Updated Sept 19/21


The Self-Screening Protocol and Positive Test Protocol are in place to try to decrease the likelihood of spreading infection by encouraging sick or symptomatic participants (swimmers, coaches, officials, volunteers) to stay home and monitor their health.


Each Public Health Unit (PHU) has the discretion to return part of the cohorts based on vaccination status, prior positive status of cohort members and a risk assessment of the outbreak.


Please follow all published Ontario Health screening guidelines.


Before the Activity*


*Swim Ontario defines an ACTIVITY as any Swim Ontario approved activity


Participants shall not attend the activity if they:


  • are currently diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting to hear the results of a lab test for COVID-19
  • have been notified by a PHU that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and told to self-isolate
  • have been told by a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit to self-isolate

●      do not pass self-screening


Age Group Swimmers may use the Ontario Health School Screening guidelines before attending an activity Participants must complete a screening before attending an activity (see below)

Anyone who does not pass screening may not attend the activity and should follow provincial guidelines

(self-isolate, call their health care provider or Telehealth Ontario and take the COVID Self-Assessment). Further investigations may include a test for COVID-19. If home isolation is required, all PHU instructions must be followed. The participant may not return until they pass screening.


Screening Questions - Regardless of one’s personal vaccination status


  1. Do you have any of the following new or worsening symptoms or signs? Symptoms should not be chronic or related to other known causes or conditions.
    • Fever or chills
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Cough
    • Decrease or loss of smell or taste
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
    • Headache that’s unusual or long lasting
    • Not feeling well, extreme tiredness, sore muscles
  2. Is someone in the household currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms and a PHU authority has told you to self-isolate?
  3. Are you waiting for direction from a PHU concerning a possible COVID-19 close contact exposure?
  4. Have you been deemed a close contact with someone who currently has COVID-19 and a PHU authority has told you to self-isolate?
  5. Have you or someone in your household travelled outside the country within the last 14 days and are required by the Canada Public Health Authority to quarantine/isolate?

A participant must answer ‘No’ to all the above questions


During the activity

All participants should monitor their health during an activity, and if they feel ill or experience signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (even mild) they must leave the activity and contact their medical provider (doctor/nurse practitioner) or their local PHU to consider the appropriateness of further investigations. Further investigations may include a test for COVID-19. If home isolation is required, all PHU instructions must be followed.


Positive COVID-19 Test Protocols

All clubs must designate an individual responsible for communication with affected parties and organizations and that will report the COVID positive case to the PHU, Swim Ontario and the facility(ies).


If a participant tests positive for COVID-19, the following steps must be taken by the Club representative responsible for reporting COVID-19 positive individuals:


  • The participant must be removed from the training group or sanctioned SO activity immediately.
  • Report to the local PHU and facility(ies)
    • Follow all directions from public health unit and facility(ies)
    • Public health officials will determine any requirements related to facility and/or group operations, as well as any requirements with respect to contact tracing as it relates to managing the spread of the virus. With the understanding that strict safety rules and procedures are in place and adhered to by all participants.
  • Report to Swim Ontario by completing the Incident/Injury Report Online Form
  • Individuals identified by Public Health officials cannot return to activities until they are cleared to do so by their PHU in accordance with provincial guidelines.
  • The PHU, may, in some regions, determine who/which individuals are considered to be close contacts.
  • All persons who have been deemed to have been in close contact with the individual must follow all public health directions.
    • If the PHU does not provide direction, the club should consult with the facility and determine the next steps for the training group.
    • The facility may request the training group be suspended.
  • Any additional participants who develop symptoms will be referred to the appropriate PHU or helpline for guidance on testing and appropriate management.