OHL will require anyone attending a hockey game this season to be vaccinated

League expanding policy that used to only include players and team staff, volunteers

Anyone who wants to watch the Barrie Colts play this season will have to have rolled up their sleeve prior to the game.

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) announced on Friday it is expanding its vaccination policy to include spectators and other attendees to all OHL events. That includes games and practices. This is on top of an earlier mandate that required all players, coaches, trainers, team and league staff, officials, volunteers, and billet families to be vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the 2021/2022 season.

“Those wishing to gain access to OHL facilities of the 17 Ontario-based teams will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and follow any other safety protocols while in the facility,” reads a statement from the OHL. “Children under the age of 12 will be required to be accompanied and supervised by a fully vaccinated adult and will be required to follow all safety protocols.”

OHL players are expected to report to training camps on Saturday, September 4 before the league begins a conventional 68-game regular season starting October 7.