Screening Protocols

The Self-Screening Protocol is 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 take care.


Activity is any Swim Ontario approved activity


Before the 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

  • do not pass screening

  • have been in contact with a suspected, probable, or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days

  • have been told by public health that you may have been exposed to COVID-19

  • have returned from travel outside Canada in the last 14 days

Please follow all Ontario published Health screening guidelines.  

Anyone who does not pass screening may not attend the activity and should self-isolate, call their health care provider or Telehealth Ontario.  The participant may not return until they pass screening (min. 24 hours) or if the symptom persists or worsens, take the COVID Self-Assessment. Further investigations may include a test for COVID-19.   If home isolation is required, all Public Health instructions must be followed.

Screening Questions

  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
  • Sore throat, trouble swallowing
  • Runny nose/stuffy nose or nasal congestion 
  • 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
  1. In the last 14 days, have you been in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19? This includes getting a COVID Alert exposure notification.

    • (medical professionals) Have you been in contact with or cared for someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days without appropriate medical grade PPE?

  2. Have you returned from a trip outside the country within the last 14 days?

A participant must answer ‘No’ to all the above questions before attending the activity.

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 Public Health to consider the appropriateness of further investigations.  Further investigations may include a test for COVID-19.   If home isolation is required, all Public Health instructions must be followed.

 Positive COVID-19 Test Protocols

If a participant tests positive for COVID-19, the following steps must be taken:

  • The athlete/staff member is removed from the training group or sanctioned SO activity immediately

  • 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.

    • The Public Health Unit, Contact Tracing Team 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 self isolate for 14 days.

      • Swim Ontario’s (limited) experience with various Public Health units is showing at this point that the PHU’s are mostly, if not entirely, concerned with close contact of individuals.  Based on our limited first-hand knowledge, PHU’s greater concerns are with “lane bubbles” vs training groups as a whole to define close contacts.

      • However, given the possibility of lack of specific guidance from a regulatory body, like a PHU,  clubs must follow their RTS Plan regarding internal steps with respect to a positive test.

      • if a club wishes to act more conservatively, cautiously and with greater restrictions, with respect to a positive test, that is within their scope in establishing new  RTS procedures.

      • If public health does not provide direction, the club should consult with the facility and determine the next steps for the training group.

        • Training cancelled and group to self-monitor

      • The facility may request the training group be suspended.

  • Any additional participants who develop symptoms will be referred to the appropriate public health authority or helpline for guidance on testing and appropriate management.

  • Individuals identified by Public Health officials cannot return to activities until cleared to do so by public health.

  • Swim Ontario will be notified of any COVID-19 positive test of any participant (athlete, coach, officials, volunteer, staff…..) by completing the  Incident/Injury Report Online Form. Requested information will include:

    • Gender (if available)

    • Age (if available)

    • Recent Training Activity (14 days) and/or description of what has been communicated to you by public health and/or facility and next steps.