The GWSA looks forward to resuming in-person activities. This will be a gradual process, with some activities preparing plans for as early as September. Certain groups, such as Trips, Travel, and Tours, must make arrangements now in order for things to happen months down the road.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) continues to remind those 70 years of age and older that they are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19. As such, those over 70 should discuss their participation in recreational programs with their health care provider to understand their personal risk and act accordingly.
The Board has made two decisions for in-person play:
- to require that participants of in-person activities and events provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination; and
- to require that participants of in-person activities and events complete the GWSA COVID-19 Liability Waiver.
These decisions don’t affect virtual activities.
Activity Group Leaders are preparing Return-To-Play plans. They will contact you with details about plans approved for your group.
The Evergreen Centre is open to the public. The City will maintain the facility consistent with current public health requirements, which may include COVID-19 screening, contact tracing, monitoring capacity limits, etc. The City will not collect vaccination information or require a waiver.
Many GWSA members want a vaccine requirement where in-person activities happen, such as meeting rooms and in the auditorium. Regardless, members need to understand they may encounter unvaccinated individuals in the public space, including hallways and washrooms.
Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
The Board’s rationale for requiring those who participate in in-person activities and events to provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination rests on three important considerations:
- The GWSA serves a population that is inherently vulnerable to COVID-19.
- GWSA members have express strong support for a vaccination policy.
- Public Health advises individuals in our demographic to receive the vaccine.
The decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations is an individual one and we continue to offer virtual activities for those who cannot or choose not to be vaccinated.
We also acknowledge the privacy concerns some members have about health information. Members wishing to participate in in-person activities will be asked to show Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination but the GWSA will not retain a copy of the document.
How to Get your Official Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Receipt
If you have the older red and white card, you can call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.
Please do not submit Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination to the GWSA until your activity group leader contacts you with details.
Out-of- Province Vaccinations
This lets you send your out-of-province vaccination documents to WDG Public Health, so they can update your Ontario vaccination record. It may take a few days for it to be validated and included on your Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Receipt.
COVID-19 Liability Waiver
Vaccinated individuals can still become ill. The GWSA Board is requiring those participating in in-person activities and events to sign a COVID-19 Liability Waiver. The decision relied on three considerations:
- The Board’s due diligence regarding the known or unknown outcomes to members and the organization from possible exposure to COVID-19.
- The limitations in coverage of the GWSA’s liability insurance.
- The GWSA population’s inherent vulnerability to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Liability Waiver includes:
- Guidelines for participating
- Accepting the risks of participation
- A promise to refrain from in-person activities if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
Please do not submit a signed COVID-19 Liability Waiver until your activity group leader contacts you with details. We hope to do that electronically.
These requirements are necessary to protect those wanting to resume in-person activities soon.
The COVID-19 Liability Waiver provides important legal protection to each member, including participants and volunteers, from unknown outcomes that may occur through exposure to COVID-19. This is a path that allows us to return to in-person activities sooner, for those who understand and accept the unknown outcomes.
The GWSA’s General Commercial Liability Insurance policy remains in effect to cover situations that are not associated with COVID-19.