Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and the Government of Ontario, continues to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the resulting public health crisis and Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Plan.

The Government of Ontario announced today that it has paused its Government of Ontario Framework and announced a Province-Wide Shutdown for multiple sectors of the economy.

These new restrictions are greater than the previous Government of Ontario Framework and the Province has made specific changes to the rules for outdoor recreational facilities and team sports.

As a result, Ontario Soccer has made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person soccer activities until further notice.

This Government directive is effective Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.  

Commencing on December 26, 2020, the impacts of these limited-time measures will be evaluated by the Government of Ontario over 14 days for Northern Ontario and 28 days in Southern Ontario. The Government of Ontario will determine if it is safe to lift any restrictions or if they need to be extended at that time.

Ontario Soccer will continue to update the membership as further changes are made.

Ontario Soccer requests that all member organizations ensure they know which Public Health Unit they are located in.

Where, and how long, are the provincewide shutdown restrictions in effect?

The restrictions are in effect for all of Ontario from Saturday, December 26, 2020 to Saturday, January 9, 2021.

The restrictions would remain in effect from Saturday, January 9, 2021 to Saturday, January 23, 2021 for all 27 public health unit regions in Southern Ontario

Plan for a return to the COVID-19 response framework

  • At the end of the Provincewide Shutdown period, the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open will be re-enacted.
  • While data will continue to be monitored weekly, the CMOH will review trends in key public health indicators in the final week of the Provincewide Shutdown period and indicators from each public health unit region will be assessed to determine the appropriate zone for each PHU region under the framework.
  • The Chief Medical Officer of Health will assess and apply lessons learned thus far to the COVID-19 Response Framework to ensure appropriate and effective measures are in place to protect the health of Ontarians and enable economic recovery after the Provincewide Shutdown ends. This will include an assessment of how a revised approach for the safe re-opening of retail may be operationalized, according to the latest available evidence.

Symptoms and Information

(Source: Province of Ontario

Symptoms of COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, range from mild — like the flu and other common respiratory infections — to severe.

Call 911 if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • severe difficulty breathing (struggling for each breath, can only speak in single words)
  • severe chest pain (constant tightness or crushing sensation)
  • feeling confused or unsure of where you are
  • losing consciousness

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever (feeling hot to the touch, a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher)
  • chills
  • cough that’s new or worsening (continuous, more than usual)
  • barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (croup)
  • shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
  • sore throat
  • difficulty swallowing
  • runny, stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
  • lost sense of taste or smell
  • pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • headache that’s unusual or long lasting
  • digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)
  • muscle aches
  • extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy)
  • falling down often
  • for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite

Complications from COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure and, in some cases, death.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, and there is no vaccine that protects against the coronavirus that causes it. The majority of COVID-19 cases are mild and most people who get it will recover on their own. Typical treatment for common coronaviruses includes:

  • drinking plenty of fluids
  • getting as much rest and sleep as possible
  • using a humidifier or taking a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough

If you begin to feel symptoms of Covid-19 you should:

  • go to a testing centre to get tested
  • stay home and self-isolate unless you are going to the assessment centre
  • tell people you were in close physical contact with in the 48 hours before your symptoms began to monitor their health and to self-isolate

Only call 911 if it is an emergency.

Some groups are at higher risk of getting COVID-19. You may be in an at-risk group if you:

  • are 70 years old or older
  • are getting treatment that compromises (weakens) your immune system (for example, chemotherapy, medication for transplants, corticosteroids, TNF inhibitors)
  • have a condition that compromises (weakens) your immune system (for example, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, other autoimmune disorder)
  • have a chronic (long-lasting) health condition (for example, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, heart condition)
  • regularly go to a hospital or health care setting for a treatment (for example, dialysis, surgery, cancer treatment)

What you need to do

COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person through close physical contact.

Close physical contact means:

  • being less than 2 metres away in the same room, workspace, or area
  • living in the same home

There is no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19, but there are things you should do to help prevent it from spreading.

Everyday actions

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home and self isolate if you are sick

Physical distancing

Everyone in Ontario should practice physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people — this means you should:

  • stay home as much as possible – go grocery shopping once a week or less, only visit pharmacies and banks when necessary and place orders over the phone or online
  • staying at least two metres away from anyone you do not live with

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

If you believe you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you should go to an assessment centre to get tested.

Other than going to the assessment centre, you should stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days. You could be carrying the virus without knowing it.

Face coverings and face masks

The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is by staying home and avoiding close contact with others outside of your household.

It is recommended that you use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when physical distancing and keeping two-metres’ distance from others may be challenging or not possible.

How to self-isolate

Self-isolating means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease.

You should self-isolate if you:

  • are in an at risk group
  • think you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or who has recently returned from travel

This means that you should only leave your home or see other people for critical reasons (like a medical emergency). Where possible, you should try to get what you need:

  • online
  • over the phone
  • from friends, family or neighbours

Your roommates or family you live with should self-isolate too, if they can.

Stay home

  • do not use public transportation, taxis or rideshares
  • do not go to work, school or other public places
  • your health care provider will tell you when it is safe to leave

Limit the number of visitors in your home

  • only have visitors who you must see (for example, for medical reasons or to drop of groceries) – do not invite people over to socialize
  • keep necessary visits short
  • do not visit with people who are in at risk groups

Avoid contact with others

  • stay in a separate room, away from other people in your home, as much as possible
  • use a separate bathroom if you have one
  • make sure that shared rooms have good airflow (for example, open windows)
  • keep a distance of at least 6 feet (2 metres) in shared spaces

Wear a mask

  • wear a face covering or mask when you:
    • leave your house to see a health care provider
    • are within two metres of other people or where it may be difficult to maintain physical distancing (for example, in a grocery store)
  • make sure you properly wear, fit, remove and clean your face covering or mask

Keep distance

  • if you are in a room with other people, stay at least two metres away from each other and wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
  • if you cannot wear a mask, other people should wear a mask when they are in the same room as you

Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • if you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand
  • throw used tissues in a wastebasket that’s lined with a plastic bag
    • the plastic bag makes it safer and easier to empty the wastebasket
    • after emptying the wastebasket, wash your hands

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  • wash your hands often with soap and water
  • dry your hands with a paper towel, or with your own cloth towel that no one else shares
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Read the Government of Canada’s guidance on how to self-isolate if you have:

If you are experiencing symptoms, have been exposed or would like to be tested please visit a testing centre. There is no cost to be tested.


The self-assessment is only meant as an aid and cannot diagnose you. Consult a health care provider if you have medical questions.