Enhanced vaccine certificate - What this means for City of Burlington facilities

By Staff

September 17th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Province of Ontario’s enhanced vaccine certificate to stop the spread of COVID-19 launches on Sept. 22:

What this means for City of Burlington facilities

The Province of Ontario will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting Sept. 22, 2021.

Requiring proof of vaccination in these settings reduces risk and is an important step to encourage Ontarians 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.

Impacts to City-operated facilities
In keeping with the provincial regulations and guidance, effective Sept. 22, 2021, individuals entering indoor facilities used for the following purposes (unless otherwise exempt, see “exemptions” below):
Sports
• Recreational fitness activities
• Meetings
• Events
will be required to be fully vaccinated (as defined in the provincial guidance) and provide proof of vaccination, along with identification.

Individuals may use a paper or downloaded vaccine receipt as proof of vaccination until such time that the Province introduces an enhanced digital vaccine receipt that features a QR code.

When visiting an indoor facility used for sports, recreational fitness activities, meetings, and events, pleasebe prepared to show proof of identification, proof of vaccination, and a completed COVID-19 screening, at point of entry. Please plan ahead to allow additional time for entry to the facility and programs.

City-operated facilities not impacted
City-operated services and facilities not impacted by the provincial regulations include:
• City Hall at 426 Brant St.
• outdoor sports fields
• diamonds, parks and playgrounds
• Burlington Transit
• Halton Court Services

A COVID-19 screening, physical distancing, face masks and capacity limits remain in place at all City facilities regardless of the proof of vaccination requirement.

Exemptions
Under the provincial regulations, providing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 does not apply to:

• Workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons. This includes sport coaches and officials.

• A patron entering an indoor area solely (15-minute limit):
o to use a washroom
o to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route
o to make a retail purchase
o to pay for an order or purchase admission
o as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

• Children under 12 years of age.

• Patrons under 18 years of age who are entering an indoor facility for the purpose of participating in an organized sport, including training, practices, games and competitions.

• Patrons who provide a written document completed and supplied by 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. Patrons with a medical exemption are required to present identification and a written document stating the individual is exempt for a medical reason.

Individuals who have registered for a program and wish to withdraw
Individuals who anticipate the proof of vaccination requirement will impact their ability to participate in City-run activities they have registered for, can contact Customer Service at liveandplay@burlington.ca or 905-335-7738 (Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) to withdraw for a credit or refund.

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3 comments to Enhanced vaccine certificate – What this means for City of Burlington facilities

  • “Meetings”,”Events”

    Does this mean unvacated people CAN NOT participate in city meetings?

    Because they CAN got to the grocery store – that being deemed essential. It’s not like we won’t be around unvaccinated people – everyone will be. How is participating in democratic institutions not “essential”?

  • Penny Hersh

    “Exemptions

    Under the provincial regulations, providing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 does not apply to:

    Workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons. This includes sport coaches and officials.”

    How safe are residents when they have to be fully vaccinated ( which I totally agree with) to participate in city run programs when the people they come in contact with are exempt ?

    How does having a Holiday Market on city public spaces permissible when under the “City Operated Facilities not impacted” city owned public spaces is not mentioned as being exempt.

    How could any event organizer guarantee that all covid 19 protocols are being followed? If there is a central entry point that only allows a certain number of people entry, what happens to those waiting in line to get in?

    I question if this proposed Holiday Market should be going ahead. It seems that some members of council are rushing to get this approved. Why????

    • Bob

      “How does having a Holiday Market on city public spaces permissible when under the “City Operated Facilities not impacted” city owned public spaces is not mentioned as being exempt.”

      Your answer was right there in the story if you’d have paid attention Penny

      “Impacts to City-operated facilities
      In keeping with the provincial regulations and guidance, effective Sept. 22, 2021, individuals entering indoor facilities used for the following purposes (unless otherwise exempt, see “exemptions” below):
      • Sports
      • Recreational fitness activities
      • Meetings
      • Events
      will be required to be fully vaccinated (as defined in the provincial guidance) and provide proof of vaccination, along with identification.”

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