With the reopening of the Government of Ontario's Step 3 measures, there are new guidelines for individuals looking to participate and spectate at upcoming OVA volleyball tournaments. A full reference guide is available here for more details and information on the OVA’s guidelines.
Here are some of the important notes for OVA members moving forward in Step 3:
Face masks must be worn at all times. The only exception are the athletes when on the court for training or competition. Masks can be removed temporarily when consuming food and drink.
For indoor competition, there is a capacity limit of 50%. Clubs are still asked to confirm with facilities they are using to confirm the limit.
Physical distancing is no longer required in the field of play and spectator areas.
Proof of vaccination remains as it was prior to the return to Step 3.
Proof is required for everyone ages 12 and up. Patrons must present an enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR Code, which can be scanned using the Verify Ontario App. Vaccine receipts without a QR code are no longer accepted as a valid proof of vaccination.
Contact Tracing is also no longer required.
For any more information on the governments reopening, please visit the Government of Ontario's public health measures webpage.
With indoor competitions once again returning, it is imperative that concussion safety is at the forefront of OVA events. Phase II of Rowan's Law began on January 1, 2022. The second phase introduces another step for sport organizations to fulfill by establishing a Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocol. For clubs, this will mean identifying Designates on-site at practices, training and competitions. The Designates will be responsible for safe removal and return through informing and reporting.
Please view the documents provided in the links for details on Phase II.