[IMPORTANT] ALL TRAVEL PERMITS SUSPENDED

December 1, 2020

Dear Boxing Ontario Members,

Please be aware of the following information provided by our National Sports Organization (NSO), Boxing Canada:

Boxing Canada will not endorse any travel for Interprovincial OR International training or competitions.

Furthermore, no insurance coverage will be afforded if unauthorized travel were to occur and disciplinary action could be brought forward.

We were trying to work with other provinces to create travel opportunities prior to this information coming, and we will continue to work hard to create safe opportunities both locally and abroad.

Please keep updated with the latest Boxing Ontario COVID Updates as the situation continues to evolve. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the situation.

Stay Well and Stay Safe.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors | Boxing Ontario

 

[ACTION REQUIRED] WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

We need your help as we continue the fight to re-open gyms affected by the Grey Zone lock down mandate. As you’re aware, with each new legislation, the Boxing Ontario Board Members and the COVID Task Force have worked tirelessly to help keep sanctioned gyms safely operational. The provincial government removed Boxing Ontario’s ability as a provincial sport organization to allow our members to operate safely and effectively in Grey Zone regions.

Please consider sending a letter to your local MPP voicing your concerns. We have prepared a sample letter which you can download, fill out, and send.

Thank you for your support!


 

IMPORTANT COVID LOCKDOWN UPDATE

November 23, 2020

Attention all members,

We have reviewed the Ontario Government’s most recent COVID-19 announcements, documents, and legislation.

As of 12:01 this morning, an amendment occurred which does significantly affect our clubs in the GREY ZONE.

With this amendment, ALL CLUBS MUST CEASE BEING OPEN for any training.  This must occur immediately.

We are very disappointed in the changes to the legislation, which have removed our ability as a PSO to allow our members to operate safely and effectively, and will voice this to the Ontario Government at all opportunities. If you would like to voice your concerns, please consider contacting your local MPP.

With the closure of clubs, the following financial and other supports may be of use to you:

We do understand the negative impact this will have on you, your clubs, staff, and members, however, there is no way to avoid this.

If you require more information or specific support, please email kocovid@boxingontario.com

Further information: O. Reg. 654/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 1

Be safe and well,

Prepared by:
Boxing Ontario COVID-19 Task Force


[IMPORTANT COVID UPDATE] – LOCKDOWN & ZONE CLARIFICATION

November 22, 2020

Attention all members,

We have reviewed the Ontario Government’s most recent COVID-19 announcements, documents, and legislation.

Included (below) is a package which summarizes our position(s) and also provides support for you to open safely in any zone. It is expected your club and members follow all requirements of the province and also of your local government or public health. This information is current, however, subject to change if legislative amendments are made.

Download here: Boxing Ontario Framework Package – Nov 22

You will have to be current with which zone your area is in; this information can be found here.

Also you must print (in colour) and post the complete attachment package and also have multiple printed copies available at your entrance. This will allow you to educate members, the public, law enforcement, and public health enforcement.

If you require more information or specific support, please email kocovid@boxingontario.com

Be safe and well,

Prepared by:
Boxing Ontario COVID-19 Task Force


 

[UPDATE] – COVID-19 RESPONSE FRAMEWORK

Referencing Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open

Ontario has moved to a colour coding system to determine restrictions in specific regions. As such, Boxing Ontario is providing the following support and information points for you to open and maintain a safe environment in your club.

1. All participants in boxing activities must be registered with Boxing Ontario; this ensures liability protection for the club, coach and other members.

2. There is no current way for Boxing Ontario to reference all regions and provide reports to members. Please reference your local PUBLIC HEALTH for the “colour” of your specific area.

3. Below is specific information on the requirements, allowances and restrictions in place for each colour. Please ensure your club and members are meeting these: KO COVID – COVID 19 RESPONSE FRAMEWORK_NOV 7

If you require more information or specific support please email: kocovid@boxingontario.com

Prepared by:
Boxing Ontario COVID-19 Task Force


[MEETING MINUTES] – BOXING ONTARIO EMERGENCY MEMBERS MEETING

October 16, 2020

Emergency Members Meeting
Thursday, October 15
9:15 pm – 10:15 pm

Meeting Called By: President (Jennifer Huggins), COVID Taskforce (Fred Ten Eyck)

Attendees: Boxing Ontario Board of Directors
Joined by 43 Boxing Ontario members in attendance of the live session

Topic: Explanation of Government Legislation
(Presented By: Mike Williamson, Fred Ten Eyck, Jennifer Huggins)

View the full pdf version of the minutes here: 15Oct2020_Boxing Ontario_Minutes_Emergency Member meeting

Discussion Points

Opening Words From Jennifer Huggins:

  • Thank you for taking time to attend and/or follow up on the minutes from Boxing Ontario’s emergency member meeting. Please thoroughly review and contact us with any questions or concerns.
  • Following the announcement of “Modified Phase 2” in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Regions, we called this meeting to ensure our members have the correct information and resources.
  • It’s important that not only our Members have the correct information, but also that we help educate our community.
  • We need to continue to keep the community safe, protect the sport of boxing and work together to navigate the situation.
  • Mis-information, fear and anger cannot be our driving force as we forge forward.
  • Social media has become a tool to share opinions and, in many cases, conflicting information. Let’s keep our communication consistent, clear and from the source. If members have specific concerns, it’s important we constructively share these through the correct channels (see contact and chain of communication on last page)
  • Boxing Ontario will continue to release the most updated information via our Update Page: Boxing Ontario COVID Updates

