New measures take effect on October 1

As the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit local communities, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Karim Kurji, has issued a Letter of Instruction to Owners/Operators of facilities where organized sports are played and/or practiced.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on October 1, 2021, and until further notice unless otherwise specified, all persons responsible for facilities where organized sports are played and/or practiced must:

  1. Require each person, age 12 years and older, at the point of entry, who attends the indoor area of the facility for the purpose of (a) actively participating in organized sports, (b) coaching, officiating at organized sports or volunteering, or (c) spectating at organized sports, to provide identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or a valid medical exemption.
  2. Comply with all other requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act and its regulations that apply to the facility.

The Town of Aurora will comply with the new instructions and request identification and proof of vaccination, or a valid medical exemption for all facility entrants aged 12 and up; however, to ensure that users have time to comply with the new guidelines, the Town will take an education-first approach until November 1, 2021.

“These new measures will help us to better protect our community and our residents. We are in another wave of this pandemic and these new guidelines are needed to provide another added layer of protection and support our reopening plan to provide programs and services to our residents,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “Out of consideration for the changing landscape for users, we are instituting a grace period until November 1, to make sure that people have time to come into compliance with the new instructions. As we have done consistently throughout this pandemic, we are striking a balance between protecting our community, and respecting individual circumstances.”

Activities related to organized sports have the potential to enhance COVID-19 transmission through close contact, forceful exhalation, prolonged exposure, crowded indoor spaces and masks and face coverings removed during physical activity.

Verifying proof of vaccination for persons 12 years and older in the facilities noted above, in accordance with York Region’s Letter of Instruction, will strengthen protection for York Region communities by helping curb the spread of COVID-19.