COVID-19 Communication

 

 

September 29, 2021

Hello HSSC Players,

As many of start or get ready to start your indoor Fall sport leagues, we have a few reminders to share with you as we navigate the next chapter surrounding indoor and outdoor sports.

1) Proof of Vaccination: By order of the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health, proof of vaccination will be required for all indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments (participants and spectators).

Starting Monday, October 4th, 2021, you must be fully vaccination (2 doses + 14 days) to play in HSSC leagues and programs (indoor and outdoor).

  • HSSC participants must show a government issued photo ID along with your proof of vaccination (printed or digital copy). You will not be allowed to enter the facility if you fail to show both of these documents.
  • Medical Exemptions:  People who receive a medical exception for COVID-19 vaccination receive a Valid Medical Contraindication for COVID-19 Vaccination letter. You need to present the letter anywhere in Nova Scotia proof of full vaccination is required.
  • Please bring your proof of vaccination and ID every week - you are required to show this each week.

2) Continuing Mask Mandate: All players must wear a mask during your arrival/departure from the facility, and when not playing (including sidelines and player bench). You are not required to wear a mask while playing your sport, however, you may wear one if you wish. Immediately after completing your game, players must place their mask back on.

3) Please be Patient: This is a new process for all players, HSSC Game Coordinators and Facility Partners. Please help everyone by having all documents ready when you approach the door to ensure a quick and smooth entry.

Thank you and have fun!

- The HSSC Team


September 10, 2021

*COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Update*: By the order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), as of October 4, 2021, Nova Scotians will need to be vaccinated and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access recreation facilities. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificatePlayers who do not meet these conditions should register for SSC activities at their own discretion. Refunds and credits will not be provided to teams and/or players who are not eligible to participate due to these regulations. Captains are reminded to share this information with all players ahead of registration.

April 22, 2021


Hello HSSC Community,

This afternoon the Province of Nova Scotia announced new COVID-19 restrictions on Halifax and the surrounding areas.  These “circuit breaker” restrictions include a pause on sports activities for four-weeks. 

As a result of these orders, effective April 23, 2021 we will be pausing all Halifax Sport & Social Club activities.

All games this evening, Thursday April 22, 2021 will run as scheduled.

HSSC will resume play once these orders are lifted.  As noted in today’s briefing, these restrictions will be re-evaluated after two-weeks.  We will continue to monitor the situation and provide any additional updates required.

For further updates on COVID-19 restrictions, please reference the Government of Nova Scotia website:  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

We are committed to be back up and running as soon as we can. Your health and safety are always our number one priority, and we are committed to continuing to offer a safe and healthy environment. 

Further information on our Winter 2021 season, make-up games, and the start of our Sprummer 2021 season including any games missed during this restricted period, will be provided after consulting with our facility partners.  These updates will be shared by email on or before Friday, May 7, 2021.

We will continue to keep you updated and we look forward to having you back again soon!  We would also like to thank you all for your patience, understanding as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times.

Take care and stay well,
The HSSC Team




March 4, 2021
 

Hello HSSC Community,

Sports are back, Halifax!  This afternoon the Province of Nova Scotia announced that sport game-play restrictions have been lifted effective tomorrow, Friday, March 5th at 8:00am. 

As a result of these updated orders, effective tomorrow, Friday, March 5th we will be resuming all Halifax Sport & Social Club game and league play.  

Games missed during the period of February 27th – March 4th inclusive will be rescheduled in the coming weeks.  Teams will be notified when an updated game date/time is published to their online schedule. 

All league schedules are live on the website and upcoming game times/locations have not been altered. 

Thank you in advance for your patience as we are experiencing a high volume of communication at this time.

Captains and Team Safety Ambassadors are asked to ensure their teammates are aware of today’s updated announcements.

Game on, Halifax - let’s play!  

