COVID-19 UPDATES AT THE TRIBUTE COMMUNITIES CENTRE
Please continue to follow this article for updates from Spectra and our partners surrounding the Tribute Communities Centre:
March 16, 2022 - Spectra
With the end of the Provincial Mask Mandate approaching, Spectra announced today that they will follow the direction from public health officials and make mask wearing for staff and guests at the Tribute Communities Centre voluntary, yet strongly encouraged, as of March 21.
Spectra will continue with their enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols at the Tribute Communities Centre and encourage all guests to sanitize frequently while at the venue.
We ask that all staff and guests be respectful of others’ choices.
February 25, 2022 - Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that, in accordance with timelines set forth by the Government of Ontario, capacity restrictions will be lifted in OHL facilities and venues will no longer require proof of vaccination for spectators effective Tuesday, March 1. All other public health requirements, such as masking, will remain in effect.
“We’re very excited to see fans back watching the Ontario Hockey League in person,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “It’s been a season like no other, and I’m very proud of the way that everyone across the League has come together to follow the guidance of our government and public health leaders as we navigate the challenges presented by Covid-19. We’ll continue to prioritize health and safety first for players, staff, fans and their communities as the season continues.”
February 14, 2022 - Ontario
(Relevant portion extracted from 'Ontario Moving to Next Phase of Reopening on February 17' news release)
With key public health and health system indicators continuing to improve, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is cautiously and gradually easing public health measures sooner, with the next phase of measures being eased on February 17, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.
Effective February 17, 2022
Ontario will further ease public health measures, including, but not limited to:
- Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
- Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
- Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:
- Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
- Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
- Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
- Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
- Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
- Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
- Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs
- Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.
Capacity limits in other indoor public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and shopping malls, will be maintained at, or increased to, the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance.
Effective March 1, 2022
Ontario intends to take additional steps to ease public health measures if public health and health system indicators continue to improve. This includes lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings.
Ontario will also lift proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Masking requirements will remain in place at this time, with a specific timeline to lift this measure to be communicated at a later date.
January 20, 2022 - Ontario
(Relevant portion extracted from 'Ontario Outlines Steps to Cautiously and Gradually Ease Public Health Measures' news release)
With key public health and health care indicators starting to show signs of improvement, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, today released details of steps to cautiously and gradually ease public health measures, starting on January 31, 2022.
January 31, 2022
Effective January 31, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. Ontario will begin the process of gradually easing restrictions, while maintaining protective measures, including but not limited to:
- Increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
- Increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50 per cent in indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
- Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms;
- Meeting and event spaces;
- Allowing spectator areas of facilities such as sporting events, concert venues and theatres to operate at 50 per cent seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.
Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.
*Food and/or drink services will still be prohibited at indoor sporting events; concert venues during this period as per the December 17, 2021 safety measures.
February 21, 2022
Effective February 21, 2022, Ontario will lift public health measures, including:
- Increasing social gathering limits to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
- Removing capacity limits in indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to restaurants, indoor sports and recreational facilities, cinemas, as well as other settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
- Permitting spectator capacity at sporting events, concert venues, and theatres at 50 per cent capacity.
Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.
*Food and/or drink services safety measures lifted during this stage.
March 14, 2022
Effective March 14, 2022, Ontario will take additional steps to ease public health measures, including:
- Lifting capacity limits in all indoor public settings. Proof of vaccination will be maintained in existing settings in addition to other regular measures.
- Increase social gathering limits to 50 people indoors with no limits for outdoor gatherings.
To manage COVID-19 over the long-term, local and regional responses by public health units may be deployed based on local context and conditions.
January 3, 2022 - Spectra
As per the Province's announcement today regarding moving to a modified step two of the Roadmap to Reopen, the Tribute Communities Centre will be closed to the public on Wednesday, January 5 at 12:01am until at least January 26, 2022 due to the newest safety measures and restrictions.
All ice rentals clients and members of the Durham Central Adult Hockey League will be contacted by our Ice Sales Department.
The Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame will also be closed during this time.
Our Ticket Office and Call Centre hours of operation will be reduced to Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00pm - 6:00pm during this time.
Fans will not be permitted in the venue for spectator events, such as the Oshawa Generals games until the current provincial restrictions are lifted. More information will be posted on the Oshawa Generals website and sent to ticketholders once available from the OHL and the Oshawa Generals.
December 30, 2021 - Ontario
(Relevant portion oextracted from 'Ontario Updating Public Health Measures and Guidance in Response to Omicron' news release)
Further Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in Larger Indoor Settings
To further strengthen its response to Omicron and reduce opportunities for close contact as the province gets as many vaccines into arms as possible, effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, December 31, 2021, Ontario is restricting spectator capacity to 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less, in the indoor areas of the following settings:
- Spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g., sporting events);
- Concert venues; and
The government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to lift capacity limits in these settings.
