News and Announcements
Hi everyone , please see below and attached from the NOHA
The document NOHA_Vaccination_Policy_Update_-_February_23__2022.pdf was attached to this post.
NCHA is looking for feedback regarding the AAA hockey in our region.
Please take the time to respond to this quick survey.
NOHA Affiliation Extension – February 25th
The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), via Hockey Canada, have provided for some flexibility with respect to Affiliation so to allow Teams to continue to play games in a safe manner.
The NOHA Board of Directors have approved that Associations can continue to add Affiliate Players to rosters until February 25, 2022 at midnight. As the HCR is presently locked automatically as we are past the last registration date, any Affiliate Player additions must be sent to Kiersten Maitland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For affiliation within the Association, simply provide the names to her. For example, a Player from North Bay U13 HL is affiliating to North Bay U13 A. While the forms are required internally by the Association, the NOHA does not require these forms.
Where a Player from one Association is affiliating to another, the forms must be provided to Kiersten.
If you have any questions, please contact Kiersten at email@example.com
The document Affiliation_Extension_-_February_22__2022.pdf was attached to this post.
Proof of Vaccination & Legislation
We received a few inquiries with regards to Proof of Vaccination and whether it is still required for ages 12+ to enter recreational facilities.
We understand that the communication from Public Health Sudbury & District in which they stated a rescindment of their Letter of Instruction dated January 12, 2022, included some information about facilities and proof of vaccination, however, this was Local Instruction.
We’ve been advised by PHSD that provincial directives and legislation remain the governance and, as such, those 12 and over entering a facility (as part of an ice activity or as a spectator) must present Proof of Covid Vaccination (QR Code) (2 doses, 14 days prior to the date of entry to a facility).
Applicable provincial legislation below:
Proof of vaccination
2.1 (1) The person responsible for a business or an organization described in subsection (2) that is open shall require each patron who enters an area of the premises of the business or organization that is described in that subsection to provide, at the point of entry, proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
(2) Subsection (1) applies with respect to the following areas of the premises of the following businesses and organizations:
1. The indoor areas of restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments where dance facilities are not provided, but not with respect to takeout and delivery service.
2. The indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs, restoclubs and other similar establishments, but not with respect to takeout and delivery service.
3. The indoor areas of meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres, but not including places described in subsection 4 (2) of this Schedule.
4. The indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and facilities where personal physical fitness trainers provide instruction, including, for greater certainty, the indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events, but not including places described in subsection 16 (4) of Schedule 2.
5. The indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments.
6. The indoor areas of concert venues, theatres and cinemas.
7. The indoor areas of strip clubs.
8. The indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.
9. The indoor areas of places where commercial film and television production takes place, where there is a studio audience. For the purposes of this paragraph, a member of the studio audience is considered to be a patron of the production.
10. Any of the following outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons:Outdoor meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres, but not including places described in subsection 4 (2) of this Schedule.
ii. Outdoor facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and facilities where personal physical fitness trainers provide instruction, including, for greater certainty, the outdoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events, but not including places described in subsection 16 (4) of Schedule 2.
iii. Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas.
iv. Outdoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.
(2.1) Despite paragraph 1 of subsection (2), subsection (1) does not apply to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments that are located in a sterile area of an airport.
(2.2) For the purposes of subsection (2.1),
“sterile area” has the same meaning as in the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 made under the Aeronautics Act (Canada).
(3) Subsection (1) does not apply where a patron is entering an indoor area solely,
(a) to use a washroom;
(b) to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route;
© to make a retail purchase;
(d) while placing or picking up an order, including placing a bet or picking up winnings in the case of a horse racing track;
(e) while paying for an order;
(f) to purchase admission; or
(g) as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.
(3.1) Despite subsection (1), if a quick service restaurant or other establishment at which food or drink is sold requires all dine-in patrons to order or select their food or drink at a counter, food bar or cafeteria line and pay before receiving their order, the person responsible for the restaurant or establishment may require dine-in patrons to provide the information described in that subsection at the counter, food bar or cafeteria line.
(3.2) Subsection (3.1) does not apply to bars, nightclubs, restoclubs or other similar establishments.
(4) The person responsible for a business or an organization to which this section applies shall comply with guidance published by the Ministry of Health on its website specifying,
(a) what constitutes proof of,
(ii) being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and
(iii) being entitled to an exemption under subsection (6); and
(b) the manner of confirming, for the purposes of this section, that a patron is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or is entitled to an exemption under subsection (6).
(5) For the purpose of this section, a person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if,
(a) they have received,
(i) the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines,
(ii) 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
(iii) three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
(b) they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.
(6) A business or an organization is exempt from the requirement under subsection (1) in respect of patrons,
(a) who are under 12 years of age;
(a.1) who were born in 2010 and who are 12 years and 12 weeks of age or younger;
(b) Revoked: O. Reg. 846/21, s. 1.
(b.1) who provide documentation that confirms, in accordance with the Ministry’s guidance mentioned in subsection (4), that the patron is currently participating in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial that is authorized by Health Canada and specified in that guidance;
© who provide documentation that, in accordance with the Ministry’s guidance mentioned in subsection (4),
(i) confirms that the patron has a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and
(ii) specifies the effective time-period for the medical reason;
(d) who are entering the premises of a meeting or event space, including a conference centre or convention centre, solely for the purposes of attending a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a funeral service, rite or ceremony, but not an associated social gathering; or
(e) who are entering the premises of a meeting or event space that is located in a place of worship or in a funeral establishment, cemetery, crematorium or similar establishment that provides funeral, cemetery or cremation services and that is operated by a person licensed under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002, for the purposes of attending a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony.
(f) Revoked: O. Reg. 732/21, s. 1 (1).
(7) A person who is a patron shall not enter an area described in subsection (2) without providing the information required by subsection (1) except,
(a) for a purpose specified in subsection (3); or
(b) in the circumstances described in subsection (6).
(8) A business or organization may use an electronic application to confirm, for the purposes of this section, that a patron is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or is entitled to an exemption under subsection (6) only if the electronic application is listed in the guidance published by the Ministry of Health on its website.
(9) A person who provides any information to a business or an organization to satisfy a requirement under this section shall ensure that their information is complete and accurate.
(10) Subject to subsection (11), no person shall retain, record, copy, modify, use or disclose any information provided pursuant to this section.
(11) A business or organization may use information provided pursuant to this section solely for the purpose of confirming, for the purposes of this section, that a patron is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or is entitled to an exemption under subsection (6).
Type of Proof of Vaccination – QR Code only
A reminder that, as per the Ontario Government, the only proof of vaccination that is now valid as of January 4, 2022 is the Enhanced Vaccine Certificate that includes the QR Code. This QR Code is scanned and validated, along with a government issued ID. The information on the ID must match the information on the vaccine certificate, such as Date of Birth, name, etc.
Those without the enhanced vaccine certificate or proper matching government issued ID will not be permitted into the facility. If you have any further questions regarding vaccine certificate requirements or any other Public Health guidelines, directives, or questions, please contact PHSD directly at 705 522-9200.
Extension of Regular Season
As per prior communication, we are extending Regular Season Ice and Fees until the end of April 2022. The final day of ice bookings is Sunday, April 24th, 2022. If you have not yet advised Jenn and / or Carol by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org that your association or group is extending their season, please do so right away.
Hope everyone enjoyed their first week back on the ice!
All the best,
Jody Cameron, MBA
Manager of Arenas
Arena Section / Leisure Services
P: (705) 674-4455, ext. 3434
F: (705) 670-0601