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Letter of Instruction - Sports and Recreational Facilities FAQs

Yes. Organized warm-ups that are overseen by a team coach or coordinator are allowed, following public health guidelines (e.g., wearing masks during lower intensity warm-ups, maintaining physical distance). Participants and other individuals are encouraged to minimize time spent in the facility outside of activities directly related to the event. As such, activities such as team warm-ups are advised to be held outdoors as much as possible, and should be timed closely to the indoor event itself.

A valid medical exemption, as outlined by the province of Ontario in the Reopening Ontario Act, will be the only exemption allowed at recreational facilities. For further information about medical exemptions, please contact your primary healthcare provider.

No. Individuals must provide proof of full vaccination status, or a valid medical exemption as outlined by the province, to gain entry to a recreation facility.

Any individual aged 12 or older must show proof of vaccination to gain entry to indoor spaces for the purpose of (a) actively participating in organized sports, (b) coaching, officiating at organized sports or volunteering, or (c) spectating at organized sports, including change rooms.

Yes. The guidance applies to all facilities offering sport, recreation, and fitness-related activities in Windsor-Essex County.

No. The Letter of Instruction does not apply to school sports however specialized sport programs which are run through schools and utilize recreational facilities are exempt from the Letter of Instruction (e.g., school-based hockey programs that take place at a recreation facility). If schools have questions about whether or not a specific program would qualify, contact the health unit.

The requirement to show proof of vaccination status is only for those who are 12 years of age and older on the date of entry.

Individuals are required to show proof of full vaccination status upon entry to the facility. A paper or electronic copy of their vaccine receipt, along with matching identification, is required.

The definition of what constitutes “fully vaccinated” can be found online here.

The additional guidance for recreational facilities are effective on October 1, 2021.

The Letter of Instruction for recreational facilities in Windsor-Essex applies to any individual who is 12 years of age and older who is attending the indoor area of a facility for the purpose of (a) actively participating in organized sports, (b) coaching, officiating at organized sports or volunteering, or (c) spectating at organized sports.