On September 14, the Province of Ontario announced amendments to the Reopening Ontario Act that directly impacts all members of BCHL and all Minor Hockey Associations under our umbrella.
RE: 2010 Birth Year Participants (turning 12 on or after January 1, 2022)
2010-birth year participants will be afforded a grace period of 12 weeks from the date of their 12th birthday to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Once the individual reaches 12 weeks after their birthday, they must provide proof of vaccination.
Effective September 22, all spectators of any ALLIANCE Hockey sanctioned activity - aged 12 years and over, including the parents, guardians, and siblings of players, should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination to arena staff to obtain entry to the facility.
To be clear, the September 22 rollout of the Vaccine Passport has been updated to include the areas of an indoor facility where spectators watch sports. This includes all hockey arenas in Ontario.
Along with this announcement, ALLIANCE Hockey has confirmed that there will be no changes to its mandatory vaccination policy for participants born in 2009 or earlier. The ALLIANCE policy can be found HERE along with the exemption request forms.
This is also a reminder that participants must receive their first vaccine dose by September 17 in order to achieve full vaccination/waiting period by the October 31 deadline.
Participants must upload their exemption certificates or vaccine certificates HERE as soon as possible. Those that fail to do so without a valid exemption will not be permitted to participate in ALLIANCE Hockey sanctioned activities until they can provide proof of full vaccination.
F. A. Q'S
Q – Does the Government of Ontario’s Vaccine Passport regulations apply to Spectators?
A – YES - All spectators of any ALLIANCE Hockey sanctioned activity aged 12 and over, including the parents or guardians of players, should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination to facility staff to obtain entry to the facility.
Q – Does the ALLIANCE Hockey Vaccination Policy apply to children 12 to 18?
A – Yes. The ALLIANCE Hockey Vaccination Policy will continue to apply for all Affected Persons, including those aged 12 to 18.
Q - How do I apply for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption?
A – ALLIANCE Hockey’s Exemption Request forms (Medical Accommodation form and Creed/Religion Accommodation form) can be found HERE.
Any questions regarding this process can be directed to [email protected]