COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT UPDATE
August 24th, 2021
As you are undoubtably aware, the Chief Medical Officer of British Columbia has issued a new public health order that takes effect September 13th, 2021 and runs until at least January, 2022 requiring proof of vaccination for anyone who wants to access certain indoor events, services and businesses. Included in this list are gyms and sporting events, which we have confirmed includes adult recreational sports leagues.
In accordance with the public health order, all participants playing in or watching an Urban Rec indoor league, tournament or event, will now be required to have a valid proof of vaccination.
- Starting September 13th, all participants will be required to show proof of at least 1 dose of a Health Canada approved vaccine.
- Starting October 24th, all participants will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated (you will be considered fully vaccinated seven days after your second dose).
What does this mean for my team?
If you or anyone on your team are unable to provide this proof of vaccination as outlined in the public health order, you will not be allowed to participate until such time as you are vaccinated to the appropriate levels. The government is currently working on a ‘vaccination passport’, and once the details are announced of what will be required, Urban Rec will inform all of our members on what they will need to present in order to participate in our leagues.
We realize that some of our members may have chosen to not, as of yet, get vaccinated, and some of our members who may have chosen to not get vaccinated at all, which is entirely within their rights. However, in lines with this new public health order, these members will not be able to participate in the Urban Rec fall 2021 season. It has been made very clear by the relevant authorities and our venue partners that there will be ZERO exceptions to this requirement.
We understand that this may affect your teams’ participation in our upcoming indoor fall leagues. If you know your team will not be able to meet the vaccination requirements, we want to offer your team the opportunity to withdraw from your league with a full refund outside of our normal Urban Rec Withdrawal Policy.
We will extend this option to your teams until TUESDAY AUGUST 31ST AT 12PM (NOON). After this deadline, if your team is unable to play, you will be subject to the normal Urban Rec Withdrawal Policy.
Should any team be found participating with any members who cannot show a government approved ‘vaccination passport’ in lines with the new Provincial Health Order will face severe Supplemental Discipline including immediate removal from the our league (without refund) and possible year-long expulsion.
Urban Rec is committed to providing a safe, fun, and inclusive environment in which to play coed adult recreational sports. We fully encourage all of our members to get vaccinated so that you can play the sports that we all love.
Yours in Sport,