[COVID-19 UPDATES] Boxing Ontario Response Page



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!


July 16, 2020


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



July 8, 2020


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.


July 4, 2020


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


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.


May 29, 2020


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.



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. 


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, 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.




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


May 22, 2020


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.


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.




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.


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


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.


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


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.


[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. 


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.  


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! 



Jennifer Huggins, Boxing Ontario
President | Provincial Official
3-Star AIBA International Boxing Referee/Judge

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

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Scarborough, ON M1N 2G2

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