Toronto pushes pause on some recreation classes due to vax non-compliance

Affected programs might include fitness classes, swim lessons, sports, dance, art and general interest

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The City of Toronto is being forced to temporarily halt some recreation classes this week due to staffing impacts resulting from the rollout of its COVID-19 vaccination policy.

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A news release issued by the city said managers and supervisors in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation division are holding meetings with part-time recreation workers who are not yet compliant with the city’s vaccination policy, which required all employees to have received a full course of vaccine by Oct. 30.

Following these meetings, if staff hasn’t provided proof of full vaccination, they will be suspended for up to six weeks or until proof of vaccination is provided, the news release said, adding the majority of Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s part-time recreation workers are vaccinated.

“Mitigation efforts to avoid program cancellations are underway and include the reallocation of staff to registered instructional programs, the use of overtime and the placement of newly-hired staff where possible,” the city said.

“It is important to note that the cancellation of a class does not indicate that the class’s instructor has not been vaccinated, as staff are being reallocated to different locations and programs in an effort to minimize these service impacts.

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The city said affected programs might include fitness classes, swim lessons, sports, dance, art and general interest.

Critical and priority services won’t be impacted as a result of the COVID-19 policy, the city said.

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