BGHC COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol Update - September 23, 2021
The BGHC is passionate about the necessity of youth sport in our community and is committed to continuing all BGHC programs for the upcoming season. The following information is to provide further clarity regarding the rules and regulations surrounding Covid-19 Vaccination protocols set in place for the City of Burlington and the BGHC. These rules will apply to players, coaches, spectators and other participants at BGHC events (i.e. practices, games, events, etc…). These rules will be subject to change as developments mandate.
The BGHC is governed by the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA). In addition, the BGHC must follow the regulations set forth by the Province of Ontario and the City of Burlington. Please be aware that each city/town/region and organization may set their own public and private facility regulations that, at minimum, must meet the provincial regulations, but may exceed vaccination regulations required. As such, regulations set in place by any host facility must be met in order for a participant or spectator to gain access to a facility for a game, practice or event. We encourage all participants to confer with their team manager prior to all events taking place outside of the City of Burlington to properly understand the regulations within that region.
City of Burlington Facilities
The following guide has been posted to the city of Burlington website to answer many questions pertaining to vaccination regulations and facility access in our community.
City of Burlington Vaccination Requirements:
- In compliance with provincial direction, as of September 22, 2021, all individuals aged 12 years or older must provide identification and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (or medical exemption) to access recreation and culture facilities.
- Exemptions exist for all players under 18 years of age, and on-ice staff who are entering the indoor premises of a facility used for sports and recreational fitness activities solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport.
- Children under 12, who are currently unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt.
Proof of vaccination requirements
- Individuals are considered fully vaccinated after receiving the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (e.g. two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series, plus 14 days from last shot).
- Proof of vaccination will be required at entry, along with photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or health card that has your full name and date of birth. You can print or download a vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal or call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. An enhanced digital vaccine receipt is expected from the Province of Ontario as of October 22.
The BGHC will continue to keep our community updated, to the best of our ability, of any changes to restrictions as we transition into this new stage of the pandemic. We ask for your participation and patience as we all work together to provide the best opportunity to keep our athletes on the ice. To learn more about Ontario’s proof of vaccination program, please visit the provincial website for Frequently Asked Questions.
The BGHC Board of Directors