The following guidelines are based on the When to get a Covid-19 test, If you have Covid-19 and Close contacts and contact tracing pages from the BCCDC website.


When to get a COVID-19 test: Health authorities have learned that most people do not need testing. Testing is most needed for people who have symptoms AND

If you have mild symptoms of Covid-19, you do not need a test. Stay home and away from others until you feel well enough to return to your regular activities, and you no longer have a fever that has resolved for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be sure to submit a self-isolation notification form to the association even if you only had symptoms for a day or two. Avoid non-essential high-risk settings such as long-term care facilities and individuals at higher risk for severe illness for 10 days after the start of your symptoms.


If you received a positive PCR or rapid antigen test (RAT), you must a) self-isolate for the required time and b) submit a self-isolation notification form to the association. You can end isolation when all three of these conditions are met:

  1. Fully vaccinated: Self-isolate for at least 5 days (ie return to the rink on the 6th day) from the onset of symptoms or from the day you tested positive if you did not have symptoms. Players and coaches are asked to wear masks even on the ice during any practices or games that occur prior to 10 days from their starting date.

Not fully vaccinated: Self-isolate for at least 10 days (ie return to the rink on the 11th day) from the onset of symptoms, or from the day you tested positive if you did not have symptoms. This includes the initial 5 days self-isolation plus the additional 5 days required to avoid gatherings.

    1. Fever has resolved for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
    2. Symptoms have improved.

Continue to isolate for longer if you have a fever or are not feeling better.

Presence of mild symptoms does not necessarily mean that you are contagious after 5 days. It can take longer to completely recover from the illness. Most people recover within two weeks. Some people with more severe symptoms can take up to twelve weeks or more to feel entirely better. If you are unsure or concerned, connect with your health care provider, call 8-1-1, or go to an Urgent and Primary Care Centre to be assessed.


What to do if you are a close contact: BCCDC defines a close contact as someone you have been near for at least 15 minutes when health and safety measures were not in place or were insufficient. They specifically identify anyone you room or live with or have had intimate contact with as automatic close contacts but it can also extend to those who did not follow proper protocols.

If you deem yourself a close contact, even if you have not been notified by health authorities, follow the appropriate steps:

    • if you are fully vaccinated or had Covid-19 in the last 90 days and   
      • you have symptoms: see above section for When to Get Tested; or.
      • you do not have symptoms: you are not required to self-isolate, and you can continue to participate in routine activities, including TBirds activities, as long as you do not have symptoms. TBirds will ask that any team staff person or player who is a close contact and is involved with the U13 and younger age divisions to ensure you wear a mask even on the ice during practice unless you medically are not able to as an extra layer of precaution for those who are not able to be fully vaccinated at this point.
    • If you are not fully vaccinated, as per Dr. Henry’s announcement, if you are not experiencing any one Covid-19 symptom then you do not need to self-isolate and can continue with your regular activities. TBirds strongly encourages anyone who is not fully vaccinated and is a close contact to wear a mask as much as possible unless you medically are not able to even while on the ice for a 10-day period following the day you last had contact with the person who has Covid-19 to provide an extra layer of protection.


Reminder: If you are required to enter self-isolation protocols due to any of the above guidelines

  1. Follow all requirements as per the BC CDC website.
  2. Complete this form to allow the association to track all cases within individual and across all team/skill group/clinic settings.
  3. Inform your team HCSP.
  4. Update TeamSnap availability.