2021 Registration Now Online

  • All Boxing Ontario registration and payment is available online on our site: Forms & Handouts (see last page for direct links)
  • PDF forms will not be accepted, for those clubs who have collected forms from members, please submit these through the portal. (… discussion continued below)

 

O. Reg. 263/20: Rules For Areas In Stage 2 — October 13, 2020(e-Laws currency date)

  1. (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (5), facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities, including gymnasiums, health clubs, community centres, multi-purpose facilities, arenas, exercise studios, yoga and dance studios and other fitness facilities, may open if they comply with the following conditions

 

  1. Indoor fitness (ie. cardio-based activity), exercise or dance classes must not be provided. (See page 3 for more details).
  2. Any areas containing weights or exercise machines must be closed.
  3. The total number of members of the public permitted to be in a class, organized program or organized activity at the facility cannot exceed 10 people and each class, organized program or organized activity must take place in a separate room.
  4. No spectators are permitted.
  5. Any person who enters or uses the facility must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person who is using the facility.
  6. Team sports must not be practised or played within the facility, with the exception of training sessions for members of a sports team that do not include games or scrimmage games.
  7. Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other must not be practised or played within the facility.
  8. Subject to subsection 19 (2), any locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses in the facility must be closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid.
  9. Any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of users of the facility must be cleaned and disinfected between each use.
  10. Activities that require the use of equipment or fixed structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between each use must not be practised or played within the facility. (… discussion continued below)
  • Following Boxing Ontario’s “Return to Training Protocols” is mandatory
  • Social Circles are paused for entire province (as of Oct. 2)
  • ALL Boxing Ontario Clubs must not engage in any close contact activity including sparring and pad-work (with the exception of family members living in the same household)
  • Boxing Ontario clubs operating in Modified Stage 2 regions are not permitted to offer fitness programs (cardio-based exercise). Technical-based training for 10 or less may be provided indoors (including staff) [25 or less outdoors]

FAQs

In Stage 2 regions, what’s our allowance inside vs. outside?
Clubs may continue to have 10 participants inside and 25 outside.

Can we do pad work or sparring anywhere in Ontario?
Under current legislation, social circles are paused and all interactions must occur minimum 6 ft from others. The only exception is family members from the same household.

How can we avoid problems arising from misinterpretation from Community, Public Health and Bylaw?
On exterior of location, post all updated documentation and Boxing Ontario notices clearly for the pubic to avoid misinformation and confusion.

Other

IMPORTANT NOTE: Boxing Ontario continues to monitor the situation and work with authorities to help clarify legislation. Please note that the above notes are the interpretation to the best of our abilities through the advice of our sports consultants and legal opinions obtained. As new information becomes available, clarification and adjustments will be made to the above discussion presented.

Important Links and Contacts:

Please stay informed and in direct communication with your local public health.


[UPDATE] – MODIFIED STAGE 2

October 14, 2020

Dear Boxing Ontario Club Owners,

As the number of new COVID cases continues to rise, the province is taking decisive action to prevent and stop the spread of the virus and avoid future lockdowns. These new restrictions were adopted through the amended order Referencing O. Reg. 572/20 Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

Targeted measures have been implemented in Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto as a result of their higher than average cases:

  • Reverting to a modified “STAGE 2”.

As such, Boxing Ontario is providing the following support and information points for you to remain open and maintain a safe environment in your club.

Points below are now REQUIRED even in this stage and these are referred to as “MUST or SHALL” other points are optional and are referred to as “SHOULD”:

1. All participants in boxing activities MUST be registered with Boxing Ontario; this ensures liability and negligence insurance coverage. Also required under Boxing Ontario Bylaws ARTICLE VI REGISTRANTS AND ASSOCIATES.  We are “training” athletes who are members of Boxing Ontario and therefore there is a recognized allowance in the amended legislation.

2. All persons inside a club MUST wear a face covering (which covers mouth and nose) unless training in fitness activities.

3. Clubs SHALL only open under their previously approved STAGE 2 requirements.  If the club was not approved by, Boxing Ontario they MUST remain CLOSED. (See below regarding KO-COVID Return to Training Seminars).

4. Any areas containing weights or exercise machines MUST be closed.

5. A distance of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between persons SHALL be maintained:
a) The above is not required for persons from the same household.

If you require more information or specific support, please email kocovid@boxingontario.com.

Prepared by:
Boxing Ontario COVID-19 Task Force.

KO-COVID Return to Training Seminar & Emergency Member Update Meeting

All clubs in Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa must complete, or have previously completed, an online KO-COVID Return to Training Seminar to continue operations/re-open. Boxing Ontario will be relaunching these seminars for all clubs who have not applied for approval. We recommend that clubs in all regions complete the seminar if you have not already done so.

The first seminar will take place on Thursday, October 15th @ 8pm on Zoom. A minimum of one registered Boxing Ontario Member/Club Representative is required to attend. Whoever is attending the session must read the COVID-19 “Return to Training” Requirements package in its entirety prior to the seminar.

An Emergency Member Update Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 15th @ 9:15pm on Zoom (after the Return to Training Seminar)

To help navigate the legislation and answer any questions still outstanding, we would like to invite all clubs and coaches to attend our Q&A portion of Thursday’s meeting following the seminar tomorrow (Q&A will begin at 9:15 pm).


