Whether a person needs to be vaccinated to enter an indoor sports or recreational fitness facility will depend on the reason they are entering the facility and their age.
Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a letter of instructions to sports and recreational fitness facilities (PDF file) for Organized Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities. This letter requires all such facilities with indoor areas used for Organized Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities to implement a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires every person 12 years and older to provide identification and proof of vaccination or a valid medical exemption before entering an indoor area of the facility for the purpose of:
- actively participating in one or more Organized Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities; or
- coaching, training, instructing, officiating or having similar involvement in Organized Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities.
On November 2, Halton’s MOH amended the letter of instructions to indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to add a grace period of 12 weeks for children turning 12 years old to provide a reasonable opportunity for their vaccination to be completed. For more information read Halton’s November 2 media release.
Organized Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities include (but are not limited to) extracurricular sports and recreational fitness activities, sports leagues, organized pick-up sports, dance classes, gymnastics, martial arts, swimming classes and all related training, practices, games and competitions.
These policies will help to protect the health of all participants, coaches, officials, volunteers, spectators and others – including people with weaker immune systems or who cannot be vaccinated for COVID-19 because of their age or for medical reasons. These policies will benefit all participants by helping to prevent interruptions and disruptions caused by outbreaks.
As part of Step 3 of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen (external link) (O. Reg. 364/20 (external link)), identification and proof of vaccination are required for all persons 12 years and older entering indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities including gyms, sporting events with spectators, facilities used for personal physical fitness training and waterparks. There are some exemptions (see the Province’s Proof of COVID-19 vaccination website for more information (external link)), but the provincial exemption for active participants (including coaches, trainers, instructors, officials etc.) will not be available in Halton Region effective November 26, 2021 given the Medical Officer of Health’s instruction dated October 19, 2021.