December 17, 2021 - Ontario
In response to the rapidly-spreading and highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is applying additional public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity and social gathering limits. These measures will help curb transmission and continue to safeguard the Ontario’s hospitals and ICU capacity as the province continues to rapidly accelerate its booster dose rollout.
“Throughout this entire pandemic, we’ve never faced an enemy like Omicron given how quickly it spreads,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We need to do everything we can to slow its spread as we continue to dramatically ramp up capacity to get as many booster shots into arms as possible. Doing so is the best way to safeguard our hospital and intensive care units.”
The latest modelling suggests that the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant could put additional strain on Ontario’s hospital capacity, making it critical to slow the spread as the government dramatically increases vaccine capacity and expands eligibility for booster doses. The province recently doubled its vaccination capacity and continues to ramp up further to get as many vaccines into arms as possible. Over 156,000 doses were administered on December 16, 2021 with capacity increased to 200,000 to 300,000 in the coming days.
To further strengthen its response to Omicron and reduce opportunities for close contact as the province gets as many vaccines into arms as possible, Ontario is introducing a 50 per cent capacity limit in the following indoor public settings:
- Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments and strip clubs;
- Personal care services;
- Personal physical fitness trainers;
- Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies);
- Shopping malls;
- Non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g. gyms);
- Indoor recreational amenities;
- Indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities;
- Tour and guide services;
- Photography studios and services;
- Marinas and boating clubs;
- Facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities;
- Entertainment facilities such as concert venues, theatres and cinemas;
- Racing venues;
- Meeting and event spaces;
- Studio audiences in commercial film and television production;
- Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions;
- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and
- Fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals.
These limits do not apply to any portion of a business or place that is being used for a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite, or ceremony. Businesses or facilities will also need to post a sign stating the capacity limits that are permitted in the establishment.
To further reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, additional protective measures are also being applied:
- The number of patrons permitted to sit at a table in a restaurant, bar and other food or drink establishment and meeting and event space will be limited to 10 people and patrons will be required to remain seated.
- Patrons must remain seated at concerts venues, theatres and cinemas.
- Bars and restaurants and meeting and event spaces and strip clubs that serve food and drink like a restaurant will be required to close by 11 p.m. Take out and delivery will be permitted beyond 11 p.m.
- Singing and dancing in restaurants and bars and other select settings will not be allowed except for workers or performers.
- Food and/or drink services will be prohibited at indoor sporting events; concert venues, theatres and cinemas; casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments including in these establishment can operate subject to the rules applicable to these settings (e.g., 50% capacity).
- The sale of alcohol will be restricted after 10 p.m. and consumption of alcohol in businesses or settings after 11 p.m.
In addition, to mitigate COVID-19 transmission that can occur at informal social gatherings, the province is also reducing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
These restrictions will come into effect on 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021.
“This was not an easy decision to make before the holidays, but the evidence is clear that further public health measures are required to slow the spread of Omicron and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “As we expand booster eligibility and continue our Team Ontario effort to get as many shots into arms as possible, I am urging every single person to get their vaccine if they haven’t already done so, and sign up for their booster shot as soon as they’re able.”
In addition, in response to emerging global evidence of substantial increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is updating the personal protective equipment requirements outlined in Directive 5 to provide interim guidance to require N95s for health care workers providing direct care to or interacting with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID.
“As the rapidly spreading Omicron variant becomes the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Ontario, it is necessary to apply additional public health and workplace safety measures to reduce transmission, protect our health system and save lives,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “We all have a role to play in keeping ourselves, friends, families, neighbours and communities safe this holiday season. Please follow all public measures and get vaccinated with your first, second or booster dose if you have not done so already. Omicron will not take a holiday.”
The government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to monitor trends in key public health and health care indicators, including emerging data on the Omicron variant and will continue to take swift action to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians.
December 15, 2021 - Ontario
To protect Ontario’s progress in the fight against COVID-19 and safeguard the province’s hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs) in the face of the rapidly-spreading Omicron variant, the Ontario government is rapidly accelerating its booster dose rollout by expanding eligibility to all individuals aged 18 and over, as well as shortening the interval to three months following an individual’s second dose. To provide an additional layer of protection against COVID-19 and variants during the holiday season, Ontario is also launching a holiday testing blitz starting today to offer rapid antigen screening to individuals free of charge at pop-up sites across the province, as well as select LCBO stores across Ontario.