[IMPORTANT UPDATE] – MODIFIED STAGE 2

October 13, 2020

 

Referencing O. Reg. 364/20 and “A Framework for Reopening our Province STAGE 3”

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR BOXING ONTARIO SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

 

Dear Boxing Ontario Club Owners,

As the number of new COVID cases continues to rise, the province is taking decisive action to prevent and stop the spread of the virus and avoid future lockdowns. These new restrictions were adopted through the amended order O. Reg 364/20 (Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario [A Flexible Response to COVID-19] Act, 2020). They include mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions, including corrections and developmental services.

Targeted measures will also be implemented in Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto as a result of their higher than average cases

  • Reverting to a modified “STAGE 2”.

In addition, the government is:

  • Pausing social circles and advising that all Ontarians allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household

As such Boxing Ontario is providing the following support and information points for you to remain open and maintain a safe environment in your club.

Points below are now REQUIRED even in this stage and these are referred to as “MUST or SHALL” other points are optional and are referred to as “SHOULD”:

1. All participants in boxing activities MUST be registered with Boxing Ontario; this ensures liability and negligence insurance coverage. Also required under Boxing Ontario Bylaws ARTICLE VI REGISTRANTS AND ASSOCIATES.

2. All persons inside a club MUST wear a face covering (which covers mouth and nose) unless participating in fitness activities.

3. “Social Circles” SHALL cease; Boxing Ontario will NOT endorse or allow sparring or other similar training at this time.

4. Clubs located in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto SHALL only open under their previously approved STAGE 2 requirements. If the club was not approved by Boxing Ontario they MUST remain CLOSED. Referencing O. Reg. 263/20.
Note: (See below for more on Return to Training Seminars)

5. The club SHALL review their local (regional) governmental and/or public health requirements and ensure compliance.

6. The club SHALL have in place a policy document(s), including:
a. Screening processes for illness of ALL PERSONS (Including staff and volunteers) entering the club.
b. A plan for communication with local public health as needed.
c. A plan on how to allow a “symptomatic” person who was refused entry to re-attend.
• ​Recommended: The person will have to confirm they have a negative COVID test or are able to return from a medical doctor.

7. The club SHALL track ALL persons entering and leaving; records SHALL be kept and accessible for 28 days.

8. The club SHOULD have signage inside and/or outside which includes the following messages:
a. Limiting the number of persons in the facility to the current regional or governmental requirement.
b. Relating to hygiene practices, which are in effect.
c. Pre-screening for symptoms of illness with instructions NOT TO ENTER.
d. Other signage as required by local Public Health or any level of government.

9. A distance of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between persons SHALL be maintained:
a) The above is not required for persons from the same household.
b) Focus pad training or other training which requires person to be closer SHALL cease.

10. Common equipment (bags, skipping ropes, etc.) and areas MUST be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

11. The club SHOULD complete deep cleaning, waste removal and disinfection or sanitization of all open areas at least once in a 24 hr period.

12. Food/drink preparation or serving areas SHALL meet “safe food handling” industry norms as well as O. Reg. 364/20 as applicable.

If you require more information or require specific support, please email kocovid@boxingontario.com.

Prepared by:
Boxing Ontario COVID-19 Task Force
Boxing Ontario Board of Directors

 

Return to Training Seminars are Back!

 

All clubs in Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa must complete, or have previously completed, an online KO-COVID Return to Training Seminar to continue operations/re-open. Boxing Ontario will be relaunching these seminars for all clubs who have not applied for approval. We recommend that clubs in all regions complete the seminar if you have not already done so.

The first seminar will take place on Thursday, October 15th @ 8pm on Zoom. A minimum of one registered Boxing Ontario Member/Club Representative is required to attend. Whoever is attending the session must read the COVID-19 “Return to Training” Requirements package in its entirety prior to the seminar.


[MODIFIED STAGE 2] – RETURN TO TRAINING SEMINARS

 

ATTENTION BOXING ONTARIO CLUBS:

Premier Doug Ford announced that Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa moved to a “Modified Stage 2” as of 12:01am October on 10, 2020. Previously under Stage 2, Boxing Ontario, as a Provincial Sport Organization, approved member gyms to re-open upon completion of a “KO-COVID Return to Training Seminar”.

All clubs in Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa must complete, or have previously completed, an online KO-COVID Return to Training Seminar to continue operations. Boxing Ontario will be relaunching these seminars for all clubs who have not applied for approval. We recommend that clubs in all regions complete the seminar if you have not already done so.

The first seminar will tentatively take place on Thursday, October 15 on Zoom. A minimum of one registered Boxing Ontario Member/Club Representative is required to attend. Whoever is attending the session must read the COVID-19 “Return to Training” Requirements package in its entirety prior to the seminar.

Upcoming seminar dates:

  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – Register here
  • More seminars will be posted

Contact the KO COVID Task Force at kocovid@boxingontario.com with any questions or concerns as you navigate the Modified Stage 2 Protocols.


[COVID UPDATE] – MODIFIED STAGE 2

October 9, 2020

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Premier Doug Ford announced today that Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa will be moving to a “Modified Stage 2” at 12:01 am October 10, 2020.

Previously under Stage 2, Boxing Ontario, as a Provincial Sport Organization (PSO), did approve member clubs to open. As it stands there has been no modification presented to this clause. However, we are continuing to monitor this announcement, and more information will be released as it becomes available tomorrow and throughout the next week.

All gyms must follow Boxing Ontario’s Stage 2 Requirements.