Yours in sport,
The HSSC Staff Team



February 26, 2021

Hello HSSC Community,

Here we go again, Halifax!  This afternoon the Province of Nova Scotia announced new COVID-19 restrictions on Halifax and the surrounding areas.  These restrictions include a pause on sports games for four-weeks until at least Friday, March 26th, 2021.

As a result of these orders, effective Saturday, February 27th, we will be pausing all Halifax Sport & Social Club game and league play.  HSSC will resume play once these orders are lifted.  We will continue to monitor the situation and provide any additional updates required.

The following non-league play activities will continue without interruption:
- Badminton
- Tennis
- Pickleball
- Hiking


For further updates on COVID-19 restrictions, please reference the Government of Nova Scotia website:  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Thank you in advance for your patience as we are experiencing a high volume of communication at this time.

Further information on our Winter 2021 season and the games missed during this restricted period, will be provided after consulting with our facility partners.  These updates will be shared by email on or before Monday, March 8th, 2021.

Take care and stay well,
The HSSC Staff Team


January 8th, 2021

 

Hello HSSC Community,  

Happy New Year!  While the calendar has changed, the situation we are faced with has unfortunately not changed significantly.   COVID-19 continues to effect life around the Maritimes, and evidently even more in other areas of our country. 

Today, January 8th, 2021, the Province of Nova Scotia has taken a precautionary measure by extending the restrictions on sports game play to January 24th at 11:59pm.   These closures will impact the sports season as outlined below. 

Fall 2020 Outstanding Turf Sports Leagues & Fall CFB Curling Leagues:

At this time, we are working with our facility partners to ensure the outstanding fall turf and curling league games (turf sports and curling at the CFB Curling Club only) can be played.

Earlier this week we announced make-up game times for turf sports starting Monday, January 11th.  Those games have now been paused and will be rescheduled to a future date.  Please disregard the games on your online schedule at this time.  Updates on the rescheduled game times will be provided via email over the next 5 to 7 business days.  Please watch your email for an update on new game times.

Winter 2021 Turf Leagues (Soccer, Ultimate, Flag Football):

Turf Sports teams and players who have registered into our Winter 2021 turf sports season will see a shift in the start and end date of that season to accommodate our Fall 2020 make-up games as indicated above.  Our Winter 2021 turf sports season will commence once the Fall 2020 make-up games have been played.  We will be able to provide a firm start / end date for the Winter 2021 turf games once additional space is confirmed by our facility partners.  Teams / Players who are registered or plan to register for the Winter 2021 season can rest assured that game times will not conflict with Fall make-up games.

Winter 2021 Indoor Gym Leagues (Basketball, Volleyball, Court Dodgeball, Floor Hockey):

  • The Winter 2021 season start date for all indoor gym leagues has been adjusted to the week of January 25th, 2021.  These updated start dates are reflected online, on the league specific registration page.  An adjusted start date also means that each league will now end one week later than previously scheduled.

Winter 2021 Curling Leagues (CFB Curling Club):

  • Curling leagues at both the Halifax Curling Club and CFB Curling Club will be paused until the extended COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  We are working with our curling facility partners to determine if a full curling season can be completed given the later start date. 
  • Teams who have registered for curling leagues will be updated with the adjusted start and end date, or a credit for a shortened season once determined.  

Thank you for your patience. 

We are as eager as you are to get back to playing sports!

Warmly, 
The HSSC Staff Team  

 

December 7, 2020


Hello HSSC Community,

Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate COVID-19.  On Friday we learned that the Province of Nova Scotia has made adjustments to the restrictions in place for the Metro Halifax area.  These restrictions extend a pause on sports activities until at least December 17th at 12:01am.

As a result of these orders, all Halifax Sport & Social Club programming will remain on pause for one additional week.   HSSC will resume play once these orders are lifted.  We will continue to monitor the situation and provide any additional updates required.

For further updates on COVID-19 restrictions, please reference the Government of Nova Scotia website:  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Thank you in advance for your patience as we are experiencing a high volume of communication at this time.

Information on make-up games will be provided by email on or before Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

At HSSC, we are working hard to offer the highest level of customer service and will continue to provide updates via our website.

