The province announced on January 3 that due to sharp rise in COVID-19 case numbers, Ontario would temporarily move to a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, which includes:
- Closing indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues.
The province will return to the modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days (until at least January 26, 2022), subject to trends in public health and health system indicators.
Therefore, effective Wednesday, January 5 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario Basketball is pausing all activities and programming in response to the above provincial mandate. This will affect all upcoming Ontario Basketball League (OBL) games, sanctioned tournaments, affiliated club and team activities (practices, training, etc.), and coaching clinics scheduled through at least Wednesday, January 26.
The Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA), Ontario Basketball’s elite high school league, has been given special designation from the Ontario government as an elite amateur sports league under the reopening framework. High performance staff are awaiting further return-to-play framework details from the Chief Medical Officer of Health to determine if safe resumption of the league is possible, and if so, what additional measures will be required.
Additional communication regarding the gradual resumption of basketball activities and exiting the modified Stage Two will be shared at a later date.
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