Rugby Ontario has introduced a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, in conjunction with Rugby Canada and other provincial unions. The Rugby Ontario COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, came into effect on November 15th, 2021.
Approved by the Rugby Ontario Board of Directors, this Policy is mandatory for all participants, which includes players, coaches, officials, team staff, and volunteers who are involved in Rugby Ontario Sanctioned Activities. The Policy requires that all participants, subject to this policy, be fully vaccinated with the required doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine or obtain an approved exemption. It complies with the general measures and recommendations to help combat the spread of COVID-19 as established by Public Health Canada and by provincial health authorities.
As of right now, Provincial Regulations still state that we must actively screen individuals (conducted through our attestations survey) who enter a facility (indoor or outdoor) to participate in programming. As we move closer to 2022, Rugby Ontario in conjunction with Rugby Canada and other Provincial Unions, are currently reviewing our Return To Play Framework as well as our overall sanctioning process. As we had previously done at the end of 2020, we will be working towards simplifying the process where possible to eliminate any extra administrative work for clubs.