In early January 2020, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization officially named this novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19 (first referred to as 2019-nCoV). COVID-19 is caused by a new strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 that had not been previously identified in humans prior to January 2020.
Human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 has been confirmed. Current evidence suggests that spread most commonly occurs when there is prolonged and close contact (within two metres or six feet for 15 or more minutes) between people. Public health officials in Canada and Manitoba are focused at this time on containing the disease (i.e., reducing the potential spread of COVID-19 to people in the community and decreasing the virus' impact on the community). As the situation continues to evolve, international health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), as well as Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, continue to monitor, gather information, assess risk, and respond to the evolving situation.
Return to Play
Cheer Manitoba's Return to Play committee has been working tirelessly to navigate the Government of Manitoba's response to Covid-19 in Manitoba and create our approved Return to Play Cheerleading Guidelines document which was modelled after the "RestartingMB Pandemic Response Plan". This plan will remain in place until further notice and better fits our needs as a sport as we get through this pandemic. We hope it provides more clarity to each program/school as to what the future holds around what everyone will and won't be approved to do based on how our province navigates our risk levels. As you read through the plan you will see that there are general expectations that must be adhered to at all times that do not change and there are additional items that do vary based on the identified risk level for the community in which the program/school is located. (Please note this is not based on where people live, but where the Program/School is located)
The plan is designed to fluctuate with the varying risk levels identified and enforced by the government so everyone has confidence in what required steps need to be taken if their community area changes levels. As a program/school you have the ability to add additional protocols & safety practices to the ones outlined but cannot reduce or disregard the ones listed unless you receive specific approval from Cheer Manitoba.
We ask that everyone take time to review this RTP in detail to ensure all content is understood. In an effort to ensure accountability by all in following these protocols, you may be asked by Cheer Manitoba at any time for any reason to provide documentation and proof of your program/school's adherence to these protocols. Some required details are not specifically listed in all areas of the RTP as they will directly follow the provincial directives (capacity requirements, etc.) and we want to ensure everyone is aware that any provincial directives for our sector supersede the RTP.
Current risk Response
Winnipeg - Caution
RM of Headingley - Caution
RM of Ste. Anne - Caution
RM of Macdonald - Caution
We recognize that staying up-to-date on these changing guidelines and regulations can be challenging for our industry. To stay up to date with the Province of Manitoba’s announcements and their impacts, we recommend the following:
Check the Covid-19 Updates page on the Government’s website daily for any updates and changes.
Make sure to check out the Cheer Manitoba News Page for important information.
Follow the Government of Manitoba on Facebook and check their page daily.
Visit the Cheer Canada Covid-19 Resources page for National information.