Thank you for your continued support in the safety of our sport and community.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors | Boxing Ontario


[IMPORTANT] – COVID-19 STAGE 3 UPDATE

October 2, 2020

 

Referencing O. Reg. 364/20 and “A Framework for Reopening our Province STAGE 3”
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR BOXING ONTARIO SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

 

As the number of new COVID cases continues to rise, the province is taking decisive action to prevent and stop the spread of the virus and avoid future lockdowns. These new restrictions were adopted through the amended order O. Reg 364/20 (Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario [A Flexible Response to COVID-19] Act, 2020). They include mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions, including corrections and developmental services.

Targeted measures will also be implemented in Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto as a result of their higher than average cases

  • Restricting group exercise classes at gyms and other fitness settings to 10 individuals, as well as restricting the total number of people allowed at these facilities to a maximum of 50

“With Ontario’s recent alarming growth in the number of COVID-19 cases, our government is taking further action to help stop the spread of the virus and avoid future lockdowns,” said Minister Elliott. “These are difficult, but necessary decisions that are being made to keep people safe, especially our seniors and vulnerable citizens. Everyone must follow the public health guidelines if we are going to stop the spread and contain the second wave.”

This amended order will come into effect on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

In addition, the government is:

  • Pausing social circles and advising that all Ontarians allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household

As such Boxing Ontario is providing the following support and information points for you to remain open and maintain a safe environment in your club.

Points below are now REQUIRED even in this stage and these are referred to as “MUST or SHALL” other points are optional and are referred to as “SHOULD”:

1. All participants in boxing activities MUST be registered with Boxing Ontario; this ensures liability and negligence insurance coverage. Also required under Boxing Ontario Bylaws ARTICLE VI REGISTRANTS AND ASSOCIATES.

2. All persons inside a club MUST wear a face covering (which covers mouth and nose) unless participating in fitness activities.

3. “Social Circles” SHALL cease; Boxing Ontario will NOT endorse or allow sparring or other similar training at this time.

4. Clubs located in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto SHALL limit class sizes and total capacity as above.

5. The club SHALL review their local (regional) governmental and/or public health requirements and ensure compliance.

6. The club SHALL have in place a policy document(s), including:
a. Screening processes for illness of ALL PERSONS (Including staff and volunteers) entering the club.
b. A plan for communication with local public health as needed.
c. A plan on how to allow a “symptomatic” person who was refused entry to re-attend.
Recommended: The person will have to confirm they have a negative COVID test or are able to return from a medical doctor.

7. The club SHALL track ALL persons entering and leaving; records SHALL be kept and accessible for 28 days.

8. The club should have signage inside and/or outside which includes the following messages:
a. Limiting the number of persons in the facility to the current regional or governmental requirement.
b. Relating to hygiene practices, which are in effect.
c. Pre-screening for symptoms of illness with instructions NOT TO ENTER.
d. Other signage as required by local Public Health or any level of government.

9. A distance of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between persons SHALL be maintained:
a) The above is not required for persons from the same household.
b) Focus pad training or other training which requires person to be closer SHALL cease.

10. Common equipment (bags, skipping ropes, etc.) and areas MUST be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

11. The club SHOULD complete deep cleaning, waste removal and disinfection or sanitization of all open areas at least once in a 24 hr period.

12. Food/drink preparation or serving areas SHALL meet “safe food handling” industry norms as well as O. Reg. 364/20 as applicable.

If you require more information or require specific support, please email kocovid@boxingontario.com.

Prepared by:
Boxing Ontario COVID-19 Task Force
Boxing Ontario Board of Directors

View the original release here: KO COVID Oct 2

[UPDATE] – NEW SCREENING REQUIREMENTS FOR ONTARIO WORKPLACES

September 30, 2020

A new requirement for all businesses in Ontario to screen employees for COVID-19 before entering the workplace is now in effect. This change was made over the weekend and was not broadly communicated.

An amendment was made to Ontario Regulation 364/20 “Rules for Areas in Stage 3” under the Reopening Ontario Act, which requires all places of business to comply with the advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals.

At the same time, the Ministry of Health issued a COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Business and Organizations). The Tool provides screening questions for employees and visitors seeking to enter the place of business.

This means that each Ontario workplace must now pro-actively screen employees and visitors for COVID-19 prior to entry into the workplace each day. This does not apply to people working from home. This became effective September 26th.

As always, Boxing Ontario recommends contacting your local public health unit for further recommendations or clarity.

If you require more support, please email kocovid@boxingontario.com


[KO-COVID] – KO-COVID TASK FORCE UPDATE ON COVID-19

September 30, 2020

Ontario has seen significant increases in COVID-19 cases over the last number of days. There currently is an open letter to the government from a number of doctors to go backwards and restrict gatherings and organizations from being open.

Boxing Ontario and the Boxing Ontario KO-COVID Task Force have worked diligently to ensure our members have the most up-to-date information and supports. Currently we know of no outbreaks related to our member clubs. If we as a whole follow sound practices and ensure that COVID-19 is not introduced to our facilities it will ensure a safer place for all.

If there is a regulation for “gyms” to close or revert to Ontario Stage 2, be sure we are here to support you and ensure your facilities can remain open safely.

With the above said, please continue to monitor your local area and ensure you are following all required health and safety processes. If you need guidance or have questions please reach out to kocovid@boxingontario.com.

TEAM BOXING ONTARIO!

Fred Ten Eyck
Secretary Boxing Ontario


[RETURN TO TRAINING] – BOXING ONTARIO APPROVED CLUB LISTING

The following clubs have been certified to safely “Return to Training” under the COVID Task Force Protocols. Thank you to the listed clubs for working hard to make boxing a safe place!


