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Hockey Manitoba Releases Version X of its Return to Play

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Hockey Manitoba Releases Version X of its Return to Play

Following the changes made to Manitoba’s Public Health Orders, officially going into effect on Friday, December 17, Hockey Manitoba has released an updated Return to Play framework featuring updates to its policy on COVID-19 vaccines and immunization requirements for those wishing to continue with participation in minor hockey while entering recreational facilities throughout the continued 2021-22 season.

With everyone age 12 or older required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test upon entry to sporting facilities across the province beginning this past month, version X of the Return to Play has been updated to incorporate that change, as well as that of spectator capacity being limited to 50 percent through January 11, 2022. Tournaments are also no longer allowed to run during this time period.

The full Return to Play document can be found here.

From Hockey Manitoba: 

Proof of at least one dose of the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 or a recent (within 72 hours) negative Rapid Antigen Test result will be required for 12 to 17 year olds for indoor and recreational sports. This public health order took effect on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Negative tests need to come from a participating pharmacy as provincial testing sites should only be accessed by symptomatic individuals, or those who are required to take a PCR test by public health.

Proof of a single dose of vaccination will require a printout or web view of the individual’s government-issued immunization record as well as government-issued identification (driver’s license, provincial health card, social insurance number, birth certificate, passport) or a school ID card to verify the student’s identity.

Please note: There is no testing option for members 18 years of age and older. All members 18 years of age and older must present evidence demonstrating that they have received the completed series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to enter all indoor recreational facilities in Manitoba. Children 11 and under will be able to attend events and activities as per usual.

Hockey Manitoba recognizes that our members have questions and concerns about the new Public Health Orders. Our organization is committed to providing the most up-to-date and relevant information for our members and we will remain in contact with Provincial Health and Sport Manitoba and will disseminate new information promptly.

Hockey Manitoba will comply with the Manitoba Human Rights Code (MHRC) and accept accommodations that have been provided by the provincial government. Any members seeking a medical or religious accommodation must do so through an application to the provincial government.

Hockey Manitoba recognizes the important role the game of hockey plays in the lives of countless Manitobans therefore, we are eager to resume play, however the health and safety of all participants must remain the number one priority.

Please note that the resumption of play may not be linear as increasing restrictions may be required in response to fluctuating numbers of COVID – 19 cases in the province.  As a result, our RTP plan will remain fluid and flexible to accommodate the necessary response to the changes in advice from the Provincial Health professionals.

As new information becomes available, we will make sure our Members and the hockey community are informed.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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