CMHA PRESIDENT MESSAGE - updated September 18th
Good evening membership,
I was hoping to have some concrete information for you tonight.
After meeting with your board of directors and receiving further updates from Spray Lakes today, the notification given to us yesterday that 12+ will need to provide proof of vaccination has had some changes, here is the update from Spray Lakes;
- Youth between the ages of 12 (vaccine eligible) to 18 years of age are exempt from the REP vaccination requirement to enter the facility for the purpose of participating in a youth organized sport organization. Examples include (but not limited to) Cochrane Minor Hockey, Ringette, Cochrane Minor Soccer, Lacrosse, Cochrane Figure Skating Club, Comets, Junior Lifeguard Club, etc.
- All spectators, or those that wish to visit SLSFSC’s public areas that are 12+ but are not participating in a youth program, must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test, or medical exemption to gain entry to SLSFSC premises. Please note this will mean a youth that is exempt as a participant of a sports team could be subject to proof of vaccination as a non-participant. Example: a youth leaving a Cochrane Minor Hockey program and then going to a public swim.
- All coaches, volunteers, and organizers of any youth activity that are over 18 years of age must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test, or medical exemption to gain entry to SLSFSC premises.
- Masks, and distancing are required in all public areas, and dressing rooms, until entering the activity.
This will come into effect Monday, September 20th, 2021
As previously mentioned this is NOT a CMHA or Hockey Alberta decision, youth sports are specifically excluded under this health order. Notification has started coming out from other large facilities that they're moving forward with the proof of vaccination option (Also known as REP) rather than the 1/3 capacity limit that would not require a passport system.
This all said, teams that are 12+ that will use other facilities will likely need to provide proof of vaccination status to gain entry, I am being told that you may need to show this at the front door to facility staff or security. CMHA will not at any level ask to see or store your personal medical information.
We are aware that Hockey Alberta is currently working with the Alberta Government on a Hockey path forward, hopefully we are provided with some clarity and a consistent approach for all communities. With that being said, we hope that all of our members continue their enrollment in our programs until these decisions have been made.
CMHA will move forward with our evaluation process, please plan accordingly to the announcement above, we hope to finish the evaluation process over the next couple weeks.
As we all have experienced over the last 20 months decisions can change in what feels like seconds, please bear with us as we continue to navigate these ever changing dynamics. Our goal at CMHA is to keep every Athlete on the ice playing the sport they love with their friends.
Lastly, please be mindful that board members and membership are all trying to figure this out, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Please be kind and aware that many families are under stress from everything going on.
Cory Oaten | President
Cochrane Minor Hockey Association