Changes to Policies – COVID-19 - March 2022

As Club members are aware, the provincial government has recently relaxed some requirements relating to providing proof of vaccinations as well as to the wearing of masks in indoor settings. The RA Centre has informed us that it has relaxed its requirements for proof of vaccination and masking but has permitted clubs to determine their own requirements if they apply to all of the activities of that club.

A number of members of the Club have expressed concerns that there remains a significant risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, in its various forms. While vaccinations and the wearing of masks indoors (and while near others) do not provide complete protection, they do reduce that risk. As a result, the Executive (Club Council) has implemented the following policies applicable to Club activities for the 2022 season:

  • 1. Proof of Vaccination: Members joining the Club will not be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. However, in order to participate in Club activities, members and their guests will be required to show the activity leader proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (see note below). The proof must be a government issued paper or electronic document. Participants failing to provide such proof will be excluded from the activity. These requirements apply to all Club activities, including canoeing and kayaking trips and training programs.
  • 2. Exemptions: The requirement for proof of vaccination will not apply to Club members and guests providing proof of a medical reason for not being vaccinated (in a form that accords with guidelines issued by the Ontario Ministry of Health). In addition, children under 12 years of age will not require proof of vaccination.
  • 3. Mask Wearing: Anyone entering the Boathouse or another indoor setting as part of a Club activity is required to wear a mask that covers their nose, mouth and chin. In addition, a person providing training may require that participants wear a mask during all or any part of the activity.

The virus and the scientific knowledge relating to it are evolving. The Executive will be monitoring these changes and reviewing potential changes to the policies as the situation evolves.

Note: Provincial regulations establish what it is to be “fully vaccinated” based on vaccines approved by Health Canada. Currently, this includes two doses of the Pfizer-Biontech mRNA vaccine, the Moderna Spikevax mRNA vaccine or the AstraZeneca vaccine or a single dose of the Janssen vaccine.