Effective 1 November 2021
Ottawa Citadel will implement a Mandatory Vaccine Policy. The Policy is applicable to all Corps activities including Sunday Worship, Bible Studies, Youth and Senior gatherings, and all other activities conducted within the building. With the implementation of the Mandatory Vaccine Policy, capacity limitation and physical distancing requirements are lifted.
Two restrictions remain:
· Masks must continue to be worn at all times
· Special requirements for Bands and Family Services will continue
As part of the Government of Ontario’s Reopening requirements the following actions are required:
The Corps must post signs at all entrances to inform members of the Corps family, Corps activity leaders, non-Corps groups that use the building and the general public that proof of vaccination is required to entre the building; and
All individuals entering the building must provide proof of vaccination and personal identification to gain access.
Children under 12 are allowed to enter as long as they are symptom free
UPDATE AS OF 10/20/21
The Salvation Army Canada & Bermuda Territory recently introduced a vaccination policy stating that all workers/volunteers who perform work on-site at any TSA location must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15, 2021, with a vaccine approved for use in Canada. This requirement is in addition to COVID-19 safety protocols already in place, such as physical distancing, masking, hand washing, etc.
To assist in meeting compliance with this policy, the ministry leaders of our church are currently recording proof of vaccination for all volunteers. If you are serving in a volunteer capacity, please cooperate with your ministry leader when they request you show proof of vaccination.
Below are a few FAQ’s to help you understand the policy as it pertains to Guelph Citadel.
WHY A MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY?
The COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy was developed in line with various public health authorities in trying to reduce the risk of transmission and alleviating the worst outcomes of infection.
WHO DOES THE POLICY APPLY TO?
This policy applies to all:
Employees (including contract employees, outside contractors)
Officers, auxiliary-captains, auxiliary-lieutenants and cadets
Volunteers (e.g., band members, songsters, ushers, greeters, Bible study leaders, sound technicians, Sunday school teachers, ministry boards, kettle workers, CFS volunteers, etc.)
External service providers who work on-site (e.g., elevator repair, electrician, construction, etc.). This does not include delivery persons, couriers, etc.
All individuals who work or visit on-site or who work on TSA’s behalf in a public space.
DO INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN CORPS ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS BAND, SONGSTERS, USHERS, GREETERS, BIBLE STUDY LEADERS, SOUND TECHNICIANS, SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MINISTRY BOARDS, ETC., NEED TO BE VACCINATED?
Yes. The policy applies to workers/volunteers, which includes those at a Salvation Army corps. The policy applies to volunteers if they are doing work on-site or in the public space (e.g., kettle workers, people in the delivery of services on behalf of TSA).
WHY DO WORKERS/VOLUNTEERS HAVE TO BE VACCINATED AND CONGREGANTS NOT?
At this time, this policy does not extend to congregants who only attend church activities (e.g., those attending a worship service, Bible study, Sunday school class, etc.), unless otherwise stipulated by the province. However, given the overlap of roles between volunteers, officers, staff and congregants, many congregants will have to be vaccinated if they wish to continue serving in a volunteer capacity.
HOW LONG WILL THIS POLICY BE IN PLACE?
This is unknown at this time. This policy will be reviewed regularly and revised as needed depending on the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is meant to be a temporary policy.
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