Section 22 Orders and Instructions

NEW: Effective October 31, 2021, there is an instruction to owners/operators of facilities located in Huron and Perth counties where organized sports are played and/or practised coming into effect. 

In February 2021, a Class Action Section 22 was updated that authorizes the health unit to enforce individual compliance with public health instructions. The key focus of this order is to ensure people who have been told to self-isolate by public health or a health care provider are doing so.

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. For youth turning 12 starting in January 1, 2022, at this time they may have an 8-week grace period to become fully vaccinated. Starting April 2022 all children turning 12 must be fully vaccinated. This direction is based on the premise that children turning 12 in 2022 will become eligible on January 1, 2022; this direction may be revised as additional Ministry direction is received.
  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.

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.

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.

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.