“As we combat the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant, nothing matters more than getting these booster doses into people’s arms” said Premier Doug Ford. “I am issuing a call to arms. We need every member of Team Ontario to stand tall and do their part as we work to protect our hard-fought progress and keep Ontarians safe.”
Starting Monday, December 20, 2021, individuals aged 18 and over will be eligible to schedule their booster dose appointment through the Ontario’s booking portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, participating pharmacies and primary care settings. Appointments will be booked three months (84 days) after a second dose as the province urgently expands booster eligibility to millions more individuals. Additionally, pharmacies and other channels may provide boosters for 18 and over at the three-month interval starting Friday, December 17, 2021 for walk-ins.
In addition, starting today, individuals aged 50 and over as well as all those currently eligible who have already booked their appointment at an interval of six months (168 days) can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to re-book for an earlier date at the three-month interval and can change their appointment through Ontario’s booking portal starting on Monday.
“As we continue to learn more about the Omicron variant, we need all hands on deck to help limit transmission and protect our hospital capacity,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine offers additional protection against the Omicron variant, and I urge everyone to get their booster dose as soon as you can. If you haven’t received your first or second dose of the vaccine, now is the time.”
To further strengthen its response to Omicron, effective December 18, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Ontario intends to introduce a 50 per cent capacity limit to the following indoor areas of venues with a usual capacity of 1,000 or more: facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities; entertainment facilities such as concert venues, theatres and cinemas; racing venues; meeting and event spaces; studio audiences in commercial film and television production; museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions; casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and fair, rural exhibitions, and festivals. This measure is being taken to reduce opportunities for close contact in high-risk indoor settings with large crowds and when face coverings/masks are not always worn.
As part of the government’s enhanced testing strategy, starting today up to two million rapid tests will be provided free of charge at pop-up testing sites in high-traffic settings such as malls, retail settings, holiday markets, public libraries and transit hubs. Pop-up teams will be deployed at nearly 50 locations across the province, including some co-located with GO-VAXX mobile vaccine buses. Most sites will distribute free take-home rapid antigen test kits, subject to supply, and some will offer asymptomatic rapid antigen screening on-site. The government will also make take-home rapid tests available at select LCBO stores, starting with the busiest stores this week and with more stores being added in the coming days.
Ontarians can visit Ontario.ca/holidaytesting to find out if pop-up rapid antigen screening sites will be available in their area. Locations and operating hours will be updated weekly, and no appointment will be required.
The latest available data suggests that the Omicron variant is more transmissible than the Delta variant and will become the dominant variant by the end of the month. Early evidence suggests that a third dose or booster can further increase protection against severe illness and hospitalization. While cases were always expected to rise, the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant could put additional strain on Ontario’s hospital capacity, making it critical that all Ontarians receive their booster dose as soon as possible.
Ontario’s cautious approach and high vaccination rates have contributed to keep hospital and intensive care unit capacity stable. As of December 15, there were 153 COVID-19 related critical illness patients in ICU. The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 related critical illness patients in ICU is 154. Approximately 600 ICU beds are available, with nearly 500 additional ICU beds available for surge capacity if required.
To quickly scale up capacity to administer up to previous peak vaccination capacity, the province has asked public health units, hospitals, pharmacists, primary care providers and other health care providers to ramp up additional vaccinations sites and prioritize the administration of first, second and booster doses across the province. On December 14, 127,000 vaccines were administered in Ontario, well above recent provincial capacity, and the province is continuing to ramp up to administer 200,000 to 300,000 doses per day by next week based on demand. The province is also partnering with additional health care providers and first responders to support Ontario’s vaccination efforts and administer more shots in arms.
Ontario is engaging with large corporations who have the capabilities to implement workplace and community clinics to support the booster dose rollout for employees, their families and the local community. Bruce Power, in partnership with Grey Bruce Health Unit, will be the first corporate-led vaccine clinic, starting the week of December 20. In addition, the successful mobile vaccine clinic strategy will be expanded to meet the evolving challenges of COVID-19 and its variants. More information on the corporate and mobile clinics will be available in the coming weeks. The province will also be expanding the Stop the Spread Business Information Line to allow businesses to request vaccine supply to administer on-site for employees. Businesses will need to meet certain criteria to ensure proper storage and safe administration of the vaccines, including availability of health human resources.
“Today’s announcement underlines our government’s ongoing priority to keep Ontarians safe while protecting our health care systems and communities from COVID-19 and its variants,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “We are expanding our efforts to include workplace and mobile vaccine clinics with the support of our health care and corporate partners as well as public health units, to ensure that first, second and booster doses are easily and conveniently accessible across the province to all Ontarians.”
