Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, the Lou Jeffries Arena in Gananoque will require all patrons to provide proof of full vaccination, along with a piece of identification in order to access the arena.
“The Community Services Department extends our sincere gratitude for your ongoing patience as we implement this new provincial policy at the arena,” the Town of Gananoque said in a media release, dated Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. “The line-ups to enter our facilities are expected to be a bit longer as we confirm proof of vaccination, in addition to screening and contact tracing. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority. To ensure a safe and positive experience, please treat everyone with respect. People not following the rules will be asked to leave the facility.”
The Town provided this table to illustrate the requirements:
|Vaccination Proof Required||Vaccination Proof Not Required|
|18+ unless exempted.||Medical exemption (with documented proof from physician or by a registered nurse).|
|18+ participating in Town programs.||Children under the age of 12.|
|Parents or guardians of youth participating in organized sports.||Making payments or registering/booking for a Town service/program.|
|Youth (12-17) not actively engaged in an organized sport (non-organized sport programs such as recreational skating, fitness classes and special interest courses).||Youth under 18 who are actively participating in an organized sport (sports leagues, organized pick-up sports, dance classes), and coaches and officials.|
|Youth spectators (12-17), including at sporting events.|
|Youth (12-17) using the Arena Facilities and/or equipment.|
Anyone with questions about how to obtain a copy of your vaccination receipt can visit the COVID-19 vaccination provincial portal or call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.
For specific questions about access to the Town Facilities, the Town asks individuals to contact them at 613-382-2149 extension 1127 or email at [email protected]. Stay up to date by visiting www.gananoque.ca. Please check with governing bodies for specific vaccination policies for each group or league.
Proof of Identification and Full Vaccination Definition, as provided by the Town.
Full Vaccination (source: Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations Under the Reopening Ontario Act)
An individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:
- the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines,
- one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
- three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
- they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.
Health Canada approved vaccines:
- 2 doses: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
- 1 dose: Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
- mRNA vaccine: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna
Identification Proof (source: Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations Under the Reopening Ontario Act)
Validation of vaccination will be based on two key identifiers:
- Name of the identification holder; and
- Date of birth
Photo identification is not required. Proof of identity can be established using documentation issued by an institution or public body, provided it includes the name of the holder and date of birth.
Examples of identification documents that may be used to confirm the identity of the holder of the vaccine receipt include:
- Birth certificate
- Citizenship card
- Driver’s license
- Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, including health card
- Indian Status Card /Indigenous Membership Card
- Permanent Resident card
Validation of identification is considered to have been completed/successful when the name and date of birth of the presenter of the vaccination receipt and the name and date of birth on the identification document match. If the name and date of birth on both documents do not match, the individual will not be allowed to enter the business or organization, according to the release.