BC Vaccine Passport now required to participate in some activities

UPDATE September 16, 2021: this news item has been updated to reflect the change of age 22 to age 12 for "Gym use, exercise activities" as identified in the table below.

(North Cowichan, BC) – British Columbia’s new vaccine passport is now in place, with a requirement to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to participate in certain discretionary activities.

People 12 and over are required to show their BC Vaccine Card, along with government ID (for those 19 and older), for indoor ticketed sporting and arts events, restaurants with table service, pubs, theatres, gyms, and indoor organized events with 50 or more people such as weddings and conferences. Proof of vaccination will not be required to attend municipal (and other government) business, including in-person meetings such as Council meetings and public hearings.

While some details and logistics are still being worked out by governments and businesses across the province, North Cowichan now has some procedures in place in order to comply with this mandate.

Patrons and visitors to North Cowichan’s indoor recreation facilities can expect to be asked to show their BC Vaccine Card, along with government ID, for certain activities as outlined in the table below. Everyone aged 12 and over attending an indoor public facility is required to wear a mask and follow regular COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing and hand hygiene.

Location

Activity or program

BC Vaccine Card

Comments

Municipal Hall

Front counter service

No requirement

 

Council or committee meeting, or public hearings

No requirement

Note that North Cowichan is currently holding these types of meetings virtually and there are no in-person events scheduled

Meetings between staff and public

No requirement

Meetings could involve discussions around development applications, business licensing, or other municipal business. Virtual meetings will be utilized where possible.

Works Yard

Front counter service

Not applicable

The works yard is currently not open for public access

Cowichan Aquatic Centre

Gym use, exercise activities.

Public, age 12 and over

 

Adult sport

Public, age 22 and over  

 

Spectators for events (adults, parents of children/youth)

Public, age 12 and over

 

Events over 50 persons

Public, age 12 and over

 

Swimming (except swim events)

Not applicable

 

Fuller Lake Arena

Spectators for events (adults, parents of children/youth)

Public, age 12 and over

 

Adult sport

Public, age 22 and over

 

Events over 50 persons

Public, age 12 and over

 

Public skating

Not required

 

 

A BC Vaccine Card is not required for activities such as services to those in need, rehab or exercise therapy programs, before and after school programs, teachers or instructors providing educational activities, or language and employment training, even if these activities take place at a recreation facility. The BC Vaccine Card is not required for any outdoor events.

The BC Vaccine Card is a new requirement for all residents of BC, along with businesses and service providers, and we expect some confusion in the early days of the program as people learn and understand the requirements and processes this new mandate will present. Visitors to indoor public facilities are thanked for their patience and understanding as we all work through the details.

The BC Vaccine Card is available to BC residents aged 12 and over who has had one or more COVID-19 vaccine doses. You can get your BC Vaccine Card through a secure website at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html#card 

Since the start of the pandemic, the Municipality of North Cowichan has moved a number of services online. These services include Building Permit applications (Building@northcowichan.ca or call 250-746-3104); Subdivision applications (Engineering@northcowichan.ca or call 250-746-3103); and Development applications (Planning@northcowichan.ca or call 250-746-3104).

For more information on North Cowichan’s ongoing response to COVID-19 visit our webpage: www.northcowichan.ca/COVID19 or follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/northcowichan 

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George Farkas
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E george.farkas@NorthCowichan.ca