“As we continue to learn more about the Omicron variant we need to do more to strengthen our defence against the virus, and vaccines are the most effective way we can do that,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “If you are eligible for a booster or have not yet had your first or second dose, please come forward to get vaccinated. It will provide you, your loved ones and your community with vital layer of protection throughout the winter season.”
Ontario continues to work with the federal government to secure sufficient supply to maintain widespread rapid testing across the province in the coming weeks and months. Ontario is also directly procuring additional rapid tests where possible to fulfill necessary supply needs over the next several weeks.
December 10, 2021 - Ontario
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is taking action to further encourage vaccination and help limit the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. These measures will help reduce the risk of transmission during the winter months and further encourage every eligible Ontarian to get their shot so that Ontario’s hospital capacity is protected.
“As we continue to learn more about the Omicron variant, we are taking additional measures to protect our progress as we head into the winter months,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Getting vaccinated and adhering to public health and workplace safety measures will continue to protect us and our loved ones against COVID and variants, but we won’t hesitate to continue to take swift action to ensure the continued health and safety of all Ontarians.”
Ontario’s weekly cases incidence rate is below the national average, and recent investments combined with high vaccination rates have meant hospital and intensive care unit capacity remains stable. In line with Ontario’s cautious approach throughout the pandemic and in light of evolving global evidence around the Omicron variant, the province is adjusting its COVID-19 response that will strengthen the province’s proof of vaccination requirements and enhance public health measures. This includes the following measures:
- Delaying the lifting of proof of vaccination requirements beyond January 17, 2022, aligned with the reopening plan that stipulated that doing so was contingent on the absence of concerning trends.
- Effective January 4, 2022, requiring the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy. Individuals can download their enhanced certificate with QR code by visiting https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/.
- Strengthening the verification process for medical exemptions and clinical trial exemptions by requiring a certificate with a QR code. Organizations and businesses that are under the provincial proof-of-vaccination system will be advised to no longer accept physician notes as of January 10, 2022.
- Effective December 20, 2021, requiring proof of vaccination for youth aged 12 to 17 years participating in organized sports at recreational facilities.
- On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontarians are strongly advised to limit their social gatherings and the number of gatherings they attend over the holiday season. Additional precautions should be taken if all individuals are not fully vaccinated or where vaccination status is unknown. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.
The full suite of measures is outlined in the backgrounder.
To continue providing an additional layer of protection against COVID-19 and variants, as part of its enhanced winter testing strategy the province is launching a holiday testing blitz next week to offer voluntary rapid antigen screening to asymptomatic individuals free of charge. Two million rapid tests will be provided at pop-up testing sites in high-traffic settings such as malls, retail settings, holiday markets and transit hubs.
In addition, starting on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., individuals aged 50 and over will be eligible to schedule their booster dose appointment. This will expand booster eligibility to approximately 5.5 million people. Expanded booster dose eligibility to all Ontarians 18 years of age and older will occur on January 4, 2022, with appointments to be booked approximately six months after receiving a second dose.
“Ontario, like other jurisdictions around the world, is seeing concerning trends in public health and health care indicators, and additional measures are required to protect our progress for the long-term,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “All Ontarians are strongly urged to follow these and existing measures and get vaccinated with a first, second or booster dose if you have not done so already. These are the layers that are protecting everyone. By taking these actions, we can help to reduce the mobility of COVID-19 and its variants, protect public health and health system capacity and save lives. This is especially important as we enter the holiday season and spend more time with family and friends. We need to keep each other safe.”
The COVID-19 vaccine remains the single best protection against COVID-19 and variants. Every eligible Ontarian is strongly recommended to get vaccinated or receive their booster if they are eligible as soon as possible.
October 8, 2021 - Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that following the Government of Ontario’s expansion of spectator capacity limits at indoor sporting venues, the League’s 17 Ontario-based facilities will be welcoming 100 percent capacity, fully vaccinated crowds beginning Saturday, October 9.
“We are grateful for the continued work and leadership of our Government and public health officials led by Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Sport Lisa MacLeod and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “Yesterday’s launch to our 2021-22 Regular Season was an incredible night for everyone, and more fans being safely permitted to enter OHL facilities across the province only adds to that excitement we’re all feeling.”
Tonight’s schedule features seven contests after the season got underway in North Bay, Barrie and Windsor on Thursday. Saturday’s OHL schedule includes an additional seven games.
“The health and safety of our players, staff, officials, fans, billets and communities is paramount,” Branch added. “We’re very excited to welcome OHL fans back for what’s sure to be a great season.”
