Lisa Mazurek Photography

BCHL to require players and staff to have COVID-19 vaccinations


Players, staff, and fans attending BC Hockey League games during the 2021-22 season will all need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The league released a statement Tuesday saying it is in full support of the vaccination mandate announced by the Provincial Health Officer and the BC government on Aug. 23.

As of Sept. 13, individuals attending enter certain spaces, including indoor ticketed sporting events, are required to provide proof of one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. By Oct. 24, entry to ticketed sporting events requires people to be fully vaccinated at least seven days after receiving both doses.

The league statement on Tuesday says all spectators attending a BCHL game for the 17 BC-based teams are required to show proof of vaccination. Any players or team staff entering a BCHL building at any given time are also required to be vaccinated.

The BCHL says it is committed to upholding these regulations in the interest of the health and safety of its players, staff, and fans.

The first BCHL pre-season game is set for Sunday, Sep. 19 with the Victoria Grizzlies home to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.