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Guidance for COVID - 19 screeners at Bothwell
Submitted By Sarah Simpson on Tuesday, October 5, 2021
For Bothwell Arena Volunteers to read......

Guidance for COVID-19 Screeners at the Bothwell Arena 

(as of October 4, 2021)



The COVID-19 virus has changed the manner in which organisations are operating, including the Southwest Minor Hockey Association, the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (O.M.H.A.), and the municipalities which operate the arenas in which hockey is playedThere are two (2) sets of rules that govern what is permitted at the Bothwell Arena


  • The Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Parks and Recreation Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen – Facility Proceduresand 


  • The O.M.H.A. Vaccination Policy (2021-2022 Season) Version 2 which was issued on September 9, 2021.  This Policy does not take effect until October 31, 2021


Because the O.M.H.A. Vaccination Policy does not take effect until October 31, 2021, Chatham-Kent’s Facility Procedures are the rules and procedures that must be currently followed. Here are some of the highlights of Chatham-Kent’s Facility Procedures:  



  1. Participants will not be able to enter the Arena until fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of their ice time, and must exit the Arena within fifteen (15) minutes of the conclusion of their ice time;


  1. It appears that some flexibility is being allowed to SWMHA COVID-19 Volunteer Screeners to enter the Arena 20-25 minutes prior to the start of the ice time to get set up and prepared;


  1. Other than participants (i.e. hockey players), no person is permitted to bring food or beverages inside the Arena!  Participants are permitted to bring in water bottles;


  1. Participants (i.e. hockey players under 18 years of age, coaches, and on-ice volunteers) need not show proof of double vaccinationwhen at the Arena to “engage in organized sport” (i.e. to go on the ice);


  1. Children under 12 years of age need not show proof of double vaccination;


  1. SWMHA COVID-19 Volunteer Screeners need not show proof of double vaccination;


  1. All Adults (18 years of age and older) and children 12 years of age or older that are “spectating” and not “actively participating in an organized sport” must show proof of double vaccination.



Procedures for SWMHA COVID-19 Volunteer Screeners:



  • To help keep persons apart, the Bothwell Arena has been divided into two “Zones”: Zone “1” which is the traditional entrance to the Arena (near the larger parking lot); and “Zone 2” which is the North-most entrance to the Arena (near the smaller parking lot).  Persons are expected to enter and exit through the same “zone” door. 


  • Bothwell Arena maintains a binder which contains “COVID Contact Screening Vax Verification Forms”. SWMHA COVID-19 Volunteer Screeners are to do the following: 


  • Greet each person entering the Arena and obtain the name and contact phone number for each Adult and each child 12 years of age and older;


  • Ascertain whether each person can pass the following self-screening questions listed below (NOTE that some persons may have completed an online “QR”. If so, review the results of the “QR”);


  • Obtain proof of double vaccination for every Adult, and every child 12 years of age and older (subject to the exceptions listed above at Paragraphs (d), (e), and (f); and 


  • Complete the “COVID Contact Screening Vax Verification Forms” inside the Bothwell Arena binder, and copy such information to the SWMHA binder. 




Self-Screening Questions for SWMHA COVID-19 Volunteer Screeners to ask Persons entering the Bothwell Arena: 



  1. Do you have a cough, fever, sore throat, or shortness of breath? and 


  1. Have you tested positive for COVID19, or travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?


  1. Have you had close contact with anyone who has exhibited symptoms of, or who is being tested for, COVID19, within the past 14 days? 


If a person answers “yes” to any of these questions, that person may not be permitted inside the Arena. 


If a person who is required to show proof of double vaccination cannot produce proof of double vaccination, that person may not be permitted inside the Arena. 

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