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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 regul​ations and regulations from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Please be patient and respectful with City staff as they implement these 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. Effective January 4, 2022, individuals must show proof of vaccination that includes a QR code (either supplied digitally or by printing a paper copy). Individuals can download their certificate with QR code from the Province of Ontario’s website.​ 
  • Acceptable original piece of identification which includes name & birthdate – photo ID is not required. Examples include birth certificate, citizenship card, driver's license or other government-issued ID.​
  • The City of Barrie also requires a completed COVID-19 Screening Form​

​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:

  • Effective January 4, 2022, all visitors 12 years and 12 weeks of age or older must show the enhanced proof of vaccine certificate containing the QR code along with acceptable original identification to access indoor services and programs taking place at community centres, arenas, and pools ​

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
  • 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.​ *Effective January 10, 2022, ​visitors with medical exemptions must show the enhnaced exemption certificate containing w​ht QR code.

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.











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