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The province released guidelines for school sports tournaments Friday as it lifts the ban placed in December.

The province’s website detailing restrictions, last updated on Thursday, says sports tournaments are allowed for people 21 years or younger, with proof of vaccination and a mask mandate in place.

The change came after a public outcry after the ban was put in place in December as part of a wider set of restrictions due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that youth sports would be given the green light to resume at a briefing on January 25th. However, the Ministry of Health clarified that only community-based sports tournaments would return, and not school-organized competitions.

Over 13,000 people signed a petition online urging the government to reverse the ban on tournaments.

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