Bringing sports back to Ottawa — slowly but surely

Lisa MacLeod, the minister of heritage, sports, tourism and culture industries, said in a press release Friday that the province will be easing restrictions on professional sports training facilities

Ottawa’s sports teams will continue to be in limbo when it comes to using arenas and stadiums as training facilities, Mayor Jim Watson says.

Lisa MacLeod, the minister of heritage, sports, tourism and culture industries, said in a press release Friday that the province will be easing restrictions on professional sports training facilities.

However, the City says it will feel safe when the health department gives the City the green light, and only then will the City feel safe to allow large gatherings at such facilities.

“Obviously if we have 25,000 to 30,000 in a facility, we’re going to have to be well passed the all clear sign from our health department before that kind of a massive gathering takes place.”

“Our top priority remains the health and safety of all Ontarians,” MacLeod said in a statement Friday.  “As we prepare for a safe and gradual reopening of the economy, we have been working closely with public health experts and our professional sport teams to prepare for a return to play when it is safe to do so.”

Those facilities she says will be permitted to reopen, provided their respective sports leagues have established health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19.

“While it is imperative to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19, we need to carefully and cautiously begin to reopen the economy,” she said. “This is a critical sector for Ontario as sport represents more than $12.6 billion to Ontario’s economy and thousands of jobs across the province.”

“We look forward to seeing our athletes return to play in the not-too-distant future,” MacLeod added.


Dennis G. Lipson

Dennis G. Lipson

Dennis G. Lipson

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