Take care and stay well,
The HSSC Staff Team


November 25, 2020

Hello HSSC Community,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through COVID-19.  Yesterday afternoon the Province of Nova Scotia announced new COVID-19 restrictions on the Halifax area.  These restrictions include a pause on sports activities until at least December 10th at 12:01am.

As a result of these orders, effective Thursday, November 26th, we will be pausing all Halifax Sport & Social Club programming.   HSSC will resume play once these orders are lifted.  We will continue to monitor the situation and provide any additional updates required.

For further updates on COVID-19 restrictions, please reference the Government of Nova Scotia website:  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Thank you in advance for your patience as we are experiencing a high volume of communication at this time.

Information on make-up games will be provided by email on or before Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

At HSSC, we are working hard to offer the highest level of customer service and will continue to provide updates via our website.

Take care and stay well,
The HSSC Staff Team

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August 6, 2020

Hello HSSC Community, 

A warm welcome to all our Sprummer league and class participants.  Thank you for choosing to play with us this season.  Over the past month, we have been implementing our Safe Return to Play protocol and guidelines to bring you back to league play in the following sports:

  • Aussie Rules Football
  • Beach Badminton
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Kickball
  • Outdoor Floor Hockey
  • Pickleball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate
  • Kayaking
  • Stand-Up-Paddle

Here at Halifax Sport & Social Club (HSSC), we have been working within the Provincial Government mandates and Provincial Sport guidelines to adapt our sports and offer a safe playing experience.  Our leagues are now running five nights a week at a limited capacity.  While these leagues are now at capacity, we are looking forward to launching more sports soon.

Over the past few months, HSSC has also proudly brought our community a range of virtual games & online corporate events.  This unique new avenue of our business will continue even as we move forward with our traditional sports leagues.  We invite you to join us for “Virtual Recess for Adults”!

FALL 2020 LEAGUE UPDATE: 

This fall, we are committed to offering both indoor and outdoor co-ed sports leagues.  The season length may be adjusted, and pricing will reflect weeks of play, available facilities, and modified roster sizes, as needed.  Stay tuned for an official release of our fall registration offerings and deadlines. 

Take care and stay well,
Lael, Nicole, Matt, Rosa, Ken, Lucas, Allie and Erin

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June 9, 2020

Hello HSSC Community,

We hope that you have been enjoying the beautiful summer weather and the city's recently re-opened green spaces.

Just like you, we are excited to get back to playing the sports we love!  We are optimistic about last week’s announcement from Premier Stephen McNeil about increasing the gathering limit of 10 people.  As we begin a slow and gradual return to a new normal, we want to provide you with an update with the status of our Sprummer 2020 “Return to Play” League Update and Winter 2020 League Update.  

SPRUMMER 2020 LEAGUE UPDATE: 

We are currently looking at a tentative mid-July Sprummer season start.  Each specific sport Return to Play date will be determined by the permissions from local government, health authorities and facility partners, with whom we’re staying very closely connected.   

Based on Return to Play dates, for each sport we will adjust our Sprummer season length and pricing to reflect weeks of play, available facilities, and modified roster sizes, as needed.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, we have been working diligently on our plan for safely returning to play, so we are ready when the time comes.  We will be implementing a new set of Safe Return to Play Guidelines, in general plus for each sport, to ensure the protection of all members and staff.  These protocols will include, but are not limited to:

  • Rule changes within each sport.
  • Physical distancing at all times at game locations.
  • Use of personal protective equipment and products.
  • Equipment sanitation.

Good to know:

  • We are reviewing and considering all leagues we offer to ensure safety standards can be met before, during and after league play.    
  • We are updating our waiver and refund policies to be fully transparent and ease any concerns should there be new COVID-19 related cancellations in the future which would impact play.

What’s Allowed Now in Phase 2:

As approved for play by local government & health authorities, the following programs will be open for registration as of Monday, June 15 (or sooner) and with an anticipated start date in the 2nd and 3rd week of June.  

