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Burnaby updates where vaccine card will be needed at city facilities

Vaccine cards will now not need to be shown at swimming pools and other activities
Bonsor Recreation Complex in Burnaby.

The City of Burnaby has amended its list of where B.C. vaccine cards will need to be presented for access at facilities. 

On Sept. 8, the city said proof of vaccination would be required for entry at the following locations: 

  • Recreation centres (including ice arenas) 
  • Cultural facilities (including Shadbolt Centre for the Arts) 
  • Restaurants (Riverway Golf Course, Burnaby Mountain Golf Course) 

But in a Sept. 14 update, a more detailed list was revealed, with the B.C. vaccine card now being required for the following: 

  • Events with more than 50 people (12 years and older) 
  • Arenas when being used for adult sport (22 years and older) 
  • Adult (22 years and older) sports, exercise (including weight rooms), fitness or dance activities
  • Dining at restaurants with table service (12 years and older) (Riverway Golf Course, Burnaby Mountain Golf Course) 

Proof of vaccination will not be required at: 

  • Swimming pools (Edmonds Community Centre, Bonsor Recreation Complex, Cameron Recreation Complex, Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool, CG Brown Memorial Pool)
  • Arenas when not being used for an event or adult sport (22 years and older) (Bill Copeland Sports Centre, Kensington Complex)
  • Child and youth sport and recreational programs for those under the age of 22 years
  • For parents, attendants and support people acting in a service capacity

The city says there has been no change to not needing vaccination for Burnaby Public Library branches, where staff are available to help Burnaby residents who need help applying for the vaccine card. 

"As we have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the city continues to follow the guidance and direction of the Provincial Health Officer and Fraser Health," a news release from the City of Burnaby says. 

"Implementing BC Vaccine Card procedures is required in order to comply with legislation." 

By Sept. 13, one dose of COVID-19 vaccine was needed to enter discretionary activities including: 

  • Indoor ticketed sporting events
  • Indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events
  • Licensed restaurants that offer table service (indoor and patio dining) 
  • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining) 
  • Nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
  • Gyms, exercise facilities/studios and recreation facilities
  • Businesses offering indoor group exercise 
  • Indoor adult group and team sports for those 19 years of age and older
  • Indoor organized events with 50 people or more such as wedding receptions, organized parties, conferences and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities like pottery, art and choir
  • Post-secondary on-campus student housing

By Oct. 24, two doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be mandatory to access the above services. The requirement is in place until Jan. 31, 2022, with the possibility of being extended.