OMHA COVID Policy to Remain
On September 20, the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) released a statement in response to the Government of Ontario’s updated Proof of Vaccination requirements and restrictions. After consulting with their Board of Directors, as well as Dr. Kiernan Moore, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, the OMHA has determined that their vaccination policy will remain in place without any changes.
Therefore, SLMH will continue to follow the OMHA mandate that all eligible participants involved in minor hockey – including players born before December 31 2009; coaches; trainers; managers; volunteers; and game officials – are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for the upcoming season. All eligible participants are required to be fully vaccinated by October 31, 2021.
Currently the OMHA policy does not cover spectators but with the implementation of the provincial government’s vaccination passport – effective on Wednesday, September 22 – all spectators will also have to provide proof of vaccination to enter the facility.
We recognize that these mandates will not be happily accepted by all of our association’s members, we also remind our members that these decisions and mandates were not created by SLMH , they are merely being enforced by the executive as an operating association of the OMHA, and as citizens of the Township of Georgian Bluffs and the province of Ontario.
As a result of these regulations, we also recognize that some members may decide to remove their children from participation with SLMH for the 2021/22 season. Those members wishing to cancel their registration should notify the SLMH executive before their child’s first tryout ,or regular skate based on the ages listed below:
· U9 – Friday, September 24
· U11 – Friday, September 24
· U13 – Friday, September 24
· U15 – Thursday, September 23
· U18 – Friday ,September 24
· U7 and U8 – Friday, October 1
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We also remind our members that SLMH is comprised of volunteers who donate their free time and do not have control or input into the decisions made by our governing bodies. Please note that any abusive or threatening communication or actions in relations to these regulations and decisions will not be tolerated.
Should our members have further concerns, they are directed to contact the OMHA, Grey Bruce Public Health our their local MPP. Please see below for links.
· Grey Bruce Public Health (Health unit)
· MPP Bill Walker
· OMHA vaccination policy
· Province of Ontario Proof of Vaccination information