Proof of vaccination now required to enter recreational facilities in Brampton


Published November 1, 2021 at 9:31 am

Proof of vaccination is now required in order to enter all City-run recreational facilities in Brampton.

As of Monday, all youth sports participants, organizers, coaches, officials, parents, and facility staff are required to provide proof of vaccination before they will be admitted into City facilities.

Those who have not been vaccinated for medical reasons will still be permitted to enter the facility by providing a doctor’s note clearly indicating a COVID-19 vaccination exemption.

Last week, concerns regarding a potential disruption to youth sports were raised during a Peel Regional Council meeting as Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson requested an extension to the November 1 deadline.

However, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, Dr. Lawrence Loh, stood firm on the deadline, citing similar deadlines with other regions, as well as the fact residents have had since May to get vaccinated as reasons why it could not be extended.

Additionally, during an interview with Publisher Khaled Iwamura, Mayor Patrick Brown said he didn’t expect the requirement would impact youth sports in Brampton.

“I don’t think there’s a legitimate risk of sports being postponed due to a lack of vaccination. From what I’m hearing from sports organizations, the vast majority of participants are vaccinated,” he said. “There may be some families who choose not to get vaccinated, but that would be a small minority when it comes to participants.”

According to the latest data from Peel Public Health, 88 per cent of residents over the age of 11 have received one dose of a vaccine, and 84 per cent have been fully immunized.

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