OWHA Vaccination Policy
A reminder that Oct 17, 2021 is the final date for players born in 2009 or earlier to receive their second COVID-19 vaccination dose in accordance with the OWHA Vaccination Policy effective Nov 1, 2021. These players are prohibited from participating in OWHA sanctioned activities after Oct 17, 2021 if they have not received their second COVID-19 vaccination dose.
We are in conversation with the OWHA to determine if there would be an allowance for players who are in the process of receiving their second dose before Nov 1, 2021.
After October 17, 2021, any affected person who is not fully vaccinated (excluding the 14-day period after receiving their completed dose) or who has not been granted an accommodation in accordance with Section 6 of the OWHA Vaccination Policy, will no longer be eligible to participate in any sanctioned activities until such time as they have presented satisfactory evidence that they have been fully vaccinated (including the 14-day period after receiving their completed dose) or have been granted an accommodation.
This policy comes from the OWHA and all OWHA participants are required to comply. By not following these rules, we put our teams and the organization at risk.
In addition to this, spectators born in 2009 and earlier, are still required to show proof of full vaccination as directed by Peterborough Public Health and the City of Peterborough.
Enforcement of these policies is conducted by volunteers. These individuals are offering their time and energy to ensure our players can continue to come to the rink and participate in the game of hockey. We kindly ask that everyone do their part to assist in a smooth transition during this process and not place additional stress on volunteers who are already doing more work than we could have imagined.
The PGHA has zero tolerance for any violation of these policies and/or abuse towards our volunteers. Anyone caught attending a sanctioned activity, without proper proof of full vaccination, should be reported to the PGHA Executive and their name will be directed to the local Public Health Authority for investigation, as well as the City of Peterborough.
The City has stated that access will not be permitted to any individuals who do not complete all mandatory tasks and that failure to comply with facility guidelines may result in discipline such as facility bans and/or cancellation of permitted rental time.
As instructed by the Medical Officer of Health: Pursuant to Section 2 (2.1) of O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3:
these instructions are enforceable in accordance with the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA), and will be monitored and enforced by Public Health Inspectors. Failure to comply, by either the patron or the business or organization may result in charges being laid under the ROA. If charged under Part I of the Provincial Offences Act (POA), set fine amounts are $750 for individuals and $1000 for corporations. Maximum penalties based on prosecution under Part I or Part III of the POA include fines of up to $100,000 and up to a year in jail for an individual; up to $500,000 and up to a year in jail for an individual who is a director or officer of a corporation; and up to $10 million for a corporation.
To submit a complaint to PPH, people can use the online form https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/for-professionals/health-professionals/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-professionals/reporting-complaints/#PH
The OWHA policy update from Oct 4, 2021 can be found on the PGHA Website under the COVID-19 page along with the OWHA accommodation form.