Local sports still on hold due to COVID-19

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REGINA, SASK : April 21, 2020 -- Douglas Park and Leibel Field are both empty as Regina sports groups wait for the lifting of restrictions due COVID-19 in Regina on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post
Regina’s diamonds are empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TROY FLEECE/Regina Leader-Post

Spring has sprung, but the same can’t be said for outdoor sports in Regina.

All of the Queen City’s sports fields, diamonds and athletic facilities have been closed since March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closures have impacted all of the sports groups that utilize those fields, pitches and diamonds scattered throughout Regina.

Instead of holding practices and games, the spring leagues and programs are playing a waiting game in hopes of eventually being cleared to take to the fields.

When that might happen remains to be determined. The provincial government included sports fields and facilities in the fourth stage of its five-phase plan to reopen Saskatchewan on Thursday, but a date was not provided.

“The unknown is when the season will start,” Baseball Regina president Rob Gartner said. “We’re confident that we’ll get a season in and we don’t want to cancel it. That would be really unfortunate if we had to do that and we’re coming up with contingency plans for different durations (of a season).