COVID-19 Baseball Manitoba Update
The health and safety of people in sport, including players, coaches, umpires, spectators, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Baseball Manitoba. Considering ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, and in support of recommendations from Manitoba Health and Sport Manitoba, Baseball Manitoba is continuing the suspension of activities issued on April 20, lasting until at least May 30, 2020.
We would like to clarify the Province of Manitoba's Pandemic and Economic Road for Recovery announcement on April 29, which referenced a Phase 1 “opening of some Outdoor Recreation Facilities” on May 4 and Phase 2 return of "non-contact children's sports" as early June 1. Phase 1 and 2 do not include the sport of baseball. Please know that local governing bodies may open baseball fields to the public, under restrictions, however Baseball Manitoba sanctioned activities remain suspended as stated above. The term "non-contact sport" refers to a sport or activity that always involves no physical contact with other players or competitors, meaning that contact is not generally possible within the rules of the sport. As such and with the current Manitoba Health regulations in place, the sport of baseball will remain suspended.
Finally, please understand that Baseball Manitoba Staff and Volunteers are continuously developing guidelines that will help baseball “Return to Play” under future Manitoba Health Guidelines. This Return to Play document will need to be approved by the Province of Manitoba before sanctioned baseball activities will resume. This means that accidental insurance coverage for Baseball Manitoba Members is not currently in place. It is important to note that the information released in Baseball Manitoba’s April 20 COVID-19 update still applies until at least May 30, 2020.
We will continue to update our membership and the public as new information is received.
Jason Miller – Executive Director
Tony Siemens - President