St Catharines hockey fans hoping to be in the stands for IceDog games have to be fully-vaxxed

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Published August 23, 2021 at 4:18 pm

Spectators who want to get into the stands at St Catharines’ Meridian Centre to see the Niagara IceDogs this season have to be double-vaxxed.

And they better be able to show proof of it, too.

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) recently released their new policy expanding upon their previous vaccination stand.

At first, the OHL said all team officials and players had to be fully vaccinated. Last Friday (August 20), they extended that to anyone in the arena period.

“Those wishing to gain access to OHL facilities of the 17 Ontario based teams will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and follow any other safety protocols while in the facility,” the league statement said.

“Children under the age of 12 will be required to be accompanied and supervised by a fully vaccinated adult and will be required to follow all safety protocols.”

The OHL also said that policy extended to billet homes with the exception of household members under 12 who do not qualify for the vaccines.

The initial policy also stated that anyone found in violation of the policy could result in OHL staff being placed on unpaid leave “for the duration of the pandemic or until such time that COVID-19 no longer poses a significant public health risk.”

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