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Orienteering Canada statement and updates re COVID-19

We are in unpredictable and uncertain times. The impact of COVID-19 is changing daily and having a significant impact on our daily lives.

All orienteering clubs and associations must monitor information and advice of the WHO and the Government of Canada and public health authorities in their respective provincial/territorial jurisdictions, as well as that of their municipal and/or local health authorities, to assess the risks and to make the best decision for their organization’s programs.

And to all the people who make up our community, please follow the recommendations of your health authorities in your day to day lives. 

The following resources provide updates from the government and relevant health authorities about the current status of COVID 19 and up to date recommendations and best practices:

Latest update from the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee – March 25th update – english / french

Updates from the Canadian orienteering community:

  • Clubs and associations, please read Orienteering Canada’s communication (March 25th) about organizing semi-permanent events and other activities during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival (including the Canadian Orienteering Championships have been postponed until 2021. More info.
  • Sage Stomp (and Team Trials) have been cancelled. More info.
  • World Orienteering Day 2020 ( May 13-19 ) has been cancelled.
  • Hamilton (Adventure Running Kids), Calgary (SOGO Adventure Running) and Ottawa’s kids programming have been cancelled for the spring.
  • All orienteering clubs in Canada have cancelled events until further notice.

General information about outdoor activity (note that regulations and guidelines differ across the country and will change as needed)

Updates from the global orienteering community:

  • 2020 North American Championships –
    “Mar 15, 2020 COVID-19 Virus – Planning and preparations for the Festival are proceeding at this time. The California Orienteering Festival 2020 is still four months away. We are evaluating a number of possibilities, but it is too soon to judge how Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect the event. The health of our participants and volunteers is our primary concern. We are following developments closely with the help of the latest announcements from relevant authorities; we will follow the guidelines laid down by those authorities.”
  • All IOF major events which had been planned up to May 31 are cancelled or postponed.
  • World Orienteering Day 2020 which was planned to be held in the timeframe May 13-19 is cancelled.
  • For IOF events to be held in June and July, the Council will continue to monitor the situation and will discuss and decide upon any further effects on these events at its scheduled Council meeting April 3-4. (The meeting will be held digitally) The IOF is already in contact with these organisers regarding contingency planning. More info.
  • The postponed 2020 World Cup round #1 will take place in 2021. Same terrain, similar set-up and part of the World Cup 2021.
  • The International University Sports Federation  FISU, have announced the cancellation of the 2020 World University Orienteering Championship that should have taken place in Russia in July.
  • The World Masters Orienteering Championships (WMOC ) 2020 scheduled to be held August 7-15 in Slovakia has to be cancelled. The event will be re-scheduled to be held in Slovakia at the latest in 2023.
  • From the IOF: The international sports calendars for 2020 and 2021 are being revised and the overall impact is not yet known. Particularly the final placement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the calendar can have an impact on many sports events including the World Masters Games/WMOC in Japan in 2021. But is too early to tell. The IOF will come back with information as it becomes available.

Ideas and best practices to responsibly continue orienteering during the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Orienteering Canada is offering its conference call line to clubs, associations and event organizing committees to meet virtually as needed between now and April 30th (will extend this offer as needed). Orienteering Canada will pay the costs. Contact tracy@orienteering.ca or Anne at president@orienteering.ca to schedule your call and get the necessary dial-in info.
  • Video conferencing: Orienteering Canada now has a business Zoom license. If your club would like to use it, please contact
    tracy@orienteering.ca.

Your club/association can send updates/ideas to communications@orienteering.ca and we will add them to this page

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