September 24, 2021 - Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that following the Government of Ontario’s expansion of spectator capacity limits at indoor sporting venues, the League’s 17 Ontario-based facilities will be welcoming up to 50 percent of their respective fan capacities for games beginning Saturday, September 25.
“The regular season is fast approaching and it’s an exciting time for everyone,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “This announcement only amplifies that energy as the League and its member teams look forward to welcoming more of our great fans into venues across the province.”
The 2021-22 OHL Regular Season gets underway on Thursday, October 7, kicking-off a Thanksgiving long weekend that includes 21 games on the Opening Week schedule.
“We remain grateful for our continued conversations with the Government and public health officials led by Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Sport Lisa MacLeod and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore,” Branch added. “The League continues to put the health and safety of its players, staff, officials, fans, billets and the communities in which they reside at the forefront as we embark on the new season.”
August 20, 2021 - Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) is announcing that effective October 7, 2021 with the commencement of the 2021-22 regular season, the League will be expanding its current vaccination policy which applies to members of the OHL Community. This expanded policy will cover all spectators and other attendees at all OHL events, including games and practices.
Those wishing to gain access to OHL facilities of the 17 Ontario based teams will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and follow any other safety protocols while in the facility. Children under the age of 12 will be required to be accompanied and supervised by a fully vaccinated adult and will be required to follow all safety protocols.
July 12, 2021 - Spectra
As of July 20, 2021, the Tribute Communities Centre will reopen for ice user groups for Rink 1 and Rink 2 usage. For more information on ice rentals at the Tribute Communities Centre, visit the Ice Rentals page.
For more information on our Master Reopening Plan and Policies, visit our Together AGAIN! Page.
June 29, 2021 - Oshawa Generals
Alongside the Ontario Hockey League, the Oshawa Generals are excited to announce the complete 2021-2022 regular-season schedule.
Commencing on Friday, Oct 8, the Oshawa Generals will begin the 68-game schedule against the Hamilton Bulldogs at home. The regular season will finish on April 3rd against the Kingston Frontenacs, also on home ice.
In this particular year, not unlike the National Hockey League and due to a number of different factors, the Ontario Hockey League has aimed to reduce travel and overnight stays for member teams throughout the regular season. This has resulted in a schedule driven predominantly by intra-conference play.
2021-2022 Opponent breakdown:
Peterborough Petes: 12 games
Kingston Frontenacs: 12 games
Ottawa 67’s: 10 games
Hamilton Bulldogs: 8 games
Niagara IceDogs: 6 games
Barrie Colts: 6 games
Mississauga Steelheads: 6 games
North Bay Battalion: 4 games
Sudbury Wolves: 4 games
For the full OHL regular season schedule, visit the Ontario Hockey League website.
April 20, 2021 - Ontario Hockey League
Earlier this month the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Government of Ontario reached an agreement on a Return to Play plan for the League. However, the recently extended stay at home order along with increasing cases of COVID-19 across the province make it impossible for the OHL to have a season.
“We have worked tirelessly with the Province and the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the past year on different scenarios and different windows of opportunity but the reality is the conditions in Ontario have never been right to start and complete an uninterrupted, safe opportunity for players to showcase their skills,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “We owe it to our players and their families to be definitive. We were committed to return and play this season, but our hopes and desires have been dashed by the cruel realities of COVID-19.”
Just a few short weeks ago, the League and Province had reached an agreement on the OHL Return to Play plan but on the eve of announcing any details, COVID-19 conditions worsened dramatically as new variants of concern took hold and posed a significant threat to overwhelm the health care system. The plan envisioned a shortened season to be played in hub cities following the most rigorous COVID-19 containment protocols possible. The goal was to showcase the League’s 450 players for scouts preparing for the 2021 NHL Draft, U SPORTS men’s hockey programs as well as Hockey Canada’s World Junior Summer Evaluation Camp.
“Ontario has the strongest health restrictions of any jurisdiction in North America and we understood that this would make a return to play scenario extremely difficult,” added Commissioner Branch. “The openness the Premier, Minister Lisa MacLeod, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer and key staff have afforded us has not gone unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. We all agree that providing certainty for our players and families, even if it is not the answer they would want to hear, is the right thing for everyone’s health and safety and for the mental health challenges faced by many of our young players.”
- The OHL’s 17 Ontario-based teams support 327 full-time jobs across its member team and League offices, along with 831 part-time jobs. Additionally, 176 students work for teams on internships or co-op terms, along with 1,100 volunteers.
- In 15 of 17 Ontario communities, the OHL team is the most popular and significant sports and entertainment property. The economic and community development of the OHL cannot be overstated. The League has a direct financial impact of over $126 million and an indirect impact of over $265 million on the Ontario economy. OHL member teams raised upwards of $4 million in support of charities across the province during the 2019-20 season.
