KFL&A Health Unit Press Release

Below you will find a press release issued October 4 by the KFL&A Health Unit. Let me summarize as it pertains to our program, if and when we resume play.

ALL coaches , volunteers and officials MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 and MUST show proof of their vaccination status prior to participating.

In addition to this requirement, we will be requiring that anyone entering the places where we play. or participating in league activities, must also be fully vaccinated and show proof of such. For players, at this point in time it will apply to all those 12 years of age or older. If vaccination is available for the balance of our age groups in the coming months, proof of vaccination for them will also be required.

As with the Health Unit requirements, we have made this decision in the best interests of the public and our league families. Once we know return to play status we will share with you additional information about our safety plan. RB

Here is the Press Release

“Kingston – Today, Dr. Hugh Guan, Acting Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health issued a Letter of Instruction pursuant to Section 2 (2.1) of Schedule 1 of Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Stepto enforce required proof of vaccination for volunteers, coaches, and officials participating or associated with indoor organized sports and recreation activities, effective 12:01 a.m. on October 5, 2021. Organized sports are defined as sports and recreation activities including, but not limited to, sports leagues, organized pick-up sports, dance classes, gymnastics, martial arts, and swimming classes, or as otherwise described in the Ministry of Health’s proof of vaccination guidance for businesses and organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020.
“Indoor sports and recreation activities have the potential to increase COVID-19 transmission especially when participants remove their mask during activity,” said Dr. Hugh Guan. “This letter of instruction adds another layer of protection to decrease any exposure to COVID-19 for volunteers, coaches, and officials who are in close and prolonged contact with participants.”

Indoor sports and recreation activities may facilitate all five risk factors for COVID-19 transmission which include: close contact, closed spaces, crowded places, prolonged exposure, and forceful exhalation. The new provincial proof of vaccination requirements have exempted certain participants of organized sports, including volunteers, coaches and officials. Given that these individuals are necessary for the operation of organized sport and will have close and prolonged contact with participants, these instructions for proof of vaccination requirement will protect them and decrease risk of COVID-19 exposures in our community.

The Letter of Instruction is effective as of 12:01 a.m. on October 5, 2021 and will remain in effect until such time as the Medical Officer of Health determines it is no longer required. Individuals who do not comply with this Letter of Instruction may be liable for a fine up to a maximum of $100,000.

To learn more about COVID-19, how you can protect yourself and what to do if you suspect you may be at risk, visit kflaph.ca/Coronavirus or Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.”

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