[REMINDER] – IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDERS FOR TRAINING

August 24, 2020

Please review the below recommendations for pad work/personal training and social circles. It’s critical to follow these guidelines in order to keep our boxers, coaches and community safe!

SAFE FOCUS PAD TRAINING PROTOCOLS

Focus Pad or similar work can be considered “Personal Training” and as such:

  • Physical distancing need not occur, however…
  • All involved persons should wear a face mask (covering the mouth and nose) when closer than 2m.
  • The pads would have to be disinfected/sanitized between athletes.

Photo courtesy of C.O.A.D.E.S Boxing Academy

As always, Boxing Ontario recommends contacting your local Public Health Department for further support, recommendations or clarity.

View the full Boxing Ontario Personal Training recommendations

Do you have questions about pad work, personal training, or do you require more support? Please email kocovid@boxingontario.com

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EDUCATE YOUR COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS
– A Note from Jennifer Huggins, President of Boxing Ontario – 

With the increased use of social media, you may notice your fellow coaches, boxers, and friends posting unsafe practices. While these recommendations are geared towards our members, it’s important to continue to educate in and outside of our Boxing Ontario Family. The safety protocols outlined are not only meant to keep our boxers and coaches safe, it’s important we all do our part to keep the community safe and reduce any chance of spread.

Please share our KO COVID Task Force recommendations with your networks, and feel free to have them contact us directly with any questions or concerns. We are happy to help guide members and non-members alike to ensure the continued safety of our sport and community. I realize that these times can feel very limiting, however, if we stay on track we will be back in action as we work toward a safe return to competition.

Thank you for your continued support.

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COVID-19 SOCIAL CIRCLE RECOMMENDATIONS

A member organization may implement SOCIAL CIRCLES. Utilizing “social circles” does not eliminate the risk or transmitting COVID-19, and a plan should developed, agreed upon, and signed by all members involved. Please see the full recommendations and a sample agreement below:

View the full Boxing Ontario Social Circle recommendations.

If you require more information or specific support please email: kocovid@boxingontario.com

Prepared by:
Boxing Ontario COVID-19 Task Force
Boxing Ontario Board of Directors

 


[UPDATE] – COVID-19 PERSONAL TRAINING RECOMMENDATIONS

July 20, 2020

Boxing Ontario has reviewed related Ontario Government COVID-19 Stage 3 information and currently makes these recommendations to our members:

1. Focus Pad or similar work can be considered “Personal Training” and as such:

  • Physical distancing need not occur.
  • All involved persons should wear a face mask (covering the mouth and nose) when closer than 2m.
  • The pads would have to be disinfected/sanitized between athletes.
  1. As always, Boxing Ontario recommends contacting your local Public Health Department for further support, recommendations or clarity.

View the full Boxing Ontario Personal Training recommendations

Should you have questions or require further support please email: kocovid@boxingontario.com


[UPDATE] – COVID-19 SOCIAL CIRCLE RECOMMENDATIONS

July 20, 2020

In order for a member organization to implement “SOCIAL CIRCLES”, the following must be considered and/or occur.

  1. A “SOCIAL CIRCLE” is a term used by the Government of Ontario to allow groups of people to interact without physical or social distancing rules.
  2. Please realize that utilizing a social circle does not eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission and could be considered a riskier activity.
  3. A social circle plan must be developed and agreed upon by all persons involved (as per the Government of Ontario information).
  4. If one (1) member of the social circle becomes ill or test positive for COVID-19 all members should isolate and seek testing. In addition, communication with the local public health is recommended.
  5. All members of a “SOCIAL CIRCLE” should fill out the Boxing Ontario “Social Circle Agreement” or a similar agreement (as per the Government of Ontario Information).
  6. At no time shall the total size of a social circle exceed the number allowed by government or public health regulations.
  7. For further reference: https://www.ontario.ca/page/create-social-circle-during-covid-19
  8. It is recommended that the local Public Health be contacted to ensure this meets their requirements.
  9. An example of a working social circle (of 7 people) is as follows:

– Athlete A
i. Athlete A’s life partner; who the athlete lives with.
– Athlete B
i. Athlete B’s mother; who the athlete lives with.
ii. Athlete B’s father; who the athlete lives with.
iii. Athlete B’s sister; who the athlete lives with
iv. Athlete B’s partner; who the athlete has close contact with.

View the full Boxing Ontario Social Circle recommendations.

If you require more information or specific support please email: kocovid@boxingontario.com

Prepared by:
Boxing Ontario COVID-19 Task Force
Boxing Ontario Board of Directors


[PHASE 3] – MEMBER UPDATE FOR RETURN TO TRAINING

July 16, 2020

ATTENTION ALL BOXING ONTARIO CLUB OWNERS:

Ontario has moved to STAGE 3 “RECOVER” in many areas. As such, Boxing Ontario is providing the following support and information points for you to open and maintain a safe environment in your club.

Referencing O. Reg. 364/20 and “A Framework for Reopening our Province STAGE 3”

Points below are REQUIRED even in this stage and these are referred to as “MUST or SHALL”. Other points are optional and are referred to as “SHOULD”:

1. All participants in boxing activities must be registered with Boxing Ontario; this ensures liability and negligence insurance coverage. Also required under Boxing Ontario Bylaws ARTICLE VI REGISTRANTS AND ASSOCIATES.

2. The club shall have an up to date EAP.

3. The club shall review their local (regional) governmental or public health requirements and ensure compliance (Many areas have mask regulations in place).

