The new regulation, enacted by the Simcoe-Muskoka Region Health Commissioner, is in addition to the provincial requirement that spectators must provide proof of vaccination
As promised yesterday, the local health department today issued an order requiring trainers and instructors to provide proof of vaccination before entering sports and recreational facilities in the Simcoe-Muskoka area.
Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, today issued an instruction providing proof of vaccination by November 25th for anyone 12 years or older who coach, teach, teach, volunteer, or participate in organized sports.
The province requires spectators to provide proof of vaccination, but not the same proof from coaches and officials.
Young people under the age of 18 who do sport and leisure do not have to present proof of vaccination from the state or the health department. Some sports organizations have added their own rules to the vaccination regulations for young people who participate in the youth program, in addition to the vaccination regulations decided by the province and the health department.
School sports are exempt from Gardner’s new order.
Gardner said yesterday that part of the reason for his new arrangement is to protect children who play sports who cannot be vaccinated.
“Sports and recreational fitness activities provide participants with physical and mental health benefits,” Gardner said in a press release. “However, many of these activities are highly intense, and involve heavy breathing, prolonged close contact, and the lack of source control masks. Put people at higher risk of transmitting COVID-19. “
The sports and leisure facilities are responsible for checking the vaccination certificates.
Trainers and volunteers will be required to provide proof of vaccination by November 25th so that unvaccinated individuals have sufficient time to receive both doses of the vaccine and be fully vaccinated when the order goes into effect.
The rule applies to all indoor sports and recreational facilities in Simcoe County, Barrie, Orillia, and Muskoka District.
You can read the full instruction letter on the health centre’s website here. The same rules for medical exemption already included in the Reopening Ontario Act apply.
The health authorities can issue instructions for the implementation of temporary public health measures in accordance with the Health Protection and Promotion Act.