Return to Play Protocols Lifted
April 1st, 2022
(WHITBY, ON) - As of March 21st, 2022, the Ontario Government announced the lifting of the majority of substantial public health measures. When Rugby Ontario announced the lifting of the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy on March 1st, we committed to assessing the ongoing situation and reviewing the remaining measures ahead of April.
Rugby Ontario recognizes that a new variant of concern is causing an increase in cases and hospitalizations across Ontario; however, there is approval in place to proceed with the following action:
Effective April 1st, 2022, Rugby Ontario will lift all remaining Return to Play protocols and support the directives of government at this time.
o Of note, this includes removing the requirement of the Daily Attestation (via SportLomo) for active participant screening.
o All participants are strongly encouraged to continue to conduct a daily self-assessment prior to attending all sanctioned rugby activities and continue abiding by public health recommendations. Participants should be conscientious with personal screening and symptoms to protect the health of others.
o Clubs may continue to uphold more stringent protocols at their discretion.
o Clubs will be required to defer to any specific facility, permit office and/or local PHU requirements as guidance for their own programming.
o Rugby Ontario will maintain its process for suspected / confirmed COVID case management (attached), where clubs will continue to provide notice, so as to be on alert and to actively monitor for any escalations (intervene as required). Therefore, we will require clubs to continue with the appointment of a Club COVID Safety Coordinator for communication purposes.
Rugby Ontario will maintain the Return to Play Plan as a document to provide “guidelines and best practices” for clubs. Please note, our staff will work towards updating this document in due course, reflecting this shift from mandate to recommendation.
As the situation evolves and any new government and public health measures come into effect, Rugby Ontario will pivot and implement protocols as required. We wish to emphasize that all of this is subject to change. For more information, please contact email@example.com
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