Vaccine Policy Clarification, News (Orillia Minor Hockey Association)

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Vaccine Policy Clarification
Submitted By Jennifer McLean on Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Dear Members,
 
I wanted to send this message to clarify the confusing messages that have occurred over the past few weeks from the Government of Ontario, Public Health Ontario, the City Of Orillia and the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.   Orillia Minor Hockey must follow the rules and regulations laid down by all of the above entities. We are not making our own vaccine policies or requirements.     

The Government of Ontario, advised by Public Health Ontario, has provided guidelines for activities during the COVID pandemic, including Youth Sport and facility usage. Individual entities both private and public are able to interpret these guidelines to provide their members and users the safest venue possible.

Ontario Minor Hockey Association is our parent organization and provider of our insurance for both House League and Representative participation. Ontario Minor Hockey has mandated that all members (players and team staff that are eligible for vaccination) be vaccinated to take part within the confines of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.  Therefore, Orillia Minor Hockey members must also follow this same mandate.

https://e-registration.omha.net/OMHAPortal/Download/OMHAVACCINATIONPOLICY(V2).pdf   

If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.


This is different than the facility usage and spectators.

The facility operators of Ontario have a different organizational structure. The facilities in Orillia are managed by the City of Orillia. Orillia Minor Hockey is a user group as any other entity utilizing the facilities. The City of Orillia has the following policy for facility users:

All participants, parents/guardians/spectators will be required to show proof of double vaccination (second dose received at least 14 days prior to visit) or a letter stating a medical exemption* each time they enter a recreation facility, with the following exemptions:

·        Children under the age of 12

·        Youth under the age of 18 who are actively participating in an organized sport

·         **People between the ages of 12-18 will be exempt from the vaccination requirement while at the facility actively participating in an organized sport but will be required to show proof of vaccination while at the facility as a spectator**

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the usage of the City of Orillia Facilities please contact the City of Orillia.

Orillia Minor Hockey, both House league and Representative, must follow the Ontario Minor Hockey Associations Vaccine Requirements to be insured. As per their vaccine requirements, any player 2009 and older must be double vaccinated + 14 days in order to be rostered by October 31, 2021.

Thank you for your patience as we work through these constantly changing rules.

 

Steve Fagan

President 

Orillia Minor hockey


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