COVID-19 and Baseball Timeline

  • March 15th - The Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) announced effective 11:59 pm on March 15, 2020, that they have suspended all in-person baseball activities indefinitely through April 3rd

 

  • March 30th - The Ontario Government ordered the closure of all outdoor sports fields, including baseball diamonds

 

  • March 31st - The City of Toronto cancelled all field permits up to June 29th

 

  • April 1st - The OBA extended the suspension of all in-person programs and activities until May 1st

 

  • April 20th - The OBA extended the suspension of all in‐person baseball programs and activities until May 31st

 

  • May 20th - The City of Toronto announced the reopening of baseball fields for individual “casual” use, with team play allowed only if everyone is from the same household

 

  • May 29th - The Ontario Government announced that batting cages can reopen for business from May 31st, with strict social distancing measures in place, so that "residents can start to enjoy seasonal outdoors activities at safe physical distances.”

 

  • May 30th - The OBA extended the suspension of all in-person baseball programs through June 15th.  "Baseball Ontario’s suspension of in-person activities remains in place and therefore any and all in-person training or activity, regardless of the number of participants, is still prohibited at this time, including team use of batting cages."

 

  • June 3rd - The OBA released a draft of the "Return to Baseball Covid-19 Guidelines

 

  • June 6th - The Ontario government extended all emergency orders until June 19th

 

  • June 8th - The Ontario government announced the start of the regional reopening of the province, as most regions, excluding the Golden Horseshoe (including Toronto) will move into Stage 2 from June 12th

 

  • June 11th - The OBA Board of Management finalized and approved the Return to Sport Protocol as of June 11th, 2020.  Member Organizations and all participants must familiarize themselves with these Guidelines prior to resuming in‐person activities

OBA Return to Baseball Guidelines June 11, 2020

 

  • June 12th - The Ontario government extended group sizes to 10 people

 

  • June 12th - The OBA announced that they will not be extending the suspension of in‐person activities.  Therefore, as of June 16th,  in‐person baseball activities can resume, pending observance of provincial and municipal rules and restrictions.  Regions in Stage 1 of the Provincial Reopening Plan are not yet permitted to resume team sport activities. Regions in Stage 2 of the Provincial Reopening Plan are permitted to resume outdoor team sports (including baseball), if physically distanced, for training only and no scrimmages or games, but must still respect the gathering limit of 10 persons at this time

 

  • June 15th - The Ontario government announced that the regions of Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara and York will move into Stage 2 as of Friday, June 19th.  Peel, Toronto and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2

 

  • June 17th - The Ontario government extended all emergency orders until June 30th

 

  • June 22nd - The Ontario government announced that the regions of Peel and Toronto will move into Stage 2 as of Wednesday, June 24th

 

  • June 24th - The Ontario government extended the Declaration of Emergency to July 15th

 

  • July 9th - The Ontario government extended the Declaration of Emergency to July 22nd

 

  • July 13th - The Ontario government announced the start of the regional reopening of the province, as most regions, excluding the Golden Horseshoe (including Toronto) will move into Stage 3 from July 17th

 

  • July 20th - The Ontario government announced that the regions of Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara and York will move into Stage 3 as of July 24th.  Peel, Toronto and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2

 

  • July 29th - The Ontario government announced that the regions of Peel and Toronto will movie into Stage 3 as of Friday, July 31st