COVID-19 Vaccination Screening

The Province of Ontario announced that effective September 22, 2021, Ontarians will be required to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of their vaccination, along with a photo ID, to access particular public settings and facilities. 

What does this mean for Rangers hockey?

 All spectators, age 12 and older, seeking access to any Sensplex facility, City of Ottawa rink or a fitness centre, will be required to show proof of identification (ID) and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entering the facility.

Additionally, all individuals must complete their team-specific Rangers COVID screening form prior to entering the facility. The screening form must be completed, and verified by the team COVID Safety Officer, on the same day as their event/practice.

Our role as volunteers is to make our best efforts to check vaccination documentation not to enforce the policy. The responsibility of enforcement lies with Sensplex/City of Ottawa staff.  Should someone not provide proof of vaccination along with a valid ID, the matter will be escalated to facility staff.

To obtain your proof of vaccinations, please visit the Government of Ontario’s website – click here.

At City of Ottawa facilities, the Ranger team’s COVID safety officer will be responsible for screening and verification of vaccination .

At  the Sensplex, the Ranger team’s COVID safety officer will be responsible for only screening as vaccination verification will be done by the Sensplex Staff.

At present coaches and rostered bench staff directly involved with the game/practice, are permitted to enter the facility without proof of vaccination, but must still submit the Rangers COVID screening form. 

As we progress with the start of the 2021/2022 hockey season, we want to encourage all Rangers families to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. With upcoming out-of-town hockey tournaments, some facilities outside of our community will require all participants 12 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated. That would include all participants, volunteers, bench staff and spectators. Those not having approved vaccination receipts will not be permitted to take part in these events. 

Please note: at this time, the Rangers are reviewing a mandatory vaccination policy for all participants, 12 years of age and older. Should the policy be approved, it would be effective November 1, 2021.  

Should you have any questions about the information noted in this email, please reach out to the following Gloucester Rangers contacts:

FAQ: 

Are participants exempt?  

Yes, if under 18 years old. Any spectator 12 years and older is not exempt.

Are volunteers serving their duties exempt?  

Yes, this includes coaches, managers, trainers, etc… but they must be serving in their duties, specific to that ice time.  

Do the rules change outside of the City of Ottawa?  

It is possible that a local public health unit or a facility will apply more stringent requirements to the minimum requirements dictated by the Province of Ontario.  The screening and verification process may also change from rink to rink.  

What documents can be used as proof of vaccination?  

All Ontarians receiving a vaccine, whether at first dose or second dose, are provided a receipt at the time of vaccination. A paper copy of the receipt, an electronic version or a downloaded/printed copy from the COVID-19 vaccination provincial portal are all accepted proof of vaccination.  Proof of vaccination will be accepted if the person’s name and date of birth on their identification document matches the vaccination booklet/receipt with name and date of birth and if the person is fully vaccinated. 

To obtain your proof of vaccinations, please visit the Government of Ontario’s website – click here.

What forms of ID can be used as proof of ID? 

Proof of identity can be established provided it includes the name of the holder and date of birth.  Photo identification is not required.  

Examples of identification documents that may be used include: Birth certificate, Citizenship card, Driver’s licence, Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, including health card, Indian Status Card /Indigenous Membership Card, Passport, Permanent Resident card.

Validation of identification is considered to have been completed/successful when the name and date of birth of the presenter of the vaccination receipt and the name and date of birth on the identification document match. If the name and date of birth on both documents do not match, the individual will not be permitted to enter the facility.

Where can I find more information?