection, 2019).

Personal Services

  • Barber shops, beauty salons, spas and massage therapists are permitted to provide services that require masks to be removed.
  • Staff must wear masks (covering their nose and mouth) at all times, including during treatment.
  • Customers must wear masks when indoors, except during services that require  masks to be removed.

For further guidance visit: Personal Services Guidance.

Pools

Click here to review the guidance regarding the operation of pools.

Religious Establishments, Weddings, Domestic Partnerships and Funerals

Indoor and outdoor religious services (other than funerals and weddings) are allowed and the maximum gathering size does not apply, although physical distancing measures may be applied. However:

  • Indoor and outdoor (graveside) funerals are allowed with a maximum of 20 persons plus the officiant and funeral home staff. - For an outdoor gathering limit exemption an application must be submitted to the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport.
  • Indoor and outdoor weddings and domestic partnerships are allowed with a maximum of 20 persons plus the officiant and photographer. - For an outdoor gathering limit exemption an application must be submitted to the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport.

For further guidance visit: Religious Establishments, Weddings, Domestic Partnerships and Funerals

Retail Stores

Retail stores may operate without any capacity limitation.

For furrther guidance visit: COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Stores.

Island Boats ‘Hire & Reward’

(As of September 17) No raft-ups will be allowed for any boats, whether recreational or commercial.

Note: The owner or operator of an Island boat that is to accommodate more than 20 people must ensure that each person permitted on the boat has a valid SafeKey and presents it for verification to the appropriate official on the boat.

  • Boats are permitted to operate at reduced ‘COVID-19’ capacity as advised by the Department of Marine & Ports.
  • For hire and reward customers there may be some pre-screening; including temperature taking and a questionnaire to collect contact information on each person for contact tracing record keeping. - (Note that although temperature taking is optional, collecting contact information for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes is mandatory).

For further information see: Guidance for Island Boats for Hire & Reward

Recreational Boating 

  • Boats are permitted to operate subject to the size of the vessel and the ability to maintain appropriate phyiscal distancing on board.
  • The maximum number of persons (excluding any crew) who may use a boat for recreational purposes is 20 persons.
  • No raft-ups or tying a boat to another boat for recreational purposes are currently allowed. 
  • A person may remain on a boat between 12:30am and 5am provided that:
    • the boat is moored, berthed or anchored in one place throughout that period during which time the boat will be the person's accomodation. 
    • no person shall use a boat at any time during the night-time curfew between 12:30am - 05:00am.
    • appropriate physical distancing is maintained and relevant guidance on other precautions followed at all times.

Animal Owners

COVID-19 remains a disease primarily spread by human-to-human transmission. There is no evidence of animals passing the virus to humans or contributing to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 amongst people, however, the following Guidance will provide Animal Owners with precautions to take should they contract COVID-19: COVID-19 Public Guidance for Animal Owners

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