  • Outdoor Tennis Classes.
  • Outdoor Bootcamp
  • Semi-Private Training Sessions for Volleyball, Ultimate and Soccer.
  • Beach Badminton.

More programs to come as regulations allow. There is also a real possibility softball, Kickball and beach volleyball will be among the first sports to be approved.

WINTER 2020 LEAGUE UPDATE:   

Officially, the decision has been made to formally cancel the balance of the Winter 2020 season, due to the provincial restrictions disallowing our facilities to re-open.  

For Teams and Individual Registrations this means,

  • We will issue pro-rated credits equal to the number of missed Winter 2020 games and classes, to ensure you receive full value of your registration. 
    • For full teams, this credit will be applied to the profile of the original registrant.
    • For individual registrants, this credit will be applied directly to your HSSC profile.
  • NEW! We've created a new feature that allows HSSC players to easily track and use their Winter 2020 credit. Your credit will be added to your HSSC account this week and can be viewed in your Player Profile and is accessible for redemption through the Payment Page during check-out.
    • These credits expire on April 30, 2021 @ midnight.
    • Credits can be applied to any UNPAID registration for a league, class, tournament, or special event.
    • For detailed information regarding COVID-19 credits please click here
  • Many of you have been opting to help out the league by donating your credit back to HSSC. To those who have done that already, a very big heartfelt thank you and no words can describe how it warmed our hearts to have the support of our community. If you would like to join many of your teammates in doing the same thing, please let us know by emailing info@halifaxsport.ca. We thank you in advance and your actions will help HSSC moving forward and to continue to provide exceptional programming for years to come.
  • HSSC is unable to offer refunds for Winter registrations. No exceptions.
    • Credits, and not refunds, are necessary to fund investment in enhanced safety for members and staff, to enable continued development of fun and unique sport & social programming for our community, and to ensure the financial stability and longevity of the club. By issuing credits we are able to give you back, in a future season, the play time that you paid for, and lost because of the pandemic that was outside of our control.
  • League Team Captains and Individual registrants will receive an email from HSSC when the credits are in your Player Profile.

Thank you everyone for your continued encouragement and support through these evolving times.  We are determined, optimistic and getting ready for a safe return to the courts, diamonds and fields with you.

Take care and stay well,
The HSSC Staff Team. 

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April 26, 2020 

Hello HSSC Community,  

2020 has certainly been the most unprecedented year thus far with COVID-19.  While we are far from being able to return to the way things were, we are reassured that every day we are closer to a time when we can all be together again and enjoying recreational sports safely.  

Our thoughts and profound sympathies are with the community of Portapique and with all Nova Scotians regarding the devastating attack – especially those who have lost a family member, loved one or friend.  The Halifax Sport & Social Club was founded in 2008 and we care deeply about those of you who live in the community.  While words can be difficult to find when such actions are so senseless and hurt so many, please know that all Canadians are standing with you during this time of grief.

As of Friday, April 24th, 2020 we understandably do not have any new information regarding our Winter or Sprummer 2020 leagues.  When we have information to share, we will be in direct communication via email and updates on our website. 

WINTER LEAGUE UPDATE:

  • Winter 2020 leagues will remain on “pause” through the month of May.
  • We hope to get you playing, and to finish the Winter 2020 season.
  • HSSC will be providing Winter teams and players a prorated credit for any games missed due to COVID-19 when we know the final status of the league. 

SPRUMMER LEAGUE UPDATE:

  • Sprummer 2020 registration open online (https://halifaxsport.ca/register).  
  • We know the majority of our Sprummer leagues/programs will not go ahead on the start dates advertised on our website as many of our facilities have noted they will remain closed until June / July.    
  • We can offer you the confidence that any Sprummer 2020 programs you register for, will receive full value in the form of a league extension, refund and/or credit.  
  • We are unable to answer specific questions relating to exact start dates, league extensions or registration related changes.  

