News and Announcements
Thank you all for your effort in keeping the transmission of Covid-19 and the Variants of Concern at the forefront and for ensuring that everyone involved in your teams or groups are following the COVID Guidelines for Arena Ice Users at all times.
Attached is the updated guideline document, with the following revisions listed below. Please share with all your user groups / users / stakeholders:
REVISED Coaches, volunteers, managers, association members, officials, and anyone who is on the ice, dressing room or bench with the players, and is aged 12+ must present proof of full of full vaccination for COVID-19 (both doses) along with *identification at the point of entry to the arena. Individuals can provide proof of immunization by downloading or printing their vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. Individuals 2nd dose must be at least 14 days prior to attending an arena. Proof of vaccination will be accepted if the person’s name and date of birth on their identification document matches the vaccination receipt with name and date of birth and if the person is fully vaccinated.
**For additional information on the revised guideline above, please see:
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REVISED SPECTATORS are permitted to be in the facility but must not loiter in the hallways / lobby area. Facility capacity is now at 100% and the spectator seating occupancy limit will be posted at each arena. Spectators must immediately leave the facility once the booking is completed, unless they are a parent/guardian of a young child who requires supervision.
REVISED In response to the evolving situation of the COVID-19 VOCs, the Government of Ontario has adopted a more rigorous and cautious approach to implementing public health measures when it comes to isolation. If a participant/player/spectator must remain in isolation due to close contact of a confirmed or suspected COVID Case or a school or workplace closure, access to facilities will be determined based on the directives provided by Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
REVISED Any positive cases of COVID by any participants and spectators (players, coaches, trainers, managers, parents, guardians, etc.) MUST be reported to Manager of Arenas immediately, along with the directives provided to you by Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
All the best,
The document Greater_Sudbury_Arena_User_Group_COVID_Guidelines_Stage_3_V4_October_2021.pdf was attached to this post.
As we continue to operate through these unprecedented times, please be aware that the NOHA Board of Directors has had multiple discussions since the summer about ways to enable players to continue playing this great game of hockey as safely as possible.
On September 9, 2021, the NOHA announced a COVID-19 Vaccine Policy that required all Participants born in 2009 or earlier to be fully vaccinated to participate in NOHA-sanctioned Programming.
The NOHA Board of Directors amended this policy on September 17, 2021. This decision was based on information from the Provincial Government that exempted Players who are between 12 to 17 years of age to be vaccinated.
Although the COVID-19 situation is ever-evolving, the health and priority of all Participants remains the number one priority of the NOHA. The Executive has continued to review appropriate information and has engaged in communication with legal counsel and various public health authorities, including the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Ontario, Dr. Moore and his colleague, Dr. Warshafsky. See the enclosed letter from Dr. Moore here.
After carefully considering the evolving public health response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and considering the close contact nature of our game, the NOHA Board of Directors has decided to revert to the NOHA Vaccine Policy dated September 9, 2021, which will require all Players born in 2009 or earlier to be fully vaccinated. The policy has been amended to reflect a new timeline to be fully vaccinated. Click here for the full policy.
Note that the NOHA policy also references On-Ice Officials, Volunteers, Team Officials, however per the direction of the five (5) Public Health Units in the NOHA Territory, these participants must be fully vaccinated by October 14, 2021 in order to enter the facilities in Northern Ontario.
While we understand that there may be disappointment in the change to the NOHA policy, we assure you that the decision is being made in the best interest of all Participants to provide us with the best opportunity to play a full hockey season, without the stops and starts that we encountered for much of the last season.
Should there be anything that the NOHA can do to support you through this difficult period, please do not hesitate to contact your District Council Director.
Board of directors update
For personal reasons Dale Lafrance has stepped down as 1st Vice President.
We’d like to thank Dale for the many hours he has selflessly dedicated to help our board. We wish him all the best moving forward.
On another note Michelle Vaters has been appointed 1st Vice President for the duration of this season.
As well, we’d like to welcome Yves Gervais who has accepted the Director at Large West position.
Gus, President of NCHA
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The document Permisssion_to_skate_form__Release_.pdf was attached to this post.