Some updates on COVID-19 vaccine rules for indoor sports and recreation in Oakville and Burlington as well as Milton and Halton Hills



Halton’s medical officer of health has changed his COVID-19 vaccination requirements for indoor sports and recreation to include a grace period for children as young as 12.

Dr Hamidah Meghani’s revised instructions state that young people will have 12 weeks from their 12th birthday to be fully vaccinated and to begin providing proof of vaccinations at that time when participating in organized sports and recreational activities. During the grace period, children are always asked to provide identification.

The original instructions, issued last month, state that proof of vaccination will be required by November 26 for residents 12 years of age and older who frequent an interior area of ​​a sports or recreation center for the purpose of actively participate, train, train, instruct, referee. or having a similar implication. Proof of vaccination or a valid medical exemption, along with identification, must be presented at the door each time they enter the facility.

“I recognize the importance of sports and recreation for the physical and mental health of children of all ages,” Meghani said in her letter.

“However, organized sports and recreational fitness activities carry specific risks, including intense exertion and close contact that can increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Halton Region has experienced sports-related outbreaks, and recent outbreaks across the province demonstrate that this potential remains a significant public health issue.

Currently, Ontario’s vaccination rules exempt people under the age of 18 who participate in organized indoor sports.

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