Mississauga welcomes rule requiring proof of vaccination for indoor organized sports

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Published October 19, 2021 at 11:08 am

A new regulation requiring those aged 12 and older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before participating in indoor organized sports and recreation fitness activities in Mississauga is welcome news to residents and city officials. 

City of Mississauga councillors have been raising the issue in recent weeks, saying they’ve received numerous complaints from residents who are confused about who must show proof of vaccination at City facilities and who doesn’t have to do so. 

The new rule, introduced by Region of Peel Public Health, takes effect Nov. 1 and applies to youth and all coaches, instructors, caregivers, volunteers and game officials. It states those aged 12 and older entering a recreation or culture location must show proof of vaccination or a valid medical exemption, along with ID. 

“Our staff are working hard behind the scenes to make this a seamless transition and we are in the process of contacting sports teams, coaches or volunteers and participants that the new requirements impact,” said Jodi Robillos, Mississauga’s acting commissioner of community services. “Youth that remain unvaccinated and enrolled in a program at one of the City’s many facilities will be offered a prorated refund upon request.” 

Anyone over the age of 12 who is required to show proof of vaccination can show a printed or digital copy of their proof of vaccination certificate and a piece of government-issued ID, City officials say. 

According to Peel Public Health, indoor sports venues have been identified as “locations of concern,” which have been driving transmission of COVID-19 over the last few weeks.  

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