RESTRICTED EXEMPTION PROGRAM


Sep. 19, 2021


To all Parents of the TMHA,

In light of the new clarifications to the AHS REP program, the Town of Taber arena and the TMHA will NOT need proof of vaccination from the youth participating in Alberta hockey sanctioned activities between the ages of 12 to 17.  With constantly evolving rules I can understand this can be frustrating and we appreciate your patience in this process.

As the most up do date rules apply, all spectators, coaches, managers etc. from the ages of 12 and above will need to provide one of the following:

 
1. Valid Proof of Vaccination according to the rules set forth in the government REP program
2. Valid negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to entry
3. Valid Medical Exemption
 
This means a youth participant that has not been vaccinated, tested negative or has an exemption and is over the age of 12 can NOT be a spectator at the Town of Taber arena.  The moment the player leaves the dressing room to go anywhere other than out of the building they become a spectator.  Please make your child aware of this. 

Below is the latest that was sent out from Hockey Alberta regarding these clarifications.  Please feel free to contact me at president@taberminorhockey.com with any further questions or concerns.

Thanks,
Dan Remfert
President TMHA
 
From Hockey Alberta: 
 

Good Afternoon,

 

Since the Government of Alberta released the updated Temporary Measures on September 15, including the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP), there has been a general sense of frustration within the hockey community.

The original announcement was positive - stating that youth sport, including competition, could continue along with masking and physical distancing requirements. The frustration stems from the lack of clarity regarding the intent and implementation of the REP, and how it impacts on youth sport participants, some of whom are eligible to be vaccinated, and some of whom are not eligible.

 

Hockey Alberta has heard this frustration from parents, players, coaches, officials and MHA volunteers. We are all trying to do the right thing for our participants and for our sport. Thank you for your efforts to date, and we ask you to keep up the good work that you are doing on behalf of our sport.

 

Hockey Alberta has been working to get these answers for several days and have been able to clarify a few pieces of important information below:

 

  • If a REP is in place in a facility, it covers the entire facility.
  • If a youth under 18 is accessing a facility with a REP in place for the sole purpose of taking part in a youth activity, they would not need to provide proof of vaccination status, physician note, or negative test.
  • However, if the facility has an REP in place individuals 12+ must show one of the acceptable options for proof of vaccination if they wished to spectate, use any other amenity (such as a restaurant), or participate in a mixed adult/youth activity (not including an activity where the adult supports the youth, such as a parents & tots class).

 

In the meantime, we encourage our Members to continue working directly with their facility and the measures they have in place and we will provide updated clarification as needed. We would also ask if you can provide Hockey Alberta with an update on if/ how your facility/community is implementing the REP. That will help us as we develop a supporting plan for both our provincial and regional leagues.

 

 

DREW DIXON

Senior Manager, Member Development

(P) 403-967-0054      (C) 403-877-9649

Red Deer

hockeyalberta.ca

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