4. The club should participate in the Boxing Ontario Return to Training webinar and seek approval to open. A new Stage 3 program is complete.

5. The club should have in place a policy document(s), including:

a) Daily opening and closing check processes.
b) Screening processes for illness of persons entering the club.
c) Cleaning, sanitizing/disinfection timelines, equipment and products.
d) PPE requirements.
e) A plan for communication with local public health as needed.
f) A plan on how to allow a “symptomatic” person who was refused entry to re-attend. (Recommended: The person will have to confirm they have a negative COVID test or are able to return from a medical doctor.)

6. The club should track ALL persons entering and leaving.

7. The club should have signage inside and/or outside which includes the following messages:

a) Limiting the number of persons in the facility to the current regional or governmental requirement.
b) Relating to hygiene practices, which are in effect.
c) Pre-screening for symptoms of illness with instructions NOT TO ENTER.
d) Other signage as required by local Public Health or any level of government.

8. A distance of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between persons should be maintained:

a) If this is not possible individuals shall wear a mask (face covering) which covers the mouth and nose.
b) The above is not required for persons from the same household or common social circle.
c) “Social Circles” shall be developed if advanced training is wanted (i.e. sparring). (Please contact kocovid@boxingontario.com for assistance in creating these.)
d) The club shall refer to the BOXING ONTARIO GUIDELINES & RECOMMENDATIONS document to determine if this is possible.

9. Common equipment (bags, skipping ropes, etc.) and areas must be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

10. The club should complete deep cleaning, waste removal and disinfection or sanitization of all open areas at least once in a 24 hr period.

11. Food/drink preparation or serving areas shall meet “safe food handling” industry norms as well as O. Reg. 364/20 as applicable.

If you require more information or specific support please email: kocovid@boxingontario.com

Prepared by:
Boxing Ontario COVID-19 Task Force
Boxing Ontario Board of Directors


 

[UPDATE] – CITY OF TORONTO MASK BYLAW

July 8, 2020

ATTENTION ALL BOXING ONTARIO CLUBS:

Upon review of the Toronto bylaw on masks, we also determined there are other areas of the province with mask orders in place (either bylaw or public health order).

Currently we have found the following municipalities with related orders:

• Toronto
• Durham
• Waterloo
• Peel
• Kingston
• Windsor-Essex County
• Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
• Lennox and Addington County
• Frontenac County
• Middlesex-London (on public transit and where physical distancing is not possible)
• Prescott-Russell
• Leeds and Grenville
• Lanark
• Renfrew County
• United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
• Sudbury-Manitoulin
• Nipissing District

It is important for you as a member club to find and follow the related orders as your approval from Boxing Ontario states:

20. The organization shall conform to related local Public Health requirements as applicable.

This clause would include the requirements to meet any health-related bylaw.

Please send orders or bylaws to kocovid@boxingontario.com for review and to support you.


[UPDATE] – CITY OF TORONTO MASK BYLAW

July 4, 2020

ATTENTION ALL BOXING ONTARIO CLUBS:

We have received information on the new City of Toronto “mask bylaw” which is referenced on our copy as BY-LAW 541-2020. With this bylaw passed there are key things ANY member club must comply with in the City of Toronto. Please review the full release here: Toronto Mask Bylaw.


[NOTICE] – RETURN TO TRAINING UPDATE WITH BOXING ONTARIO

June 12, 2020

Return To Training Update With Boxing Ontario

Boxing Ontario President Jennifer Huggins and Chair of the KO COVID Task Force, Fred Ten Eyck were on location at Kingsway Boxing Club today to talk about the Return to Training seminars and safety protocols that can prepare boxing gyms across the province to reopen responsibly and safely. 🥊

Posted by Boxing Ontario on Friday, June 12, 2020

 

Boxing Ontario President Jennifer Huggins and Chair of the KO COVID Task Force, Fred Ten Eyck were on location at Kingsway Boxing Club today to talk about the Return to Training seminars and safety protocols that can prepare boxing gyms across the province to reopen responsibly and safely.


[NOTICE] – KO-COVID RETURN TO TRAINING SEMINAR

May 29, 2020

ATTENTION ALL BOXING ONTARIO CLUBS:

All clubs returning to operation must complete one of the KO-COVID “Return to Training” Seminars before opening. A minimum of one registered Boxing Ontario Member/Club Representative is required to attend. Whoever is attending the session must read the COVID-19 “Return to Training” Requirements package in its entirety prior to the seminar.

Upcoming seminar dates:

Contact the KO COVID Task Force (kocovid@boxingontario.com) with any questions or concerns as you navigate the re-opening of your clubs.

 


[NOTICE] – PHASE 2: MEMBER UPDATE FOR “RETURN TO TRAINING”

June 10, 2020

With the Ontario Government’s announcement of “A Framework for Reopening our Province: Phase 2: Restart — Stage 2”, we have reviewed the document which can be found here.

The following is information we can provide to you based on the review:

1. Going forward, Ontario will be opening based on regional guidelines.

  • This means your Regional (or local) Public Health may develop specific needs of your facility and we ask that you watch for these.
  • Your facility MUST comply with any region-specific needs to remain approved under the Boxing Ontario Return to Training.

2. Gatherings of persons – here is a direct quote from the document:

“Public & Social Gatherings
Regardless of where you live in Ontario, social gathering limits will be expanded to up to 10 people. People must still practice physical distancing, by keeping at least two metres away from others outside of their direct household. This change to social gathering size will apply to people across the province, regardless of whether their region has moved into Stage 2.”

