HEO Releases Updated Vaccination Policy

Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) has released its updated COVID-19 vaccination policy and as a member of HEO, the policy will apply to the Gloucester Rangers. The purpose of the HEO policy is to create a safe and inclusive environment for all of our players, volunteers, officials and spectators. This is a goal shared by the Gloucester Rangers organization and we appreciate your cooperation as we move forward with the 2021/2022 hockey season.

As part of HEO’s effort to ensure the safety and continuing participation of everyone involved in HEO sanctioned hockey, and in alignment with the province of Ontario’s regulations, all those born in 2009 or earlier must be fully vaccinated to participate in HEO sanctioned programming, this includes:

  • Players born in 2009 or earlier;
  • Game Officials (referees, linespersons, timekeepers);
  • HEO Officials (Directors and employees of HEO);
  • Organization Officials (Association and League Executives, District Executives, and employees);
  • Team Officials (coaches, trainers, managers, and equipment personnel); and
  • Volunteers serving in any other capacity.

On Wednesday September 1, 2021, the Province of Ontario announced that starting September 22, 2021, Ontarians who qualify for a vaccine will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of vaccination to access certain public settings and facilities.

In keeping with the Province of Ontario timelines, HEO’s policy is effective September 27, 2021. All affected persons must present to their League or Association, as applicable, evidence demonstrating that they have received the completed series of an accepted COVID-19 Vaccine (including the 14-day post second shot period) by November 8, 2021.

HEO will comply with Province of Ontario Legislation and provide accommodation for those individuals who are unable to be vaccinated for substantiated medical reasons. However, any affected person who has not received an accommodation and who has not provided evidence of their vaccination status by November 8, 2021, will no longer be eligible to participate in any HEO sanctioned activity until such time as they present satisfactory evidence that they are fully vaccinated. The designated volunteer Safety Officer for each Ranger team will be requesting and logging proof of vaccination status.

If you have any questions with respect to this policy, please contact Chris McLeod at safety@gloucesterrangers.com. For more information on where to get vaccinated, please contact Ottawa Public Health, your local health authority or the Province of Ontario.

Yours in hockey,

Gloucester Rangers Board of Directors