COVID Restrictions Relaxed

The Province of Ontario has announced further relaxation of Covid restrictions.

Your Board of Directors have discussed these changes and have agreed to follow the above noted Provincial Government directions regarding Covid 19 as per our past practice. This means that effective March 1st at 12:01am:

  • Both vaccinated and unvaccinated members and day members will be accessing the WBC.
  • Fobs will be restored for all members to permit access.
  • Masking will still be necessary and enforced for all members in the lounge area and locker rooms.
  • Self screening will continue to be necessary for all members prior to entering the club.

As noted by Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health; we are not out of this pandemic yet and it is the personal responsibility of every one of us to follow the necessary measures in place to prevent infection and to decide what level of risk we are prepared to accept in our daily interactions.

It is my hope that we can all embrace these changes with consideration for everyone’s safety and viewpoints and slowly return to the vibrant and welcoming members club that we are all so proud to belong to.

Thank you for your consideration and support throughout these challenging times.

January 31 Reopening

The Woodstock Badminton Club will be fully reopened to members effective Monday January 31 at 12:01am.  Fobs will be restored to allow access to the club.

In keeping with our previous determination regarding the interpretation of these restrictions; in particular the limitation of access to 50 percent capacity; we confirm that these restrictions return us to full operational court status and modified lounge access in order to maintain compliance. The only events that would challenge these new restrictions would be a very large rental event or a tournament…both of which are not within our current plans.

So in conclusion, it is business as usual!  You do not have to use the Reservation Tool to book an online use of the courts.  Nor do you need to reduce the number of players on the courts and all four courts are in play.  The regular schedule of both Badminton and Pickleball continues to apply and non-members (day members) and our Southgate visitors are welcome.  We continue to provide our facility for rental to members and outsiders.

You do need to:

  1. continue to mask and ensure social distancing in the lounge.
  2. sign in each visit for tracing.
  3. ensure that you are double vaccinated to enter the club. 
  4. Continue to self screen prior to entry and please do not enter the club if you are symptomatic.

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation in these efforts to keep our members safe and our club compliant with these new Provincial Regulations.

Message from the President

Dear WBC Members:

As you may have heard today, the Province of Ontario is now implementing additional Covid restrictions in response to the increasing spread of the Omicron variant. The new measures will kick in on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect for at least 21 days, until Jan. 26/22 and includes the Woodstock Badminton Club as a facility that provides Sport activities.  Specific details from the Ontario Province are as follows:

  • Indoor dining at restaurants and bars closed.
  • Only outdoor dining, takeout, drive through and delivery permitted.
  • Social gathering limits reduced to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Retail stores, malls, public libraries and personal care services limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Saunas, steam rooms and oxygen bars closed.
  • Capacity at weddings, funerals and religious services limited to 50 per cent capacity per room.
  • Outdoor services must have two-metre distancing between all attendees.
  • Employees must work remotely unless their work requires them to be on site.
  • Gyms and other indoor recreational sport facilities closed, except athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and certain professional and elite sports leagues.
  • Outdoor facilities are permitted but with a 50 per cent capacity limit on spectators.
  • Museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, historic sites, amusement parks, festivals and other attractions closed.
  • Outdoor establishments allowed with restrictions and capacity limits.
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces closed with limited exceptions, except those with outdoor spaces, which can operate with restrictions.

Your WBC Board of Directors have met to discuss these new measures and wish to report to our members that the Woodstock Badminton Club will be closed to all uses and members effective Wednesday January 5 at 12:01am.  Signage to this effect will be posted on all entrances and Fobs will be disengaged to prevent any unauthorized access to the club.  There will be no rentals allowed or use by other community agencies during this period.

We note that this is not the way we hoped this New Year would begin and trust that this is not for a long period of closure as experienced last year.  We will continue to monitor this situation daily and will keep all members apprised of any changes to these measures or when we can reopen.

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation in these efforts to keep our members safe and our club compliant with these new Provincial Regulations.

Until we meet again on the courts, we wish you a New Year of hope, health, and happiness.

Terry Dunnigan ~ President WBC

Proof of Vaccination

As you may have heard, the Province of Ontario is now implementing aa proof of vaccination in order to access certain facilities and services.  This goes into effect on September 22, 2021 and includes the Woodstock Badminton Club as a facility that will require proof of double vaccination in order to access.  Specific details from the Ontario Province are as follows:

“To further protect Ontarians as the province continues to confront the Delta-driven fourth wave of the COVID-19, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021. Requiring proof of vaccination in these settings reduces risk and is an important step to encourage every last eligible Ontarian to get their shot, which is critical to protecting the province’s hospital capacity, while also supporting businesses with the tools they need to keep customers safe, stay open and minimize disruptions.

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with government identification to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities.

Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated will also be exempted from these requirements.

Ontarians currently have access to a paper or PDF vaccine receipt that includes all relevant information to prove that they are fully vaccinated. As of September 22, Ontarians will be required to show their vaccine receipt when entering designated settings along with another piece of photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or health card. This is similar initial implementation approach announced in British Columbia.  Attached is a link to the website below:

Ontario COVID-19 vaccination service (

In advance of the September 22nd deadline, we are asking for all members to forward a scanned copy or picture of their 2nd Vaccination Paper Receipt or an electronic (pdf) copy of their Ontario Health Vaccination Record to Carol Bossenberry at .  This needs to be in our hands by September 21st to have a completed checklist of vaccinated members to facilitate entry. All entry fobs will be deactivated for any members who have not provided this information by this due date, and they will only be provided access and reactivation of their Fob once acceptable proof of vaccination is provided to the WBC Board or our designated Opener (Mark Thompson).

To get and download a pdf copy of your medical vaccine:

  • Got to
  • Click on “I have read and understand terms
  • Click Continue
  • Fill in form and click continue
  • Select vaccine receipt
  • Select 2nd dose receipt for download (We only need proof of 2nd vaccine shot).

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation in these efforts to keep our members safe and our club compliant with these new Provincial Regulations.