Return to Play - Vaccine Announcement

Return to Play: Vaccination announcement regarding 2021-22 basketball season – Ontario Basketball Association

Update – September 17th – Provincial Exemption for Youth Sport

On September 14, the Government of Ontario released detailed information regarding the upcoming Proof of Vaccination requirements. These come into effect on September 22nd.

Please see the following links for the information:


Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act (

While you should review the information at the links above for details regarding Proof of Vaccination requirements, please note that there is a limited youth sport exemption.

The rules of the limited youth sport exemption include but are not limited to the following (please see the links above for more detail):

  • Patrons under 18 years of age who are entering the indoor premises of a facility used for sports and recreational fitness activities solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport, in accordance with the Guidance (please see the 2nd link above).
  • The exemption relating to youth under 18 years of age actively participating in indoor organized sport applies to training, practices, games and competitions.
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and proof of identification (or proof of being entitled to another exemption) is required for patrons 18 years and older, including parents or guardians of youth actively participating in an organized sport.
  • Proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated is not required for workers or volunteers, including coaches and officials.

The preceding is not legal advice.

Ontario Basketball is working closely with facility owners and local public health units to allow those under 18 to participate under this provincial exemption.

Ontario Basketball reminds its members that quickest route to full resumption of basketball activities is through further increase in vaccination rates, as part of the province’s Last Mile Strategy.

The above page is from ‘Guidance for Businesses & Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act’ – page 13, Appendix A


Vaccine Resources:

Ontario Government: Rules for Areas in Step 3

Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

Vaccine Facts – Government of Ontario

How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

How to download your vaccination receipt

COVID-19 test and testing location information