Dear Leaside Families
As some of you may already know, as a condition of participating in any sanctioned hockey activities (on or off ice), including house league, hockey school, Select/GTHL practices, games, etc. the GTHL has established a policy requiring the following persons (“Affected Persons”) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e.: including the 14-day period after receiving their completed dose) by November 1st, proof of which must be submitted by October 17, or earlier:
- Players born in 2009 or earlier;
- Game Officials (referees, linespersons, timekeepers);
- GTHL Arena Personnel (incl. rink attendants, officiating supervisors, Series Chairs);
- GTHL Officials (Directors and staff of the GTHL);
- Organization Officials (Directors and staff of Clubs, Divisions and their members, and House Leagues);
- Team Officials (coaches, trainers and managers) ; and
- Volunteers serving in any other capacity.
The policy does NOT apply to players born in 2010 or later.
The GTHL will comply with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and provide accommodation up to the point of undue hardship to any Affected Person who is unable to be vaccinated for substantiated medical reasons and/or on grounds protected under the OHRC. Any Affected Person who has not been granted an accommodation and who has not received their completed series of an Accepted COVID-19 Vaccine by October 17, or who has not disclosed their vaccination status by that date, will no longer be eligible to participate in any Sanctioned Activity until such time as they present satisfactory evidence that they are fully vaccinated. For the complete policy, please click https://d2pr6pnwfmh0za.cloudfront.net/app/uploads/gthl/2020/07/10142016/Game-Plan-2.0-Version-1-vf-1.pdf.
The LHA Board is strongly encouraging all parents, siblings, grandparents and guardians of Players to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1st, as this will provide further protection to our most vulnerable members, under 12. In addition, many arenas are rolling out their vaccination policies and requiring all persons entering the facilities provide proof of vaccination. Our LHA Safety Representative for the 2021/2022 season will be Anthony Hammill, who can be reached at email@example.com. As the pre-season approaches, Anthony will continue to provide updates on the LHA’s Guidance for a Safe Return to Hockey.
Posted on behalf of the LHA Board