ONLINE VIRTUAL PLAY (NEW):

Please keep an eye out over the next few days as we announce the launch of HSSC’s Virtual Games!  We have created new interactive online play options with you in mind as we strive to provide some value and/or fun for you while we are all social distancing.

  • E-Sport Leagues
  • Quarantine Games (All-Sorts-of-Sports Style)
  • Bingo
  • Trivia

We will be continuing our daily challenges in our #JustPlaySeries using both Facebook and Instagram platforms.  You can find our more details here: https://halifaxsport.ca/hssc-justplayseries. 

We are wishing for your health and safety, and we will be in touch again as soon as there is new information to share.

Take care and stay well, 
The HSSC Staff Team.  

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April 10, 2020

Hello HSSC Community,  

Today, we wanted to thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through these ever changing and increasingly difficult times.   It has been so heart-warming to hear from many of you regarding how much you miss your weekly sports.  This unique time has certainly emphasized to us all of the value and importance that sports and friendship offer to our well being. 

From our team to yours, please know that we are dedicated to supporting you, our members, and our local community as we work together to help flatten the COVID-19 curve.

WINTER LEAGUE UPDATE:

As of Friday, April 10th, 2020 we are able to provide the following updates regarding our Winter 2020 leagues:  

  • Winter 2020 leagues will remain on “pause” through the month of April.  
  • We will reassess the potential for start/completion of our leagues on Friday, April 24th, 2020.
  • We hope to get you playing, and to finish the Winter 2020 season.

HSSC will be providing Winter teams and players a prorated credit for any games missed due to COVID-19 when we know the final status of the league.  Many of you have been opting to help out the league by donating your credit back to HSSC. To those who have done that already, a very big heartfelt thank you and no words can describe how it warmed our hearts to have the support of our community.  If you would like to join many of your teammates in doing the same thing please let us know by emailing info@halifaxsport.ca.  We thank you in advance and your actions will help HSSC moving forward and to continue to provide exceptional programming for years to come.

SPRUMMER LEAGUE UPDATE:

For those of you participating in our Sprummer leagues and programs, we are as excited as you are to return to play. 

We know the majority of our Sprummer leagues/programs will not go ahead on the start dates advertised as many of our facilities have noted they will remain closed until June / July.   So while you can still register for Sprummer, there will be no specified registration deadline until we have more information.  

At this time, we are unable to answer specific questions relating to exact start dates, league extensions or registration related changes.  We can offer you the confidence that any Sprummer 2020 programs you register for, will receive full value in the form of a league extension, refund and/or credit.   

All of our decisions during this pandemic have and will continue to be made using the direction of the Canadian Public Health Agency.  We encourage and sincerely hope that everyone in our community is committed to following these guidelines and making every effort to stay home.  

To help keep you engaged, we will be continuing our fun, daily challenges in our #JustPlaySeries using both Facebook and Instagram platforms.  We’re also hosting bi-weekly LIVE online trivia on Tuesday and Fridays.  You can find our more details on these and upcoming activities here: https://halifaxsport.ca/hssc-justplayseries

We would like to thank all HSSC members for your patience during this extraordinary time.   We are wishing for your health and safety, and we will be in touch again as soon as there is new information on the COVID-19 response to share.

Take care and stay well, 
The HSSC Staff Team.  

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March 25, 2020

Hello HSSC Community,  

Together, we are facing one of the most significant public health emergencies in our lifetime.  For our active HSSC community, we know these changes are hard.  They not only impact our ability to get out and enjoy the company of friends and family, but also impact our ability to play sports and share in a social connection that enhances our lives.  For those of you who - or who’s loved ones - have come into contact with the virus, we wish you all the best in your return to wellness.  

In the interest of public health and safety, we are pausing all Winter 2020 Sport & Social Club Winter programming until it is safe to operate again.  We will be making the final call whether to resume leagues on FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH.  If it is safe to play, leagues will resume back on Monday, April 13th.   Our priority is to get you playing, and to finish the Winter 2020 season. 

