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Guidelines for parents and players going forward into 2022
Submitted By Dean Michel on Sun 01 02, 22
With hockey commencing January 2nd some of you may have positive and negative feelings about a return to hockey.  Information is changing daily and we as a association are trying to keep our members informed.

To quote information provided today by another dedicated volunteer:

The Children’s Health Coalition – representing Ontario’s children’s hospitals, mental health agencies and rehabilitation centres – has emphasized that in-person education is critical to the mental health, development and well-being of children and youth. OMHA believes that these benefits are echoed in sport and recreation.  
With this most recent announcement, there are no restrictions limiting programming that are coming from the Government.
As mentioned in our previous correspondence, the limits on spectator capacity have been updated, restricting arenas in the City of Kawartha Lakes arena to 40 Spectators total (exception being Lindsay Pad 1) and this is why only 1 fully vaccinated parent/ guardian with an enhanced Vaccine Certificate is allowed in the City of Kawartha Lakes arena during games and or practices  
The following link directs you the Ontario government website that we strongly recommend you review as it provides detailed information that can answer many questions you may have.
Here is a sample of important information you can review in the link above.

There has been one large change regarding isolation from in the past.

- if a child on the team or opposing team tests positive for covid all the players/family members must self monitor for 10 days. At any point the child or family member becomes symptomatic they then must isolate for 5 days with their family (assuming the adults are vaccinated). This is different from before where all teams and families were being placed in isolation if a positive case was on the hockey team. 
In order to follow the guidelines and keep hockey going as long as possible please:
  • Continue to do your covid screen prior to practices or games
  • Masks must be worn in the change room until the helmet is placed on 
  • Players are to stay sitting/ standing in their designated change area
  • Bring a well marked water bottle 
  • Only 1 parent can come into the arena with their enhanced vaccine certificate (QR Code)
  • If a player is sick please stay at home and notify the coaching staff they will be absent 
  • If you believe the player or family member has covid (symptomatic) and was present during the contagious period (2 days prior to symptoms) please notify your covid rep, coach, or executive member as we are all here to help. This is not meant for any public shaming but as a means for families to self monitor. 
The below information is from the HKPR website ( please consult the website regularly as information is always changing )

If you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19:

1.If you are fully vaccinated or 12 and under and you have NO symptoms, and do not live with the positive case, you should:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days since you last interacted with the positive case
  • Maintain masking, physical distancing and follow all other public health measures if leaving home
  • Do not visit any high-risk settings or individuals who may be at higher risk of illness (e.g., seniors) for 10 days from your last exposure.

2. If you are not fully vaccinated, or are immunocompromised, you must isolate immediately for 10 days following your last contact.

3. If you live with the positive case, you must isolate for the length of their isolation period.

The Health Unit will only be connecting with those high-risk contacts associated with an outbreak at a high-risk congregate setting (like a long-term care home, retirement home, group home, hospital, health care setting, school, university dorms, shelters, child care centres/camps, correctional institutions, and similar settings).

For all other COVID-19 cases (presumed or confirmed), the Health Unit asks ill individuals to share with their contacts.

We all need to work together as the goal is to provide as much normalcy for the kids but not in exchange for their safety. 

See you at the rink!

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