What this means for your club:

  1. All other portions of the Boxing Ontario “Return to Training” plan MUST remain in place.
  2. You can allow 10 persons TOTAL in your facility as of FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020.
    • The 10 persons includes athletes, coach(s), and other staff or volunteers.
  3. If you cannot accommodate “Physical Distancing” you must lower your club access number to one at which you can.

We have had many clubs successfully approved to open, and now they are moving forward.

⚠️ IMPORTANT NOTES:

Boxing Ontario Memberships

As outlined in the “Return to Training” protocols, every participant who returns to your club must have or apply for current Boxing Ontario membership (Recreational or Competitive). It is the club’s responsibility to submit recreational memberships. Please DO NOT have your clients call the office. Direct all members to the form on our website (we are working to digitize this).

No Hand Targets or Physical Contact Training

It has been brought to our attention that many coaches continue to work pads with their boxers and even post this on social media. Unfortunately, with the physical distancing and safety protocols laid out by the Ontario Government, this activity is not permitted. We ALL need to respect the guidelines in order to safely return to training and gain the public trust.

Please email kocovid@boxingontario.com for more information or if you have questions.


COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTRE

COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, is a serious public health concern. Businesses and communities will be at the forefront dealing with a multitude of COVID-19-related issues, which could cause severe business disruptions. Businesses are advised to prepare contingency plans to manage the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in North America and around the world.

COVID-19: REPUTABLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Health

Business

Mental Health

  • DCO you can find a listening ear for lonely, depressed, and/or suicidal people, usually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Distress Centres (DC’s) across Ontario
  • Canada’s only 24/7, professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people: Kids Help Phone
  • The Big White Wall Mental Health Community: The Big White Wall

[NOTICE] – OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON SAFE SPORT PROTOCOLS AND RETURN TO SPORT

May 22, 2020

ATTENTION ALL BOXING ONTARIO MEMBERS AND CLUBS: 

We hope everyone is staying healthy and active, especially with the weather warming up. Please take some time to fully review Boxing Ontario’s Official Statement On Safe Sport Protocols and Return To Sport. As we prepare for our clubs and members to return safely to the sport of boxing, it will be crucial that we are all part of this process.

ACTION REQUIRED: IMPORTANT UPDATE

Boxing Ontario is conducting an assessment of the process to enable a safe return to sport and at this time does not endorse any club opening for boxing activities. If a club chooses to participate in boxing activities this would be in contravention of the above clause and any insurance or legal support afforded by Boxing Ontario would be void.

Boxing Ontario has created a COVID-19 Task Force and this group is tasked with ensuring a safe return to sport will occur in an efficient and timely manner and to also provide support to our members.

READ FULL STATEMENT FROM BOXING ONTARIO

 

RSVP NOW: VIRTUAL MEMBER MEETUP: KO-COVID TOWNHALL

An all-member virtual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 28 at 8:00pm
Please plan to attend receive up to date information and participate.
RSVP NOW


[NOTICE] CREATION OF THE BOXING ONTARIO COVID-19 TASK FORCE

May 15, 2020

With the implementation of Phase 1 of Ontario’s Re-Opening Plan, it is important that we reiterate that boxing is not currently included in this phase. However, Boxing Ontario is lobbying the Government to move our status forward.

With the plan to reopen, Boxing Ontario has now created the COVID-19 Task Force to support the membership and organization with the safe return of boxing in the province.

An email has been created for you or any concerned persons to ask questions, seek supports, or provide information. Please address all communications regarding the pandemic and reopening plan(s) or questions to: kocovid@boxingontario.com

NEXT STEPS

At this time the group will be focusing on a number of priority items which are:

  1. Recommending best practice for club access.
    • Screening resources for staff, visitors and athletes.
  2. Recommending best practice for cleaning and disinfection.
    • Timelines for cleaning.
    • Recommended product types.
    • Recommendations on personal hygiene.
  3. Recommended signage for posting outside and inside clubs.
  4. Recommended training:
    • What can be done.
    • Adjusting training to meet athlete needs.
    • What cannot be done.
  5. Liaising with medical and health & safety specialists to determine other needs.
  6. Work with the Financial Committee to provide all economic supports available to members.

The overarching goal of this task force is to provide support and answers to clubs, athletes and members during the reopening period.

VIRTUAL MEMBER MEETUP: KO-COVID TOWN HALL

An all-member virtual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 28 at 8:00 pm

Please plan to attend, receive up-to-date information, and participate.

RSVP NOW << please fill out the form on this registration page.


[COVID-19 Update] Important Member Event Notices

APRIL 28, 2020

Dear Boxing Ontario Members!

We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this time. We have a number of virtual events on the horizon to keep us all engaged, connected, and involved. It’s important that you RSVP to ensure you are sent the login information. Spots are limited, so please reserve your spot at least 48 hours before the workshop date.

May 2: Boxing Ontario Officials Virtual Refresher Workshop
May 3: Meet & Greet with Boxing Ontario Female Development Committee
May 5: Complimentary Virtual Boxing Mobility Workshop
May 16: 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

View the full e-newsletter here.


[RECORD] Boxing Ontario Virtual Officials Refresher Course – May 2020


Understand the rules, understand your tools, know how to use them well and know that developing respect for the sport will carry you a long way.

It was great to spend a couple of hours with officials from across the province, helping to refresh their #boxing IQ to ensure we are as prepared as the athletes when competition resumes 👊

Hosted by Jennifer Huggins and Tommy Amaral, this was an informative session focused on the fundamentals of Olympic Style judging. The session was finished off with a fun Q&A with GB Boxing’s Chris Roberts (3-Star AIBA Referee and Judge).