- A total of 343 OHL graduates have accessed their OHL Scholarship during the current academic year at a cost to OHL member teams of $3.15 million.
- The OHL remains the number one provider of talent to the National Hockey League. In the 51-year history of the modern NHL Draft, the OHL has produced a remarkable 2,410 selections, representing approximately 20% of all players chosen. Since 2013, the OHL has produced more first and second round picks, more forwards and more defencemen than any other league in the world while producing the second-highest number of goaltenders.
April 1, 2021 - Spectra
The Province of Ontario has announced that all of Ontario, including Durham Region and the City of Oshawa, will move into a province-wide emergency brake shutdown effective Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
As per this announcement today, the Tribute Communities Centre will be closed to the public as of Saturday, April 3, 2021 as part of the province-wide shutdown.
For those with ice rentals booked during this timeframe, our team will be in touch with you shortly. Continue to stay up to date with our venue announcements through this thread.
March 10, 2021 - Spectra
Spectra Venue Management is delighted to announce the Tribute Communities Centre has been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp. The Safe Travels Stamp is an international symbol designed to allow travellers to recognize governments and companies around the world, which have adopted health and hygiene, standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.
TIAO President & CEO, Beth Potter said “We are delighted to confirm the Tribute Communities Centre has been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp. Across Canada, tourism businesses big and small are doing all they can to offer Canadians the perfect vacation. More and more Canadians are looking closer to home to escape from the challenges of and rediscovering their own provinces.
When they see the ‘Safe Travels Stamp’ has been awarded to the destination or hotel they’re planning to visit they will know that they are upholding the highest standards of health and safety and demonstrating they are adhering to the global health protocols issued by the WTTC.”
February 19, 2021 - Spectra
As of February 20, 2021, the Tribute Communities Centre will reopen for on-ice instruction to specific sport affiliations and organizations. For more information on ice rentals at the Tribute Communities Centre, visit the Ice Rentals page here.
For more information on our Master Reopening Plan, click the link at the top of this page.
February 2, 2021 - Spectra / Live Nation Ontario - re: Kane Brown
The Kane Brown event scheduled for April 8, 2021 at 7:00pm at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa has been cancelled.
The good news is that a refund will be processed automatically to the credit card you used for your purchase. You should expect to receive your refund in approximately 14 business days.
Thanks for being a fan.
Please Note: To receive your refund, you must have purchased your tickets through us directly. If you purchased your tickets from us using cash or debit, a representative of our Ticket Office will be in contact with you, as the Tribute Communities Centre Ticket Office is currently closed.
If you have any ticketing related questions, please contact our Director of Ticketing, Karen Theis at email@example.com.
We look forward to gathering and celebrating the live experience together again.
December 23, 2020 - Ontario Hockey League
After meeting with our Board of Governors and General Managers, the OHL has made the decision to delay the start of the 2020-21 season. Training camps had been scheduled to begin in mid-January, many players were set to report to their teams in early January, and games were scheduled to commence on February 4, 2021.
This decision follows Premier Ford’s announcement of a province-wide shutdown in Ontario commencing on December 26, 2020. The League will continue to consult and work closely with Governments and health authorities to determine potential start dates in the new year.
The safety of all of our stakeholders and communities is our priority and we are committed to starting the 2020-21 season when it is safe to do so. We know that this is difficult news for many of our players, fans, billets, parents, staff and teams. However, the restrictions both provincially in Ontario as well as nationally with regards to cross-border travel have informed our decision.
On behalf of the OHL, we wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season and we look forward to dropping the puck when we safely start the 2020-21 season.
December 21, 2020 - Spectra
As per the provincial government’s announcement today, the Tribute Communities Centre will be closed to the public as of December 26, 2020 as part of the province-wide lockdown. For those with ice rentals booked during the next 28 days, starting on December 26, our team will be in touch with you shortly. Stay up to date with our venue announcements through this thread.
October 29, 2020 - Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League today announced an updated timeline on its Return to Play plan for the 2020-21 season as it continues to work with government and health agencies to finalize outstanding matters that help ensure the health and safety of all members of the OHL community.
“Although we are eager to get back on the ice, the safety and well-being of our players, staff, officials, tremendous fans and communities remains paramount,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “We remain committed to providing our players with a safe, first-class development experience as they pursue their professional and academic goals, and we look forward to the planned opening of our Regular Season on Thursday, February 4.”
