Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
Owners/Operators of Facilities located in Porcupine Health Unit Where Organized Sports are Played and/or Practiced Indoors
Public Health Instructions for Owners/Operators
I am writing to notify owners and operators for the above Facilities of your responsibilities.
I also wish to thank you for your ongoing support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help protect the health of area residents. It is through our collective efforts that we will keep our communities safe. The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is upon us, with the highly transmissible Delta variant being the dominant variant in COVID-19 cases. The Ontario’s Science Advisory and Modelling Consensus Tables advise that the Delta Variant is twice as transmissible than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus. Daily COVID-19 case counts in Ontario are substantial, with provincial data showing over 4,357 new cases reported to public health during the period of September 19 to September 25, 2021, with a rate of 29.6 per 100,000 population. In the Porcupine Health Unit region, there were 34 new cases reported during the period of September 1 to September 28, 2021, with a rate of 40.7 cases per 100 000 population. Seventeen (17) of the new cases (50.0%) were among those under the age of 19.
Activities related to organized sports have the potential to enhance COVID-19 transmission. Specifically, close contact, forceful exhalation, prolonged exposure, crowded indoor spaces and masks and face coverings removed during physical activity contribute to enhanced likelihood of COVID-19 transmission. These risks for enhanced transmission are combined with the risk of increased spread within and between communities given the composition of organized sports teams and their associated travel. Verifying proof of vaccination for persons 12 years and older in the Facilities noted above, in accordance with this Letter of Instruction, will strengthen protections for communities with the Porcupine Health Unit region by helping curb the spread of COVID-19.
These instructions are being provided pursuant to Section 2(2.1) of Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 And At The Roadmap Exit made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 (the “Reopening Ontario Act), formerly a regulation made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and now a continued section 7.0.2 order under the Reopening Ontario Act. As required by regulation, these instructions are issued following consultation with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Where this Letter of Instruction imposes an additional requirement not set out in the Reopening Ontario Act, the requirement under this Letter of Instruction must be followed.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on October 14, 2021, and until further notice unless otherwise specified, I am instructing all persons responsible for Facilities where organized sports are played and/or practiced to:
For the purpose of these instructions:
You are required to comply with the additional measures above, pursuant to regulations under the Reopening Ontario Act including any successor legislation or regulations. As per the Reopening Ontario Act, individuals who do not comply with the above noted requirements may be liable for a fine up to a maximum of $100,000 or in the case of a corporation, not more than $10,000,000 for each day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues.
These Instructions, including any revisions to these instructions, are available on Porcupine Health Unit website at https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/your-health/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/covid-orders/ .
Inquiries about these instructions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lianne Catton, MD, CCFP-EM, MPH
Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer