UPDATED DEC. 20 - Protocols for Ajax and Pickering Facilities - Effective December 20, 2022, Vaccination Required for ALL Participants, ages 12+

Dec. 10, 2021

UPDATED DECEMBER 20, 2021 (includes new proof of vaccination requirements and capacity limits) 

Please review and abide by the following procedures and protocols for all AJAX and PICKERING FACILITIES. If you have any questions please contact Tammy Henderson, APRA COVID Safety Officer  (905-409-4690). 



 ***New protocols for all participants, ages 12 to 17, effective December 20, 2021***

Anyone entering a facility in AJAX and PICKERING MUST provide proof of full vaccination. The only current exemptions to this requirement are patrons 11 years old and younger. 


a) For participants born between 2004 and 2009 (12 to 17 years of age)

i) personal identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for any entry on or after December 20, 2021; or

ii) a valid exemption as set out in subsection 2.1(6) of Schedule 1 of O. Reg. 364/20, for any entry on or after December 20, 2021.


b) For participants born in 2010 (turning 12 years old by December 31, 2022)

i) personal identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for any entry on or after the grace period of 12 weeks after their birthdate; or

ii) a valid exemption as set out in subsection 2.1(6) of Schedule 1 of O. Reg. 364/20, for any entry on or after the grace period of 12 weeks after their birthday.


NOTE: Children may be required to provide identification, at the point of entry, to indicate their age and that they are exempt from providing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Please review the Letter of Instruction from Durham Public Health and learn how the instructions may impact you


You will need to present corresponding government issued ID along with your proof of vaccination. 

Download your vaccine passport @ https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-proof/

  • Your 2nd shot must be at least 14 days prior to entry
  • Ajax and Pickering staff will manage the entry process and confirm proof of vaccination 


2.  COVID SCREENING - Complete prior to entry (ALL PATRONS)


4.  CAPACITY LIMITS - Revised December 19 

Only 1 parent or guardian is permitted to accompany each participant for all APRA events in both AJAX and PICKERING - Masks and Physical Distancing requirements remain in place.



You will have access to dressing rooms 30 minutes prior to ice times in both AJAX and PICKERING.

In AJAX only, you will not be able to enter facilities until 30 minutes prior to rentals. 

  • Allow athletes, coaching staff and officials to enter the building first; ensure COVID Screening and proof of vaccination documents are ready to present
  • All patrons are to exit the facility as quickly as possible (no loitering please)


5.  ENTER and EXIT through Designated Areas Only 

  • Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex (Pickering Rec Complex) Delaney and O'Brien Rinks: enter/exit through the main doors of the complex (east side of the building)
  • Don Beer Arena: enter/exit through the main doors adjacent to your ice rental (i.e. pad 2/3 entrance, or Pad 1 entrance)
  • Ajax Community Centre, PAD 1: enter/exit through the main doors of the centre (east side of the building)
  • Ajax Community Centre, PAD 3: enter through the southwest doors of the centre; exit through the doors located inside the arena (adjacent to the stands)



  • Dressing rooms will be open to athletes (showers available)- masks to be worn at all times prior to stepping on the ice
  • TEAM WARM-UPS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN AJAX AND PICKERING FACILITIES (stretching in dressing rooms allowed). 
  • Follow all signage and remain within designated areas; use only designated washrooms
  • Snack bars remain closed and concessions are not available at this time 
  • Water fountains and filling stations are available (still recommended to fill water bottles at home)
  • Follow the COVID Safety Basics - masks to be worn at all times; maintain social distancing among members of different households; no congregating in large groups. Be sure to follow these safety guidelines in the arena parking lots, as you line up for entry, and once inside the facilities




To summarize, all Ringette Ontario Participants - including Players, Officials, Bench Staff, Volunteers and Third Party Contractors, who are 18 years of age and older, are to provide proof of being fully vaccinated by November 1st, 2021, in order to participate in RO Sanctioned Activities. The policy also includes a Zero Tolerance clause against abusive behaviour and individuals who behave in any manner deemed as threatening, abusive, harassment and/or aggressive, towards volunteers and facility personnel.

Click here to read the Dec 24 announcement re: policy update

Click here to read the full policy

Click here to read the FAQ document

To confirm, there are NO EXEMPTIONS for officials or coaches over the age of 18 in the Ajax, Pickering, and as of November 1st, the Ringette Ontario policies. If there are other municipalities allowing for coaches or officials over the age of 18 to enter a facility without proof of vaccination, the Ringette Ontario policy which comes into effect November 1st is Ontario-wide and would prohibit their participation.  


If you have any questions please contact Tammy Henderson, APRA COVID Safety Officer   (905-409-4690)

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