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Proof of Vaccination Required for Sport and Recreational Participation

By Ontario Volleyball, 12/14/21, 9:30AM EST


The Government of Ontario announced on Dec. 10, 2021 that is introducing new public health measures in response to the recent escalation in cases of the COVID-19 virus. The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is taking action to further encourage vaccination and help limit the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. These measures will help reduce the risk of transmission during the winter months.  

As part of those measures, effective Dec. 20, 2021, the Government of Ontario will now require proof of vaccination for youth aged 12* to 17 years who are participating in organized sports at recreational facilities. 

Please note: the January 2022 Convention Centre events for the TNS to 16U Divisions will now require all athletes 12+ to show proof of vaccination to enter the building in Ottawa and Niagara Falls. If your team is unable to compete due to lack of fully vaccinated athletes, please contact the respective youth competitions staff: 

Kaitlin Malyon: TNS and 15U 
Mark Wiersma: 16U  

*Effective January 1, 2022, children have a grace period of 12 weeks from their 12th birthday during which they must provide identification at the point of entry, but do not need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is to allow a reasonable opportunity for vaccination to be completed.

The Ontario Volleyball Association continues to work in consultation with the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries as we communicate important government directives and updates related to the current global pandemic. 

The OVA will update the Return to Play Guide as soon as possible.  

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For further information please refer to the latest bulletins on the COVID-19 Updates page, which has all the latest information from the OVA, as well as resources for your club members. Please consider placing a dedicated link to the COVID-19 Updates on the homepage on your website. 

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