Citing the increased risk of infection from the delta variant of COVID-19, Toronto Public Health issued an instruction letter on Friday requiring proof of vaccination for all people over the age of 12 who participate in organized indoor sports.
“Sports activities, by their very nature and particularly indoors, increase close contact with other participants,” wrote Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Health Officer.
“Toronto Public Health has investigated many organized sports-related COVID-19 cases and outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic. Promoting and verifying proof of vaccination for all participants eligible for vaccination, including trainers and volunteers, are important steps in mitigating these risks. “
The new rule takes effect on Monday, November 1, 2021, and applies to anyone 12 years of age or older who attends an interior area of a facility for the purpose of:
- Actively participate in organized sports
- Coaching, caring for, volunteering, or officiating organized sports
Proof of vaccination, or a valid medical exemption, will be required each time you enter a facility.
The charter places the responsibility on businesses and organizations with indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities for the policy to take effect.
Anyone who violates it can be fined under the Ontario Reopening Act, which gives municipalities the flexibility to increase the rules set by the province.