On Sept. 1, the Government of Ontario announced the ‘Vaccine Certificate’ program. Beginning on Sept. 22, this program comes into effect. Anybody aged 12 and older entering the Welland Main Arena – including all participants – will be required to provide proof of full vaccination (two doses and 14 days), along with a photo ID (Driver’s license, health card). Children under 12 may be asked to show proof of age. Based on provincial directives, a negative COVID-19 test will not entitle a person to enter the Welland Main Arena. Providing fraudulent information may result in facility privileges being revoked. Beginning October 22, an enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app that allows a QR code to be read, will be available.
It is the discretion of the individual to determine whether they would like to disclose their vaccination status. Should they make the decision to not divulge this information, they will not be permitted to access settings that require proof of vaccination. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted with a doctor’s note until the medical exemption can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate.
Additionally, a City of Welland ambassador will require the name and contact information of all attendees to support COVID-19 contact tracing. All spectators must comply with these processes, along with the other COVID-19 guidelines, regulations and recommendations. This includes physical distancing of at least two meters maintained between every person, except those from the same household and a mask must be worn at all times in a manner that covers the mouth, nose and chin. Spectators are permitted to temporarily remove their masks to consume food and beverages.
As an organization, we ask that everyone be responsible, and please, stay home if you are feeling ill and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.