To our RA Community;
On March 1, 2022, the Province of Ontario will take additional steps to ease public health measures. This includes lifting the remaining capacity limits and the proof of vaccination requirement for all indoor settings with businesses being allowed to implement them voluntarily. Masking requirements will remain in place, with a specific timeline to lift this measure communicated by the Province and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) at a later date.
So what does this mean?
As of start of business on Tuesday, March 1:
Please note: The Central and Arena doors remain emergency exits only at this time. Moving forward, some clubs or activities may require proof of vaccination at point of registration/participation (tbd).
Lifting the proof of vaccination requirement upon entry is a difficult decision. Throughout this pandemic we have met or exceeded all public health orders to help keep our RA community safe, healthy and strong. For our organization to not follow health and government recommendations, and begin making our own decisions without the support and knowledge of science, is not a direction we are prepared to take. Without a province-wide requirement to offer consistency in the community, continuing to enforce vaccine policies in isolation may have little effect and could put our staff in a difficult situation with some members and guests.
Although further lifting of restrictions is encouraging news and means that Ontario is moving to a different phase of the pandemic, we are by no means at its end. The current safety protocols we have in place will remain in effect. We are going to provide additional training to our staff and volunteers to maintain and improve the protocols to ensure people feel safe and have a positive experience. We encourage everyone to keep your vaccinations up to date and stay home when you are sick and remind you that you must continue to wear your mask in all indoor settings (unless you are actively engaged in an athletic or fitness activity) and maintain physical distancing whenever possible. We also ask that members continue to treat our staff with respect for as long as they need to continue enforcing masking requirements and other protocols.
The RA is a shared experience to be enjoyed by everyone and each of us can make it better for all by being considerate, patient and understanding.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.