The OFA thanks all clubs and members for their patience and cooperation as we navigate the changing climate of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the Stage 1 Reopening announcement made by the Province of Ontario on May 14th, the OFA Medical and Health Committee has expedited drafting a Return To Play Protocol that allows for a slow return to club activity while following guidelines provided by the Provincial and National Health and Sport organizations to prevent community spread of COVID-19. The OFA reserves the right to amend the document to reflect current advice from Health Canada, the Provincial Health Organization, Sports Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, and the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sports, Tourism and Culture Industries. Any amendments to this document will be communicated to clubs and members in a timely manner.
The OFA strongly recommends clubs and members to read and implement the measures outlined in the Protocol, alongside the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tools for Sport (Appendix A) as well as the Risk Assessment and Mitigating Checklist Tool from Own The Podium (Appendix B). All documents are also available on the OFA Medical and Health Committee Page.
Failure to do so may result in the club losing OFA sanction and access to the OFA insurance policy, as well as their status as a club in good standing.
The OFA reminds all clubs and members that they must, at all times, adhere to the Quarantine Act (Canada), the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (Ontario), as well as municipal bylaws and facility rules in place to COVID-19 physical distancing and public or private gatherings. Failure to abide by these federal, provincial, or municipal requirements may result in legal prosecution by the government.
Stay safe and healthy!