Proof of vaccine needed at most Brampton facilities beginning Wednesday

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Published September 20, 2021 at 11:28 am

Beginning Wednesday, Brampton residents will have to show proof of vaccination to enter many city facilities.

The vaccine mandate was announced by the provincial government a couple of weeks ago in a effort to bring about a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the most common city facilities that vaccination proof will be necessary is City of Brampton recreation centres.

In order to enter one, two things will be needed:

  • Proof of immunization vaccine receipt which can be obtained from the provincial booking portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900, and
  • One piece of personal ID

The province has promised a digital vaccine receipt that can be kept on your phone in October. This would eliminate the need for the vaccine receipt and ID.

The city is advising visitors to arrive a little earlier than normal when visiting recreation centres so there is adequate time to complete all necessary checks.

Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note clearly indicating a COVID-19 vaccination exemption. This will be recognized until medical exemptions can be integrated as part of the province’s digital vaccine certificate.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted as an alternative to proof of full vaccination.

In addition to recreation centres, vaccine certificates will be required in indoor areas such as:

  • Facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and personal physical fitness trainers
  • Facilities where spectators watch events
  • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments
  • Both the indoor and outdoor areas food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs, resto-clubs and other similar establishments

Proof of vaccination will not be required in:

  • Libraries, court houses or those accessing essential city services like paying tax bills or obtaining building permits
  • Children under the age of 18 participating in an organized sport, however spectators including parents and guardians must show proof of vaccination to enter
  • Rental spaces used for day camps, child care and social services
  • Wedding ceremonies, religious services/rites and funerals (ceremony only)
  • Gatherings at private residences
  • Outdoor events

For more information about the regulations, visit the city website.

 

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