Under the new timelines, OHL Training Camps are scheduled to commence on Saturday, January 23 in preparation for the 2020-21 Regular Season that will feature a 40-game schedule running from Thursday, February 4 through Saturday, May 8. Teams will play primarily against opponents in their geographic region in an effort to reduce travel in consideration of the health and safety of all players and staff. Details concerning the structure of team alignment will be made available upon release of the 2020-21 OHL Regular Season schedule.
A total of eight teams will qualify for the 2021 OHL Playoffs in pursuit of the J. Ross Robertson Cup that get underway on Tuesday, May 11. The OHL Playoffs will consist of three rounds, the first being a best-of-five opening round, followed by two best-of-seven formats to crown a League champion by no later than Monday, June 14. The 2021 Memorial Cup presented by Kia is scheduled to begin Thursday, June 17 in either Oshawa or Sault Ste. Marie.
September 17, 2020 - Ontario Hockey League
With a planned return to play less than three months away, the Ontario Hockey League continues to work with government and health agencies to plan the safe return of OHL action while also finalizing outstanding issues such as safe attendance at venues and cross border travel for teams. In preparation for the 2020-21 playing season, the League today announced a number of key dates to be circled on the calendar.
OHL Training Camps are scheduled to open on Sunday, November 15, with Exhibition play commencing on the weekends of November 20-22 and 27-29.
Other notable dates for the 2020-21 season include a February 10, 2021 trade deadline, the conclusion of the Regular Season on April 29 and the 2021 OHL Playoffs for the J. Ross Robertson Cup taking place from May 2 to June 14. The 2021 Memorial Cup presented by Kia is scheduled for June 17-27 and will be hosted by either the Oshawa Generals or the Soo Greyhounds.
With an eye to the future, the 2021 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 followed by the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection on Wednesday, May 12.
The OHL plans to open the 2020-21 Regular Season on the previously announced target start date of Tuesday, December 1.
August 28, 2020 - Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame
During this time of uncertainty, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame has been closed to all visitors.
The Board of Governors had set a new date of Wednesday, October 7, 2020 as the date for our Inductee Ceremony. The Board feels that the regulatory people will not be granting permission for large groups indoors. We would need permission for up to 300 people to attend the function.
With that in mind, the Board has agreed at our meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2020 to request two new dates as possibilities from the Tribute Communities Centre.
That would be the last Wednesday of May and June 2021. The final date would depend on the Generals holding the 2021 Memorial Cup in Oshawa at the Tribute Communities Centre the week of June 17 to 27, 2021.
The decision to postpone the 2020 Induction Ceremony to May or June 2021 at that time was made by the Board.
Permission to open the Hall of Fame for our Wednesday sessions has been provided by the Tribute Communities Centre.
We will have to follow all guidelines and protocols set out by the Tribute Communities Centre in conjunction with Municipal and Provincial guidelines. This will begin mid to late September 2020.
Traffic patterns & social distancing are in the process of being laid out. The Hall of Fame will be providing hand sanitizer stations and proper signage to provide a safe experience for our visitors.
Opening will be communicated through our website as soon as we feel we are ready and prepared.
Thank you for your patience,
Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame Chairman
August 5, 2020 - Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that it is planning to return to play on December 1, 2020, subject to ensuring that the players, fans, staff and community are able to play and attend games safely. Over the next four months the League will continue to work with government and health agencies to finalize outstanding issues such as safe attendance at venues and cross border travel for teams and players.
“We are looking forward to getting back to playing hockey, but are committed to ensuring that we do so in a manner that is safe and healthy for our players, officials, families, billets, teams, staff, fans and the community,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “Players will remain at home until the season resumes and teams will work closely with them on both their academic studies and overseeing their on and off-ice development. In addition, the League will liaise with our facilities to ensure that our venues are safe for our return to play.”
The season will include a 64-game schedule and a 16-team playoff format. The regular season is scheduled to end on Thursday April 29, 2021. The 102nd Memorial Cup presented by Kia is scheduled to be played June 17-27, 2021 and will be hosted by either the Oshawa Generals or Soo Greyhounds.
July 29, 2020 - Spectra
Tribute Communities Centre today introduced its all-inclusive reopening plan, which is a blueprint of best practices, policies, and procedures the venue has put in place prior to welcoming back the public, starting with their ice users in August.
The “Together AGAIN!” custom reopening strategy was created using industry standards and recommendations; directives from local, provincial and federal governments; guidance from Health Canada, Ontario Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Durham Region Health Department as well as expertise from Spectra’s leaders and subject matter experts. In accordance with the City of Oshawa’s Reopening Plan, the Tribute Communities Centre will begin welcoming back ice user groups on August 4, 2020 from specific sport affiliations and organizations that have COVID-19 protocols in place and will begin accepting requests from other groups as well moving forward. Approval has also been given to welcome back the Durham Central Adult Hockey League which starts play later in September. Team registration is now underway and more information can be found at www.tributecommunitiescentre.com/dcahl.
