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Toronto Public Health says it has issued an “instruction letter” requiring anyone 12 years of age or older who wishes to participate in indoor organized sports to provide proof of being fully immunized against COVID-19.

This includes players, coaches, caregivers, volunteers and officials, all of whom must show proof of vaccination (or a valid medical exception) along with identification, the local public health unit said.

The mandate enters into force on 1 November.

Previously, the provincial government had excluded youth recreational sports (those under 18) when it published its guidelines for vaccine policy.

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But over the past week, many local public health units, including the York Region, Windsor-Essex, Huron Perth Public Health, Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health, took a tougher line to include all those eligible to be vaccinated. proof of indoor sports.

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Toronto is now one of the latest local public health units to have implemented a similar policy. It states that the additional measure to prove vaccination is “necessary to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 to anyone who practices or participates in organized sports indoors.”

The local public health unit said that although some indoor sports organizations have already implemented a vaccination policy, this instruction letter will create consistency across all organizations and facilities to ensure “the greatest possible protection in these environments.”

COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported and linked back to youth sports, including some youth basketball tournaments in Oshawa.

“We have seen cases of COVID-19 and outbreaks associated with indoor sporting and recreational events,” said Toronto health doctor Dr. Eileen de Villa. “With a consistent vaccination policy – in addition to self-protection measures – we reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in these settings and ensure that these activities continue in the safest way.”

– with files from The Canadian Press

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