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Effective October 1st 2021, Kelowna Minor Hockey Association will be requiring all spectators in Kelowna arenas be vaccinated in accordance with the BC PHO and local requirements. Kelowna will be moving to half capacity rules in our facilities as we expect that we can and will be at over 50 spectators to our events. As per the most current order from Interior Health all spectators at indoor sports events (youth and adult) with greater than 50 spectators, require proof of full vaccination (2 doses). This applies to everyone 12 years and older who are spectators. Under this plan we will no longer be restricting limits to 1 parent per player.
This requirement will be in effect for all KMHA practices, games and tournaments at Rutland, Capital News Center, Prospera and Memorial arenas.
2 covid ambassadors will be required to check vaccine passports at the door for both practices and games. For games involving Kelowna and another association the Kelowna team will supply both ambassadors. Where both teams are from Kelowna each team will supply one ambassador each who will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the start of the ice time. Those without a valid passport will not be permitted entry to the event.
If any person does not show proof of vaccine passports and enters the event the covid ambassadors will make a note and call bylaw or the RCMP. In addition to any penalties enforced by bylaw, any person entering without proof of vaccine will face an automatic suspension of 30 days from any KMHA sanctioned event. A second infraction at any point of the season will result in a suspension for the remainder of the season. Any person who opens side doors to help anyone bypass the vaccine passport will be subject to the same suspensions.
All KMHA team officials including coaches, managers, safety people and covid ambassadors must be fully vaccinated. Players and on-ice officials are currently exempt from vaccinations. Coaching staff of out of town teams are also exempt unless facility rules dictate otherwise.
Masks are mandatory at all times inside the arena with the exception of players going from the dressing room to the playing surface and back to the dressing room. Coaches must wear masks while on the bench but may take them off when on the ice at practices. Masks need to be worn correctly or spectators will be asked to leave the building. There are no exceptions or exemptions to this rule.
Teams may enter the arena 30 minutes prior to their scheduled ice time. Spectators are permitted 5 minutes prior to the scheduled ice time and you must exit the arena immediately after the ice time is completed. In arenas where there are marked pathways spectators must follow the designated route to leave the arena.
Anyone experiencing any covid symptoms should not attend the arena.
Kelowna’s current covid plan is subject to change based any order changes from the Province or Interior Health. The plan will be posted here: https://www.kelownaminorhockey.com/covid-info/ Arena protocols are also located on that webpage.
- Cough or worsening chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Nausea and vomiting
KMHA will be using the same protocols at the school system. If a child has any of these symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing condition, such as allergies, then the child should stay home from school and monitor the symptom for 24 hours. If it gets worse, or other symptoms develop, then they should get a health assessment.
Any player who has been ordered to self isolate for 14 days due to possible exposure to COVID-19 will not be allowed to participate in any KMHA sanctioned event until the 14 day isolation period has expired