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Proof of Vaccination Guidelines

In general:

  1. Athletes under the age of 18, do not have to be double-vaccinated.  This applies to all facilities we currently use.  
  2. Anyone 18 years and older, must be double-vaccinated to enter RIM Park and the University of Waterloo facility.  Proof of vaccination must be shown with photo ID.  No word from Woodland Christian HS yet.
  3. Everyone entering any of our practice facilities must have completed the health questionnaire and show it to their coach.  This includes players, coaches, parents and any other spectator.  Only one spectator for family please until further notice is received.  The link to the health questionnaire for the athletes can be found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.  The adult questionnaire can be found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/worker/.
  4. Anyone entering any of our practice facilities will need to sign the tracking sheet.
  5. Spectators and coaches must wear masks while in the practice or competition facility and must maintain 2m spacing.
  6. The second vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days before the current date.

Government of Ontario Announces Plan to Exit Step 3 of the Re-Opening Framework

By Ontario Volleyball, 10/22/21, 3:30PM EDT

Update on Government vaccine regulations and guidance

By Ontario Volleyball, 09/21/21, 3:45PM EDT

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The Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) would like to provide updated information regarding how the Provincially mandated Proof of Vaccination and Identification rules will impact member clubs and membership, as the regulations come into effect as of September 22, 2021.  

The OVA does not have a mandatory vaccine policy to participate in OVA programs and events; however, the OVA and its members are responsible for following the Ontario government regulations, Public Health mandates and facilities rules and regulations.  

As per Ontario Government regulations, “The person responsible for a business or an organization that is open...shall require each patron who enters an area of the premises of the business or organization...at the point of entry, proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.” 

This “applies with respect to the following areas of the premises of the following businesses and organizations

  • The indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and personal physical fitness trainers, including, for greater certainty, the indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events...” 
     
Facilities information

Per Government of Ontario regulations:

  • The Ontario Guidance document sets out baseline requirements that specified businesses and organizations must comply with in accordance with section 2.1 of Schedule 1 of O Reg. 364/20. It does not preclude businesses or organizations from establishing their own additional policies or requirements pertaining to their patrons” (p1) 
  • If a facility requires proof of vaccination and identification, a person must be fully vaccinated and have received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14-days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.  
  • Should an individual choose not to share the required information with a facility, unless the Re-Opening Ontario Act (ROA) otherwise exempts them from this requirement, they will not be permitted to enter those businesses or organizations that require proof. 
  • If a patron is looking for an exemption due to creed/religious beliefs, confirm what steps and documents the facility requires of those patrons to gain access.  
The OVA and its member Clubs must follow facility regulations. If a facility requires proof of vaccination and identification, or valid medical exemption letter, individuals must provide those documents upon entry to access the facility. 
 

*Please ensure to discuss vaccine requirements with each facility that is booked for Club activities*  

Participants under 18 (pg 13)

Per Government of Ontario regulations:

  • Youth under 18 years of age actively participating in an organized sport, including training, practices, games and competitions are not required to provide proof of vaccines and identification.
    Examples include: sports leagues, organized pick-up sports, dance classes, martial arts, swimming classes 
  • Youth under 18 years of age that are spectating, including at sporting events are required to provide proof of vaccines and identification, or proof of a medical exemption. 
  • Youth under 18 years of age using a gym or other area with exercise equipment or weights are required to provide proof of vaccines and identification, or proof of a medical exemption.  

The regulations do not prevent businesses or organizations from  establishing their own additional policies or requirements pertaining to their patrons, including having a mandatory vaccine requirement to enter. 
 

Participants over 18

Per Government of Ontario regulations:

  • As of Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021, “Adult (18+) patrons accessing the facility for any purpose, including parents or guardians of youth participating in an organized sport” (p. 13), are required to show proof of vaccination (pp. 6-8) and identification (pp. 8-9), unless they have proof of a medical exemption (p.6, h).  
  • Athletes 18 years of age or older that are participating in an organized sport are required to show proof of vaccination and identification, unless they have proof of a medical exemption to any facility that requires it 
  • Proof of vaccination (or proof of being entitled to an exemption) is not required for workers or volunteers, including coaches and officials (p 13). 

The regulations do not preclude businesses or organizations from establishing their own additional policies or requirements pertaining to their patrons. 
 

Should an individual choose not to share the required information then, unless the ROA otherwise exempts them from this requirement, they will not be permitted to enter those businesses or organizations that require proof. There is no grace period in the Ontario regulations for sport.  

The most recent OVA virtual Town Hall discussing the Government’s Proof of Vaccination has been uploaded to the OVA YouTube channel. To view the recording, please click here. The presentation slides are also available for download on the OVA’s Town Hall webpage

The OVA and its clubs and members are legally required to follow the Government of Ontario’s regulations. 

Any OVA-specific questions can be directed to: info@ontariovolleyball.org 

Any complaints and/or questions about the regulations should be directed to the Ministry of Health

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support as we continue to navigate this ongoing pandemic. 

Take care, stay healthy and we hope to see you back on the courts soon. 

Additional Resources

Official Government regulations (O. Reg. 645/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP)

Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act

Download your electronic vaccination receipt

How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment 

U of W

Athletes participating in practice that are under that age of 18 must have at least one vaccination with the second one pending..

Anyone entering the facility that is 18 and older must be double vaccinated.

 

RIM Park

Athletes participating in practice that are under that age of 18 do not have to be double vaccinated.

Anyone entering the facility that is 18 and older must be double vaccinated.

We will be entering RIM Park through the back of the building, Door E.

Attached are the NEW RIM PARK rules and the RIM Park questionnaire.  RIM Park will be taking care of

  1. Parents Questionnaires.  The questionnaire is attached.  If a parent plans to watch practice (only one parent per athlete), they should bring this with them filled out.
  2. Parents tracking sheet.  RIM Park will track parents and spectators.
  3. Parent and spectator vaccine.  Parents and spectators have to show proof of their two vaccines.