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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Starting September 22, you need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access select indoor services and programs taking place at community centres, arenas, pools and entertainment/cultural venues.

This is required by the Government of Ontario's proof of vaccination regulations. Some exceptions are permitted under these regulations.

The City is implementing these procedures in accordance with provincial regulation. Please be patient and respectful with City staff as they begin implementing these new provincial protocols and plan to arrive early for your activity to ensure there is adequate time to complete the necessary checks.

Proof of vaccine requirements

The following will be required at point of entry:

  • Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 vaccination certificate or other Government issued vaccination record.
  • Acceptable identification which includes name & birthdate – photo ID is not required. Examples include birth certificate, citizenship card, driver's license or other government issued ID.

As per provincial regulations, anyone who refuses to share the required information will not be permitted to enter the City recreation/culture centres. Limited exceptions apply.

*People are considered fully vaccinated after receiving the full series of a COVID 19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by World Health Organization (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series) and it has been at least 14 days since the person received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Who needs to show proof of vaccination at City recreation/culture centres:

  • Patrons 18 and older
  • Youth spectators 12-17 (not participating)
  • Participants using weight rooms or exercise equipment (all ages)
  • Any youth 12-17 not actively participating in an organized sport

Who does not need to show proof of vaccination at City recreation/culture centres:

Under the Provincial Government regulations, the following individuals are exempt from showing proof of vaccination at City community centres, arenas and aquatics facilities:

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Youth (12 to 17 years of age) who are going into a recreational facility only if they are entering for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport (Governing bodies of sport leagues may have more restrictive participation requirements).
  • Patrons entering an indoor area solely for the following purposes:
    • to use a washroom;
    • to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route;
    • to make a retail purchase;
    • while placing or picking up an order;
    • while paying for an order;
    • to purchase admission; or
    • as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.
    • Patrons who provide written document completed and supplied by a physician or registered nurse stating that the individual is exempt for a medical reason from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the effective time-period for the medical reason.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need proof of vaccination to visit a community centre, culture facility or library?

It depends on the purpose of your visit. To use fitness equipment or meeting room facilities proof of vaccination will be required, unless the individual has a valid exemption. To visit a library, proof of vaccination is not required.​

Do I have to show proof of vaccination every time I visit the facility?

Yes, businesses are not permitted to retain this information.

What do I need to have as proof of a medical exemption?

As per Provincial regulation, customers requesting a medical exemption must provide a written document, completed and supplied by a physician (designated as “MD”) or by a registered nurse in the extended class (designated as “Registered Nurse (Extended Class)”, “RN(EC)”, “Nurse Practitioner” or “NP”) stating that the individual is exempt for a medical reason from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the effective time-period for the medical reason. The medical note must include name of individual, name & contact info for physician/RN(EC), logo or letterhead identifying the physician/RN(EC), statement for medical reason to support the exemption, and effective time-period.

Do I still need to actively screen and provide my contact tracing when visiting the facility?

Yes, all previous COVID-19 protocols remain in place at this time.

If my child has an exemption, do parents and spectators need to provide proof of vaccination?

Yes.

If I’m a coach/official for sports activities, is proof of vaccination required?
Effective November 25, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will require all coaches, officials, and volunteers associated with organized sports activities to show proof of vaccination prior to entry at all City-run recreation facilities.​​
I have a teenager between the ages of 12 and 17, what activities require proof of vaccination?

Youth under 18 actively participating in organized sport do not require proof of vaccination. (Governing bodies of sport leagues may have more restrictive participation requirements. Please check with your child’s league for latest requirements). Youth 12-17 will be required to provide proof of vaccination if they are not actively participating in an organized sport, including spectating of sports and use of weights or exercise equipment.

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