Everything to know about the return of varsity sports & recreation at Queen’s

OUA announces return to training, ARC updates Jan. 31 re-opening guidelines

Training for both OUA athletes and students will resume after Jan. 31.

Both varsity athletes and recreationally active students have lots to look forward to following recent return-to-sport announcements from Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Athletics and Recreation (A&R).

On Jan. 21, the OUA announced updated timelines for training and competition, stating that varsity teams can return to training on Monday, Jan. 31, with league-based competition re-commencing on Feb. 9.

The OUA’s return to training protocols follows the Ontario government’s gradual easing of public health measures announced on Jan. 20. Effective Jan. 31, non-spectator and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms, can re-open at 50 per cent capacity indoors.

Additional information regarding league scheduling and championships updates will be provided to teams when it becomes available.

On Queen’s campus, the ARC will welcome students and members back at 50 per cent capacity on Jan. 31.

To access the ARC, students and members will be required to reserve locations in advance and indicate which activity they plan to do prior to doing so. There is a one timeslot per-day per-person limit. During gym sessions, attendees are permitted to move between rooms and floors freely.

In addition to government-issued ID, students and members will be required to provide government-issued proof of vaccination, completion of the SeQure app’s self-assessment tool, and a COVID-19 symptom screening card upon entry.

The University-issued “green checkmark” will no longer serve as a sufficient form of vaccination proof for ARC entry.

Masks will be required at all times, including during physical activity. Students are also expected to continue adhering to social distancing measures and capacity limitations.

The ARC’s pool facilities will also open at 50 per cent capacity, and students and members must reserve swim lanes ahead of time. Racquet courts will also be open on a timeslot basis.

Starting Jan. 31, the ARC will facilitate a drop in rec-sport play, and students can reserve a time to play without the structure of established teams.

Winter intramurals are tentatively scheduled to resume on Feb. 29. More information will become available to team captains via IMLeagues in the near future.

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