Recreation facilities opening up; vaccination screening still in place - and masks are still required.

By Staff

February 21st, 2022



The province cut the public some slack in opening up things in the hospitality sector – they certainly needed a boost.

Burlington sent out an update on changes taking place at the recreational facilities as well as vaccination updates

Capacity at gymnasiums that are used by community groups has been increased.

Recreation facility capacity limits will be increased for rental, program and activity spaces, while ensuring requirements for physical distancing are maintained. Existing program providers and facility renters have been notified directly.

Drop-in recreation programs will increase capacity. Participants are still encouraged to register in advance. For schedule and online registration visit For information on how to register or to setup an account, visit

Registered winter courses already in progress may open additional spots if possible, pending staffing, regulations, specific ratios, and maintaining physical distancing for example. Check for new spots.

Spectator seating areas remain at 50 per cent capacity, and change rooms and dressing room capacities remain limited. Occupancy levels are posted.

Proof of Vaccination and Screening

Proof of vaccination with an enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code is currently required for entry into City recreational facilities.

Masking and physical distancing is still required.

Those entering recreation facilities will be required to acknowledge posted screening questions at the point of entry. Pre-screening in advance of arrival is no longer required.

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture continues to emphasize that the “Health of participants and staff will always be a top priority. We’re looking forward to safely and carefully welcoming more people back into our facilities and programs. Increasing program capacities takes time so please be patient as we work through these changes.”


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3 comments to Recreation facilities opening up; vaccination screening still in place – and masks are still required.

  • perryb

    An elegant and selective rationalization of why there is no need to follow rules you don’t like.
    PS I don’t have children in schools, why should the government impose punitive taxes on me? I demand a refund for roads I don’t use, I want, I want, I want…..

    • Read it again perryb, the family we talked to did not say I want, I want, I want they simply chose to utilize the ski facilities that met their needs and will reward that facility in the future for supporting their needs when the facility in their own community did not.

  • Heard a comment the other day from an avid snow sport family we know after we asked if they were snowboarding this winter with their kids with the snowfalls we had. We were told Hockley Valley will in future be their choice rather than Glen Eden regardless of the extra drive even when the pandemic is forgotten about, as they believe Glen Eden`s policy of a vaccine certificate is discriminatory, whereas Hockley Valley does not have that certificate in effect. Their point was transmission issues in outdoor ski conditions is negligible, the health officials are saying transmission comes from vaccinated as well as unvaccinated and, therefore, no value in this policy. Another point they made was when taxpayers who for whatever reason are not vaccinated are not allowed to use their community recreation facilities (children under 5 are not vaccinated) when the experts are saying vaccinated and unvaccinated can eat in restaurants in the same community it is difficult to comprehend.

    It made us think hard about the issue and wonder how long it will be before Burlington is faced with requests for reduced taxes through the Courts given the unvaccinated have major reduced recreation city service. The legal fight for Pro Choice laws was based on we all have a right to decide what is done with our bodies. We do have to get our children vaccinated for measles etc. to go to school, but not to go on the ski slopes! Further, no-one has a clue who is or is not vaccinated on the ice rinks, skateboard parks, swing sets, roundabouts throughout Burlington and Halton where there is much more chance of transmission. Hmmm perhaps vaccination certificates for outdoor recereation services needs thinking through again, not that we have used any recreation services over the last ten years. But it just seems to us that the ability to enjoy outdoor recreation facilities has not been thought through enough.