COVID 19 MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY
November 1, 2021
1. POLICY OVERVIEW
Oakville Wine Enthusiasts Club (OWEC) is committed to providing a safe environment for our members to attend our meetings and also any club sponsored Special Events. The purpose of this COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (the “Policy”) is to provide guidelines pertaining to the expectations and requirements of our Members in accordance with all applicable laws. The Policy is based on guidance from Health Canada, Public Health Ontario and local health authorities, as applicable.
In our day-to-day operations, we have a responsibility to all our members and the wine community in which we operate, and it is for this reason that it is critical that OWEC and its members take any and all precautions to protect against COVID-19. A critical component of these precautions is vaccination. The provincial and federal governments and public health authorities have strongly recommended that all individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.
We respect all members’ right to choose to be vaccinated or not, however we feel it is in the best interest of the majority of our members to mandate that vaccination will be required for membership in our Club.
St Joseph’s Cultural Centre, where our 2022 meetings will take place, requires proof of vaccination for attendance at this time, as well as masking when not seated at your own table. All new members for 2022 and guests to our events will be asked their vaccination status and will only be allowed to join and attend if they are fully vaccinated.
For the purposes of this Policy, “fully vaccinated” means you have received the full series of a COVID- 19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); and it has been at least 14 days since you received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
3. AMENDMENTS AND COMPLIANCE WITH LAW
As you know, COVID-19 has created an uncertain and rapidly changing environment for all of us. We will continue to monitor developments and adjust this Policy if necessary. This Policy will be at all times applied in accordance with the applicable law.
4. CONTACT FOR INTERPRETATION
We thank you for your cooperation in ensuring that we continue to best provide a safe environment for our members and our community.
Please contact any of our Executive with any questions pertaining to the Policy.