View Full Course Record


[COVID-19 Update] YOU’RE INVITED – THIS FRIDAY APR. 3 AT 7:30 PM BOXING ONTARIO MEMBER MEETUP

Dear Boxing Ontario Members and Community:

We realize that the past few weeks have been very challenging, to say the least. It’s times like these that we need to come together with our boxing community, help each other and grow stronger.

Boxing Ontario is looking forward to hosting our first member meetup session on Friday April 3 at 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The purpose of these meetings will be to help bring the boxing community together, also to provide important resources and ideas that will help our membership navigate the new reality we find ourselves in.

RSVP NOW


[COVID-19 Update] A Note From Boxing Ontario

MARCH 23, 2020, 1:30 P.M. (EST)


Dear Boxing Ontario Members and Community:

As we are all aware, COVID-19 continues to impact our boxing family, communities locally and around the globe. Like all of us, the Boxing Ontario Board is concerned for those impacted by these events and are doing our part to help stop the spread of the virus.  We have been and remain in constant contact with the Government of Ontario for updates and instruction. Additionally, we continue to work closely with our partners to ensure a safe and supportive transition through this challenging time.

CALL TO ACTION:

In an effort to quickly and effectively combat the spread of the virus, on March 17th the Government of Ontario announced that it was taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency. With the declaration of an emergency, non-essential establishments were legally required to close effective immediately.  This includes all facilities providing indoor recreational programs; public libraries; schools as defined in the Education Act; licensed childcare centres; bars and restaurants, and theatres.

With these critical actions the Federal and Provincial governments have started implementing strategies to not only protect the health of its citizens but also to support the economic infrastructure we all depend upon. The spread of COVID-19 poses a challenge to not only our health but also Canadian businesses. With the situation continuing to evolve, we suggest that you continue to monitor the media centre of both the provincial and federal governments for information non how to receive support.  We have included some important links below.

WHAT NOW?

Like many of you, I personally had to close my gym with no timeline for when we will be able to reopen our doors. We’re all faced with challenges which feel overwhelming and uneasy to say the least.

The Board wants to stay connected to our clubs and the boxing community at large.  In that context, we will be delivering appropriate updates to our members that can be accessed remotely. Additionally, Boxing Ontario will continue to develop revised plans for all events and programs that have been canceled or postponed to date.

True to its nature and in the best spirit of the sport, the Boxing Ontario community has developed incredibly creative, fun and heartwarming contributions to help keep everyone active during this difficult time. Please continue to tag the Boxing Ontario social media accounts on any post so we may share and inspire our boxing family as they make their way through this challenging time.  The positivity has been inspiring and so very powerful! to continue fighting their way through the pandemic.

These are extraordinary circumstances and we thank you for your positivity, patience and understanding. A special thanks to all of the Boxing Clubs for your continued support. We are truly grateful and lucky to have you in the family.

Stay safe and take care of yourself and others!

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Huggins, Boxing Ontario
President | Provincial Official
3-Star AIBA International Boxing Referee/Judge
board@boxingontario.com
W. www.boxingontario.com

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Boxing Ontario Announces All Sanctioned Events Suspended Until Further Notice

BY BOXING ONTARIO | MARCH 12, 2020, 10:10 P.M. (EST)


In light of recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and after extensive consultation with medical experts, legal counsel and on the recommendations of Boxing Canada, Boxing Ontario is suspending all sanctioned events until further notice.  This is a very difficult decision given we are in the midst of Golden Gloves tournaments and entering the qualification timeframe for the 2020 National Championships; however Boxing Ontario’s greatest concern is for the health and safety of all boxers, coaches, officials and physicians.

Affected Sanctions Include:

  • All boxing galas (regional and provincial). The Golden Gloves Provincial Championships are therefore postponed for the moment.
  • Cancellation of events outside the province (competitions and training camps)
  • Coaching/Officiating courses
  • Training or evaluation camps
  • Boxing Ontario AGM
  • 2020 National Championships: View Boxing Canada Statement

Boxing Ontario will review as circumstances evolve and more information becomes available and provide an update to membership as we receive it from the ministry and our NSO.

We have been referred to a dedicated COVID-19 Resource Centre that provides information about the various implications of COVID-19 on businesses and their workforces, as well as key contacts should you have specific questions.

We recommend that club owners and members regularly check their public health websites for updated information regarding COVID-19. You can find a link to your local public health unit using the following site: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx

All clubs will be able to reschedule their sanctions at later dates. Boxing Ontario will not accept any new sanctioned event requests until further notice. Refunds will not be given at this time, but you may reschedule your show for a later date once the suspension is lifted.

Clubs and Gyms may continue training, however, they should limit participation to boxers and coaches, and discourage folks who “want to watch” to help reduce the risk of spreading the Coronavirus.

As a reminder, please remember these helpful instructions for your local clubs and gyms.

1. If sick, please stay home

2. Clean gym equipment/space thoroughly and often

3.  Wash hands often with warm soapy water for 20 seconds

4. Avoid shaking hands, and try not to touch the face, eyes, or nose

5. Follow good personal hygiene after every boxing practice, including showering with soap and water and washing uniforms after use.

We thank you for your patience in this matter.

Yours in Boxing Ontario,

Boxing Ontario Public Relations
E. pr@boxingontario.com
W. www.boxingontario.com
3701 Danforth Ave.
Scarborough, ON M1N 2G2