Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine Required at Municipal Recreation Facilities

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Rules for indoor sports, recreational facilities and event facilities in Middlesex County and across Ontario continue to change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Established by the Province of Ontario and/or the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU), the rules are there to make sure that everyone is doing their part to keep themselves, and each other, safe and healthy.  

As a facility operator, the Municipality of Middlesex Centre must follow Provincial and MLHU rules. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we take the necessary steps to provide a safe environment for patrons, participants, visitors and municipal staff in these challenging times.
 

Provincial Proof of Vaccination Requirements

Effective September 22, 2021, as per Provincial regulation, patrons seeking access to the Wellness Centre, Ilderton Arena and all municipal community centres must show proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can enter the facilities, with limited exceptions.

Further, the Middlesex London Health Unit has announced new rules related to vaccine requirements: "Starting October 31, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for anyone over the age of 12 who enters an indoor area of a sports or recreational fitness facility to participate in, coach, officiate, or watch organized sport."

An individual is considered to be fully vaccinated if they have received:

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, or
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or 
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
  • They have received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing proof of being fully vaccinated.

 

The attached guidance document provides full details on how the proof of vaccination will be enforced at Middlesex Centre facilities. The following provides a high-level summary of the guidance document.

Providing Proof of Vaccination, ID and Daily COVID-19 Screening

Patrons should plan to arrive at our facilities approximately 30 minutes before their scheduled time.

Please note that entry may be delayed until previous groups depart due to COVID-19 venue capacity rules.

All patrons will be met and asked to provide the following documents prior to entry:

  • A paper or downloaded copy of their full dose Vaccine Certificate(s) or the enhanced QR Code Vaccine Certificate
  • Proof of identity showing the name and date of birth (e.g., Birth Certificate, Citizenship Card, Driver’s Licence, or Government-Issued Identification Card, i.e., Health Card, Indian Status Card, Passport or Permanent Resident Card)
  • A completed and successful COVID-19 Visitor Screening Result. This may be completed via smartphone or paper copy for contract tracing purposes (one per household).  Paper copies of the daily screening are available on-site or may be printed in advance (attached below). The QR Code for smartphone screening below, and you'll find it posted at arena and community centre entrances as well.
QR Code - Patron Self-Screening for COVID-19
Who is Required to Provide Proof of Vaccination?

In general, the policy applies to everyone 12 years of age and older, with a few exceptions.

Starting October 31, 2021, proof of vaccination requirements do not apply to:

  • Children under 12 years of age.
  • A patron who is entering an indoor area solely for the following purposes: 
    • to access the Middlesex County Library (Wellness Centre Branch);
    • while paying/signing for a contract at the Customer Service Counter (Wellness Centre); or
    • as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.
  • Patrons who provide a written document, completed and supplied by a physician or nurse practitioner stating that the individual is exempt for a medical reason from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the effective time-period for the medical reason. Patrons with a medical exemption are required to present identification and a written document stating the individual is exempt for a medical reason to the business or organization. Contractors and others doing work on-site must provide proof of a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to attending the facility.

Please see guidance document below for full details.

Community Centre Rentals

For those renting any one of our five community centres, the individual or group holding the Facility Rental Agreement must actively screen individuals who enter the facility as noted above. 

Please see guidance document below for full details.

Masks & Face Coverings

Any individual entering all Middlesex Centre facilities must wear a face mask that covers their mouth, nose, and chin unless exempt through the exemptions set out in subsection (4) of O.Reg 364/20. Note that children under 2 are exempt from wearing a mask.

Arenas: Masks must be always worn in the arena. Users must wear them when entering the facility, while they are in the dressing rooms, and while exiting the facility. They may remove their mask when exiting the dressing room to go onto the ice surface but must put them back on when re-entering the dressing rooms after their ice time.

During Programs/Practices/Games: During games or while on ice, participants are not required to wear masks. Participants do not require masks while on the bench; however, all coaching staff and trainers must wear masks while on the bench.

Spectators: Spectators must always remain masked. They may pull their mask down in order to consume food and drink, but otherwise must remain masked even if they are physically distanced from people outside of their household.
Those who may have a medical exemption for wearing a mask are to let staff/security know at check in so the appropriate accommodations can be made. If a medical exemption from wearing a face mask is provided, a face shield may be requested as an alternative. 

Respecting Staff - The R Zone Policy

It bears reminding that Middlesex Centre facility staff don’t set the rules, but do have an important role to play in enforcing them. 

If a staff member, contracted security guard or association volunteer reminds you about the COVID-19 rules and requirements, they are doing their job. Please take their comments as a friendly reminder, and do your part by following the rules.

The Municipality of Middlesex Centre has a zero-tolerance policy – the R Zone – for violence, vandalism and inappropriate behaviour at recreational facilities, community centres, parks and programs. This policy applies to everyone – coaches, parents, players, performers, audiences and visitors.

No form of violence, vandalism or inappropriate behaviour is acceptable on municipal properties, in facilities or programs. Failure to abide by the R Zone Policy will lead to immediate removal from the premise and/or trespass for up to 3 years and/or escalation to the OPP.

Where can I get a copy of my Vaccine Certificate?

You can get a copy of your vaccine certificates from the Province of Ontario Website:

PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION

If you have a red and white health card, or don't have a health card, you can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

The Middlesex County Library is offering to print copies of vaccination certificates for those that need assistance.

Can I show proof of vaccination on my phone?

You may use the Province's new enhanced "QR code" vaccine certificate to show proof of vaccination on your phone.

You will also have to provide proof of identification. 

Note that we do not accept proof of screening or vaccination via Apple Wallet (or similar).  While you are welcome to keep your vaccine certificates on your phone, we need to see the actual file, not just Apple Wallet's "checkmark." 

Where can I get a COVID-19 Vaccination?

Check with the Middlesex London Health Unit for a vaccination clinic near you.

Questions & Comments

For any questions regarding the provincial proof of vaccine mandate, mask requirements or other related issues, please contact Scott Mairs, Director of Community Services.