Ontario Regulations (O.Reg 520/21) related to Step 3 of Roadmap to Reopen have now been released by the Province of Ontario and staff are working quickly with York Region public health officials to review updated regulations to determine changes to outdoor activities.

High level restrictions for Step 3 that community sport organizations and community users seeking permitted use of outdoor facilities need to abide by are as follows:  

  • Sports with contact can resume
  • For information related to team and league capacities, please refer to the Return to Play guidelines that most closely resembles the sport your organization plans to pursue. Return to Play guidelines are outlined below:
  • Every outdoor spectator must maintain a distance of at least two metres from every other person
  • Any shared use equipment must be cleaned and disinfected in between each use
  • Permits holders utilizing an outdoor sportsfield must:
    • Actively screen individuals participating in sport before they enter the facility. The COVID-19 self-assessment tool can be utilized to complete this requirement,
    • Record the name and contact information of every member of the public who enters the facility,
    • Maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and
    • Only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law.

Facilities now open: 

  • Outdoor grass and turf soccer fields
  • Baseball and Softball diamonds
  • Rugby pitches
  • Cricket fields

Additional rental permit criterias:

  • You obtain insurance coverage through the City of Markham and/or provide coverage through your insurance provider
  • You follow all health and safety protocols established by the Province of Ontario and York Region Public Health
  • You follow all Return to Play protocols established and/or provided to your group that is most closely related to your sport. To obtain a Return to Play protocol that most closely resembles your sport, please connect with our customer service representative.
  • You have reviewed, acknowledged and signed all City of Markham waivers, indemnification and contract conditions related to COVID-19 prior to taking the field.

For outdoor sports field inquiries, please email us at rentalpermits@markham.ca.


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