Proof of vaccination needed for Oakville facilities beginning Wednesday

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Published September 21, 2021 at 5:32 pm

The Town of Oakville's vaccination certificate program will require anyone above 12 years of age to provide proof of identification and prove of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a medical exemption, before entering local facilities. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

Oakville’s proof of vaccination program begins Wednesday at all Town facilities.

The vaccination certificate program, which follows provincial requirements, will require anyone above 12 years of age to provide proof of identification and prove of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a medical exemption, before entering local facilities.

Proof will have to be shown for any indoor use of recreation and culture facilities, including arenas, community centres, pools, senior centres, the Oakville Centre for Performing Arts, the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate and the ServiceOakville counter at Town Hall.

Access to the facilities, regardless of the reason for attending, are limited to individuals who have been fully vaccinated, with some exemptions.

Oakville Town Council approved a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy on Sept. 13 that included procedures to mandate proof of vaccination by visitors to Town facilities.

“The alternative to these measures will be yet another lockdown as the fourth wave grows,” Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said. “The vast majority of Oakville has chosen to get vaccinated to prevent another lockdown.

“The town is not going to let the unvaccinated jeopardize the health and activity opportunities of the community.”

All visitors entering a Town facility must complete a COVID-19 self-assessment and show proof of vaccination along with ID.

All health and safety guidelines and protocols must be followed indoors, including maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask.

Respectful behaviour is also expected towards all visitors, staff and volunteers in accordance with the Town’s Rzone Procedure. Rzone Procedure.

The public can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

Again, those who do not show proof of full vaccination will not be permitted to enter or participate in indoor programming at impacted facilities unless they are under 12 years of age or have a medical exemption (must show doctor’s note and ID) in the provincial public health orders.

Appointments that have already been pre-booked will also not require full proof of vaccination.

“We are 18 months into this global pandemic with a highly transmissible variant circulating in the community,” said Jane Clohecy, Chief Administrative Officer. “This public health crisis requires extraordinary measures to keep our community safe.

“Implementing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy will help protect the safety of our employees and members of our community who we serve.”

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