The Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL), the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), have announced their policy when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations for members of hockey clubs around the province.
The leagues will require all its members to be double-vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the commencement of the team activities associated with the beginning of the 2021 – 2022 season.
The policy applies to all players, coaches, trainers, team and league staff, offi cials, volunteers and billet families. All three leagues will comply with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and offer support to any league member who is unable to be vaccinated for substantiated medical reasons and/or on grounds protected under the OHRC.
The leagues will collectively work together with independent medical and legal advisors appointed by the league Commissioners to assist with all issues.
As for fans coming to the arena, there is not yet a clear picture of what is going to happen.
Some arenas have already announced limits on the number of people allowed in the stands, however there has been no ruling on whether fans must be vaccinated.
Locally, the Alliston Junior C Hornets are ready to hit the ice when the PJHL season gets underway on October 1.
The New Tecumseth Recreation Centre has a seating capacity of 750 plus standing room and the Hornets games get a crowd of anywhere between 250 to 400 fans per home game, and a lot more during playoffs.
It is not yet known if there will be limits placed on the number of people allowed at home games this season.