Proof of Vaccination Requirements

As of October 24, 2021, patrons 12 years and older participating in some recreation programs are required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated with two doses, by Order of the Provincial Health Officer.

The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and is required to access some events, services and businesses in BC.

  • Patrons 19 and older must also provide government issued photo ID.
  • Youth aged 12 to 18 can carry their BC Vaccine card, or have a trusted adult carry it for them.
  • Youth are not required to show valid government photo ID.

Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to allow us time to process your admission. We respectfully ask that you be understanding and patient with staff at this time.

What services and programs require proof of vaccination?

According to the Government of British Columbia website, proof of vaccination is required for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+) who wish to participate in the following recreation activities, programs, and events:

  • Indoor ticketed sporting events with more than 50 people
  • Indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events with more than 50 people
  • Gyms, exercise and dance facilities or studios
    • Includes any physically active programs or services happening in recreation facilities
    • Youth ages 12 & over attending the wellness Centre are required to show proof of vaccine status
  • Businesses offering indoor exercise/fitness
  • Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older
  • Indoor organized events with more than 50 people
    • For example, wedding and funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home), organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities with more than 50 people
    • For example, pottery studios, art classes or choir rehearsals
  • Spectators at indoor events with more than 50 people

Which activities do NOT require proof of vaccination inside city facilities?

Information Subject to Change

  • Children and youth recreation and sport activities for persons under 22 years old (does not apply to weight room, gym and fitness programs open to all ages)
  • Any non-physical activity:
    • registered or drop-in for adults, such as pottery
    • all Adapted programs that are non-physical in nature, like Art Cards
  • Parents/caregivers attending a program to support their children.
  • Parents/caregivers dropping off and picking up their children.
  • Support Workers attending a program to support a person with disabilities
  • Indoor organized events with less than 50 people, except for adult physical activity and sports (i.e. workshops, conferences, meetings, art classes, card games, etc.)
  • Bathroom and shower use
  • Coaches, referees and volunteers associated with a specific role supporting “children’s and youth sport and recreation programs (under 22 years old)”
  • Staff, volunteers, contractors, contract program instructors, partner agency staff
  • Emergency Use (ESS, Cooling Centres, Warming Centres)
  • For children in Before & After School Care programs
  • Outdoor programs
  • Council meetings at City Hall
  • Visiting reception counters at City Hall, Courtenay Fire Hall, Public Works, and Recreation Centres

Points to Remember

  • Please stay home if you’re sick
  • Don’t forget your mask. Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+), except when participating in physical activity.
  • Arrive a few minutes early to allow us time to process your admission
  • Wash or sanitize your hands as you enter the facility

Parents Dropping off Children

Parents dropping off their children or staying on site to watch their children participate in registered activities are not required to provide proof of vaccination.

Spectators at Events

Spectators 12 and over are required to provide proof of vaccination at events with more than 50 people taking place at recreation centres.

Need to Withdraw From Your Program or Activity?

If you choose to withdraw from your program or activity due to your vaccination status, there will be no administration fees or penalties. If you withdraw after a program has started, you will receive a credit or refund for the remaining classes in the session. Requests to cancel or suspend memberships will also be granted. For further assistance, please contact us: 250-338-5371 or 250-338-1000

Masks are Mandatory

All members of the public aged 12 and over are required to wear a mask in all public facilities including recreation centres, with the following exemptions: 

  • People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
  • People who cannot remove a mask on their own
  • Children under the age of 12
  • People who need to remove their masks to communicate due to another person's hearing impairment

Masks may only be removed while engaged in physical activity in a program or in the Wellness Centre.

A face shield is not a substitute for a mask as it has an opening below the mouth. Patrons will no longer be required to answer COVID-19 health screening questions upon entering our facilities but are asked to do a self-assessment prior to visiting and continue to stay home if sick.

Thank you for your patience as we implement these new procedures.

Questions about the Provincial Health Order should be directed to the Vancouver Island Health Authority or the Office of the Provincial Health Officer.

For complete details and provincial restrictions and ongoing updates visit gov.bc.ca/covid19