As Oshawa has now entered Stage 3 of the Province’s reopening plan, the Tribute Communities Centre will be entering Phase Two (A) of their own plan and will continue to make regular updates based on new guidance and requirements from public health and government officials. Below is a summary of the key elements of the plan for ice user groups:
- Limited on-ice participants based on public health guidelines.
- Signage will be posted throughout the venue reminding guests to socially distance by two metres (6 feet) and observe best hygiene practices.
- Players’ bench seating will be marked to allow physical distancing.
- One guardian per on-ice participant is permitted and designated viewing areas will be available.
Cleaning and Sanitization
- Hand sanitizer stations and hand pumps will be available throughout venue, especially in high-touch areas.
- Frequent cleaning and sanitization with Health Canada approved products in all high-touch areas and restrooms between ice user groups’ rentals.
- Our Operations and Housekeeping Departments will conduct regular disinfecting utilizing electro static sprayers to supplement routine cleaning throughout the day.
- Nanoseptic strips on regular touch point items such as elevator buttons, door push bars, and accessible buttons for automatic doors.
- Cleaning logs will be maintained to document cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Masks will be required to be worn by staff and guests while in the venue with the exception of when ice users are on the ice surface.
- Applicable ice users are strongly encouraged to wear a full, face shield on their helmets.
- All staff and guests will be screened upon entrance of the venue.
- Ingress and egress points along with traffic flow patterns have been selected with physical distancing in mind.
- Access within the venue will be limited to certain areas only.
- Skaters will be required to arrive dressed and ready to skate with the exception of their skates which they will be able to lace up in designated areas as dressing rooms will not be provided at this time.
“We approached the reopening strategy through the lens of our guests, thinking about their full experience from the time they rent the ice to when they pull out of their parking spaces to head home,” Vince Vella, Spectra’s General Manager at Tribute Communities Centre, said. “We want our guests and our employees alike to know that every precautionary measure we’ve implemented is to ensure their health and safety while they are at the Tribute Communities Centre. We want our guests to have an enjoyable, straightforward, familiar—and above all, safe experience.”
July 23, 2020 - City of Oshawa
In response to the Province’s announcement that Durham Region municipalities will enter Stage 3 of its Framework for Reopening on July 24, the City will reopen additional outdoor amenities as well as some public buildings for limited use, using a phased approach and ensuring compliance with provincial emergency orders and Durham Region Health guidelines.
The City’s Pandemic Steering Committee continues to meet regularly on the gradual reopening of the city. City staff are conducting a thorough assessment of operational requirements. This includes facility modifications and preparing the facilities and amenities for reopening, in addition to ensuring compliance in a manner that mitigates risk and follows the medical advice of the Province and the Region.
Park Play Structures
Effective on Friday, July 24, playground and exercise equipment at City parks will reopen to the public.
Users are reminded to follow heath authority guidelines and government orders. Please remember to ensure you and your family practise physical distancing from people outside your household, avoid touching your face, wash your hands after using park equipment and adhere to posted signage.
Team sports organizations can now resume play provided participants adhere to the Province’s emergency orders, health authority guidelines and follow the guidelines of their governing sport organizations.
The City will be accepting sports fields permit applications for team play as of Friday, July 24.
As of Monday, August 10, City Hall will reopen to the public for many City services by appointment only. More information on how to book appointments will be announced shortly. For information on how to contact Members of Council directly, visit www.oshawa.ca/councilmembers.
Public health protocols will be implemented, including screening upon entry to City Hall and plexiglass barriers installed at front counters.
Community members requiring in-person service at City Hall will be reminded to:
- Enter and exit through the main entrance (located across from the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and adjacent to the Arts Resource Centre)
- Upon entering, wait to respond to screening questions and provide contact information
- Wear a mask which can be non-medical or face covering (with the exception of those who have health, respiratory and sensory issues, various disabilities; are unable to remove the mask without assistance; and children under the age of two)
- Maintain physical distancing from others and adhere to physical distancing markers
- Follow directional arrows located on the floor
- Use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building
- Sign out when exiting the building
The City is also booking civil marriage ceremonies at City Hall as of Friday, August 14. Civil marriage ceremonies take place in the Council Chamber and ceremony times are available on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. To learn more, call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 or visit www.oshawa.ca/getmarried.
We encourage community members to continue to access City services online at www.oshawa.ca/online-services.
Arenas, Indoor Pools and Fitness Centres
As of Monday, August 10, Delpark Homes Centre and South Oshawa