Starting Monday, September 13, the City of Burnaby will join organizations and businesses across BC in requiring proof of vaccination—the BC Vaccine Card—for certain discretionary activities as outlined by the provincial government.
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. Implementing BC Vaccine Card procedures is required in order to comply with legislation.
Activities where visitors will be required to show their BC Vaccine Card prior to entry at a City facility include:
- 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 vaccine will not be required at the following:
- 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 BC Vaccine Card is also not required when visiting Burnaby Public Library branches, where staff are available to assist Burnaby residents who need help applying for the vaccine card.
The BC Government introduced the BC Vaccine Card to boost vaccinations and promote a feeling of confidence and safety when participating in certain indoor activities. Activities requiring proof of vaccination include indoor ticketed sporting events, concerts and theatre, as well as licensed restaurants, pubs, bars, casinos, movie theatres, fitness centres and gyms.
The BC Vaccine Card includes a secure, individualized QR code and an image showing whether a person is "vaccinated" or "partially vaccinated." People can get their BC Vaccine Card online at gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.
As of September 13, before participating in specific activities as outlined by the provincial government, visitors must present their BC Vaccine Card showing they have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Visitors must also present government-issued photo identification. Government ID is not required for people 12 to 18 years. By October 24, 2021, they must have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to participate in the designated activities.
In keeping with provincial guidelines, masks continue to be required in all indoor City facilities when not engaged in physical activity.