Health Unit Issues Additional Instructions For Organized Sport And Recreation Facilities

Monday September 27th, 2021

Posted at 5:43pm

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is issuing additional measures for all indoor recreational and fitness facilities to include those 12 to 17 years old.

The Health Unit says that given the lack of distancing, prolonged contact, and heavy breathing associated with organized sports and high intensity fitness and recreation, participants are at greater risk for COVID-19 transmission, particularly when these activities take place indoors.

Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Shanker Nesathurai has put in place a Letter of Instruction that removes the exemption offered under the provincial Reopening Ontario Act that allows those 12 to 17 years old to participate in organized sport or recreation without the need to present proof of vaccination.

“By requiring and verifying proof of vaccination for all people 12 years of age and older accessing these types of indoor facilities, we will greatly reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and improve protection from COVID-19, limiting its spread amongst young people and their families in Windsor-Essex,” said Dr. Nesathurai.

The full letter can be found here.

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