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Submitted By Rob Symons on Thursday, September 16, 2021
Today (September 22) marked the first day of the vaccine passport rollout in the province and brought with it some confusion. BMHA would like to clarify the policies and government regulations. 

Effective immediately, all spectators aged 12 and up are required to present proof of full vaccination to City of Brantford staff to gain entry to the facility. This is part of the government vaccine passport rollout. 

The mandatory vaccination policy recently introduced by ALLIANCE deals strictly with participants. That policy is for players, volunteers, bench staff, and officials aged 12 and up without an ALLIANCE approved exemption. Participants without an exemption must be fully vaccinated by Oct 31, including the 14 days after your second dose.

On September 14, the Province of Ontario announced amendments to the Reopening Ontario Act that directly impacts all members of BMHA. Effective September 22, all spectators of any ALLIANCE Hockey sanctioned activity - aged 12 years and over including the parents, guardians, and siblings of players - should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination to arena staff to obtain entry to the facility. To be clear, the September 22 rollout of the Vaccine Passport has been updated to include the areas of an indoor facility where spectators watch sports. This includes all hockey arenas in Ontario.

Along with this announcement, ALLIANCE Hockey has confirmed that there will be no changes to its mandatory vaccination policy for participants born in 2009 or earlier. The ALLIANCE policy can be found here along with the exemption request forms. 

This is also a reminder that participants must receive their first vaccine dose by September 17 in order to achieve full vaccination by the October 31 deadline. Participants must upload their vaccine certificates to the BMHA website by October 17. Those that fail to do so without a valid exemption will not be permitted to participate in ALLIANCE Hockey sanctioned activities until they can provide proof of full vaccination. 

Proof of vaccination receipts can be uploaded to the BMHA website where it will be stored securely. To upload your vaccination receipts, visit https://secure.brantfordminorhockey.com/Forms/5450/

Frequently Asked Questions

Q – Do the Government of Ontario’s Vaccine Passport regulations apply to Spectators?
A – YES - 
All spectators of any ALLIANCE Hockey sanctioned activity aged 12 and over, including the parents or guardians of players, should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination to facility staff to obtain entry to the facility.

Q – Does the ALLIANCE Hockey Vaccination Policy apply to children 12 to 18?
A –
Yes.  The ALLIANCE Hockey Vaccination Policy will continue to apply for all Affected Persons, including those aged 12 to 18.

Q - How do I apply for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption?
A – 
ALLIANCE Hockey’s Accommodation Request forms (Medical Accommodation form and Creed/Religion Accommodation form) can be found here.

Please direct any questions to the Director of Risk Management at [email protected].

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