Should our Winter 2020 leagues, classes and programs be cut short as a result of measures taken within our communities to contain COVID-19, we will be issuing pro-rated future credits to all affected individuals and/or team captains.   Due to the unprecedented and unforeseen global pandemic, HSSC is not in a position to provide refunds.    

HSSC Credits can be applied to any of the following unpaid registrations; 

-Any HSSC league, class, tournament and/or event (no restrictions on programming); and, 
-Either Team or Individual registrations. 

Please note that credits are not transferable and must be used by April 30th, 2021.  

The way the world and our community is responding to COVID-19 is quickly changing.  We are still in uncertain times.  We will continue to keep our community updated, as we have more information surrounding the status of Winter 2020 schedule and programming.    

This year marks HSSC's 12th anniversary, and we want to ensure that we continue to deliver exceptional programming to you, our members. When this passes, we will still be here, we will be healthy, and we will continue to offer amazing sport and social experiences for many years to come.  

Please keep in touch with us on Social Media as we share fun, daily challenges in our #JustPlaySeries during this unique period of “Physical Distancing” (socializing can still happen at a distance). 

You can also access the upcoming activity and challenge calendar on our website here: https://halifaxsport.ca/justplayseries 

In the meantime, we want you to know Sprummer 2020 Registration is NOW Open. You can visit our link here (https://halifaxsport.ca/register) and register today to save your spot. With the anticipation of getting outdoors, we suspect many of our programs will sell out this Sprummer!  

We would like to thank our extraordinary members for your support and patience as we work through our next steps, your concern for our small business and your words of encouragement.  The opportunity for sport and social connection will be more important than ever once we return.   

Take care and stay well, 
The HSSC Staff Team.  

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March 16, 2020

Hello HSSC Community,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through this unprecedented situation.

Out of an abundance of caution and to assist with our province’s preventative efforts regarding COVID-19, effective today, Monday, March 16th we will be pausing all Halifax Sport & Social Club programming until further notice.   

Our goal is to resume play starting Monday, April 6th and complete the Winter season.

We will continue to monitor the situation and base all future decisions on the recommendations of the Public Health Agency.

For further updates in the Halifax region please reference the HRM website: https://www.halifax.ca/fire-police/fire/emergency-management/corona-virus-disease-covid-19 

Thank you in advance for your patience, as we are experiencing a high volume of communication at this time.

Information on make-up games will be provided by email on or before Friday, April 3rd. 

At HSSC, we are working hard to offer the highest level of customer service and will continue to provide updates via our website.

Take care and stay well,
The HSSC Staff Team.  

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March 12, 2020

Hello HSSC Community,

By now you are aware of the rising public health concerns around the world regarding COVID-19. 

At this time, HSSC leagues will be operating normally with the addition of some extra safety precautions. Should circumstances change, HSSC will issue additional communication. 

Please be informed. 
This is a respiratory illness that spreads like the flu. There is a lot of misinformation being passed along through media and internet.  Please be aware of normal safety procedures you would take during a regular flu season. 

This includes:

  • Staying home if you know you are sick or feel symptoms coming on.
  • Washing your hands regularly (before and after games – and in life).
  • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
  • Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing (use your arm not your hands).
  • Practice other good hygiene habits and do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands.

While we LOVE a solid post-game ‘high five’ celebration, we ask ALL members to replace ‘high fives’ with:

  • Friendly verbal recognition (teammates and for the opposing team)
  • A thumbs up
  • Applause / three cheers / hip hip hooray
  • Foot stomps / tapping

We have ordered hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes that we will deliver to various Game Coordinators and select facilities after leagues return from March Break. 

Teams are strongly encouraged to bring their own sanitizers and/or disinfectant products to all games. Please be safe and take a few minutes pre and post game to disinfect your sports equipment. If you are playing floor hockey, we are recommending teams provide their own goalie mask, blocker and trapper to reduce the communal use of equipment. However, HSSC goalie equipment will still be available should this not be an option for your team.

Yours in Sport,

The HSSC Staff Team.