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Wilmot Rec Centre Proof of Vaccination Requirements
Submitted By Stacey Dineen on Wednesday, September 22, 2021
This is complicated because there are TWO COMPLETELY SEPARATE sets of rules involved - this article will attempt to explain them both.

The first set of rules comes from the Township and it determines who is allowed to enter the Wilmot Rec Complex. This has nothing to do with hockey, the rules are the same for every organization that uses the facility.

The second set of rules applies ONLY to players, coaches, staff, and volunteers for any team or minor hockey organization under OMHA.  This has nothing to do with the Township and does not affect other activities that you might participate in at the WRC.

Here we go...

Wilmot Township Vaccination Requirements to enter the WRC building:

Non-Participants aged 18+, such as parents or spectators, must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (at least two doses 14 days prior) to enter the facility with a valid ID. It does not matter if the person is a player, a spectator, or what. All adults 18 and older must show required proof of vaccination, or they will not be allowed to enter the building.

Volunteers aged 18+, such as coaches, staff, or organized sports volunteers, who are entering the building to participate in that role, are not required to show proof of vaccination to be allowed entry to the building.  See OMHA rules that apply to all of these people later in this article.

Participants aged 12-17 (born in 2009 or earlier), who are entering the WRC to participate in an organized sports activity do not need to show proof of vaccination to be allowed entry to the building. See OMHA rules that apply to these players later in this article.  

Non-Participants aged 12-17 (born in 2009 or earlier), who are entering the WRC as spectators (even if they play on a different team on another day or time) MUST show proof of vaccination as described in the Township policy.

Anyone aged 11 or younger (born in 2010 or later) is not required to show proof of vaccination to enter the WRC.  Please note that this goes by birth year, NOT by your age on the day that you are attending the facility, and you will still have to show ID to prove age if requested.

Please note that any exemptions that are based on participation in organized sports will only apply during the time that the person is participating in that activity. If they enter the building at any other time or for any other reason, they are not treated as a participant and will be subject to non-participant requirements.

Upon arriving at the WRC arena, please ensure you have your valid ID ready for everyone entering the facility (including anyone under the age of 18).  Expect delays upon entering the facility so arrive early prior to your scheduled ice times.  Valid ID's are birth certificate, drivers licence, health card, passport, permanent residence card, citizenship card, Indian status card, Indigenous card, or government ID card.

OMHA Vaccination Requirements for Hockey Participants

Huskies players, coaches, staff, and volunteers born in 2009 and before are required to be 14 days fully vaccinated with two doses by October 31, 2021 to be rostered to a team.  We ask that players with one dose receipts please provide them to our Privacy Taker with the email subject "1 DOSE" ([email protected]) ASAP.  Failure to do so will prevent players from being assigned to a team roster by the OMHA and will not be allowed to play hockey and participate in team events until 14 days after their second dose is received. 

All Huskies players and volunteers are required to get their first and second vaccine shots ASAP.  September 26 is the last possible day someone can receive their vaccine shot with 21 days between both shots in order to be 14 days prior double vaccinated by the October 31, 2021 OMHA policy deadline.  If changes occur to the OMHA Policy, NHHA will advise its members.

For more details please refer to:
- Government Regulations
- Ministry of Health Guidance 
OMHA article 
OMHA Vaccination Policy
- Request to OMHA for Accomodation (link is also inside the OMHA Vaccination Policy document) 

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