Section 22 Orders and Instructions

Current orders and instructions in effect:

Instruction to Places of Worship

This instruction is to owners/operators of organizations that provide religious services, rites or ceremonies and/or operate places of worship in Huron and Perth Counties. Effective immediately and until further notice, all Owners, Operators and Persons Responsible for places of worship and religious and faith-based activities within Huron and Perth Counties are instructed to:

  1. Follow any and all applicable regulatory requirements pertaining to your place of worship and your religious and faith-based activities under the Reopening Ontario Act. 
  2. Follow public health guidance, including but not limited to gathering and capacity limits, physical distancing, screening, enhanced cleaning, masks and face coverings.
  3. Comply and cooperate with agents of Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) to complete investigations and/or complaint investigations and/or case and/or outbreak investigations. 

HPPH has a checklist to assist places of worship to comply with these requirements. Visit our COVID-19 Information: Places of Worship page to access the checklist and for more information. 

Instruction to Sports and Recreation Facilities

This instruction is to owners/operators of facilities located in Huron and Perth Counties where organized sports are played and/or practised. Effective 12:01 a.m. on October 31, 2021, and until further notice, all Owners, Operators, and Persons Responsible for Facilities used for sport and recreational fitness activities within Huron County and Perth County are instructed to:

  1. Require each person, age 12 years and older, who attends the indoor area of the Facility for the purpose of (a) actively participating in organized sports, (b) coaching, officiating organized sports, or volunteering, or (c) spectating at organized sports, to provide identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or a valid medical exemption at point of entry.
    These instructions do not apply to a person who is entering an indoor area solely for the following purposes:
    1. to use a washroom;
    2. to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route;
    3. while paying for an order;
    4. to purchase admission; or
    5. as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety including an emergency.
  2. Effective January 1, 2022, all children shall be afforded a “grace period” of 12 weeks from their 12th birthday during which they must provide identification in accordance with these Instructions but are relieved of the requirement to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, to allow a reasonable opportunity for this to be completed.
  3. You are required to develop and implement a vaccination policy for your facility staff, contractors and/or subcontractors and volunteers as further outlined in the Letter of Recommendation issued by  Huron Perth Public Health for workplaces and employers.
  4. Comply with all other requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act and its regulations that apply to the Facility. This includes, but is not limited to, observing reduced capacity limits, screening upon entry, maintenance of physical distancing within the Facility, and ensuring that masks or face coverings are worn when required.

Note: Facilities used for Organized Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities (including facility operators and permit holders) are also strongly encouraged to continue to implement physical distancing – a highly effective public health measure – to the fullest extent possible for all children 11 years and younger participating in Organized Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities or activities of any kind in which masking may be inconsistent.

For clarity, this requirement does not apply to emergency responders such as police, firefighters, or paramedics at the time that they are responding to an emergency.

Frequently asked questions: Instructions to Sports and Recreation Facilities

What counts as an organized sport? 

"Organized Sport(s)" means sport and recreational fitness activities including, but not limited to sports leagues, organized pick-up sports, fitness classes, soccer, hockey, basketball, volleyball, dance classes, gymnastics, martial arts and swimming classes, or as otherwise described in the Ministry of Health's Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act.

What about youth turning 12 in 2021? 
11 year olds who will be turning 12 before the end of 2021 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario now. They must show proof of full vaccination by their 12th birthday. 
What about youth turning 12 in 2022? 

Effective January 1, 2022, all children shall be afforded a “grace period” of 12 weeks from their 12th birthday during which they must provide identification in accordance with these Instructions but are relieved of the requirement to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, to allow a reasonable opportunity for this to be completed.

Will children ages 5-11 be included in this letter of instruction?

At this time there are no requirements for children aged 5 to 11 to show proof of vaccination in Ontario. There may be different requirements in other jurisdictions. The HPPH Letter of Instruction (LOI) only applies to youth aged 12 and older. The LOI states:

  • ages 12 and older are required to provide proof of vaccination and identification or a valid medical exemption to enter an indoor facility for the purpose of activity participating in organized sports, coaching, officiating organized sports, or spectating at organized sports and;
  • effective January 1, 2022, all children shall be afforded a “grace period” of 12 weeks from their 12th birthday during which they must provide identification in accordance with these Instructions but are relieved of the requirement to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, to allow a reasonable opportunity for this to be completed.

HPPH will continue to follow evidence based practices as we continue to work together to bring the pandemic to an end as soon as possible. Should there be any changes to the LOI, we will communicate widely with all stakeholders and the community.

When do players need to be fully vaccinated, is there a grace-period? 

These instructions come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on October 31, 2021 and require that each person, age 12 years and older, provide identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or a valid medical exemption at point of entry.

Fully Vaccinated” means a person who has received:

  • (a) the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, or
  • (b) one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • (c) three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago. 
Does this letter of instruction apply to sports and recreation activities played or practiced outdoors? 
No, these requirements as per the letter of instruction apply to sports and recreational activities that are played or practiced indoors where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is higher. 
What are Public Health Instructions, how are these different than recommendations? 
Letters of Instruction, issued by Medical Officers of Health impose additional requirements not set out in the Reopening Ontario Act and associated regulations. Requirements under a Letter of Instruction must be followed. These instructions are not recommendations. They are requirements pursuant to Section 2 and applicable subsections under Ontario Regulation 364/20. 

Class Order Section 22 | Updated by the Huron Perth Medical Officer of Health, February 26, 2021

This Section 22 Order is to all persons residing in or present in the health unit served by the Medical Officer of Health, in Perth County, Huron County, City of Stratford and Town of St. Marys who have been advised to isolate and/or quarantine by Huron Perth Public Health, or a health care provider at/from an assessment and/or testing centre, emergency department or family doctor's office for any reason related to COVID-19.

The Order is a legal measure that authorizes the health unit to enforce individual compliance with public health instructions. This order, which came into effect Feb. 26, 2021,  contains updated requirements from the Class Action Order issued on November 28, 2020.

For more information, view our Fact Sheet: What you need to know: HPPH Class Order, Section 22: Self-Isolation [PDF] or visit our  self-isolation page.