The City of Vernon has an unwavering commitment to the health and safety of its citizens, visitors, volunteers, and staff. The City continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in British Columbia and the restrictions and guidelines put in place by health authorities, the provincial government and WorkSafeBC.
This week, additional revisions have been made to the Provincial Health Officer’s Order on Gathering and Events, which impact the Vernon Aquatic Centre.
In accordance with the updated Order, all persons (including parents and guardians) who are present with a child or youth at a program for children or youth, must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. This now includes spectators at aquatic facilities.
Due to this change in the Health Order, Recreation Services has made the difficult decision to close the viewing area due to limited staff resources to ensure all spectators have proof of vaccination. The viewing area of the Vernon Aquatic Centre will be closed to spectators as of 8:00 a.m. on November 19, 2021.
Swimming lesson considerations under the revised Order:
Facility rules require swimming lesson participants aged 3-6 years to have a parent or guardian close at hand within the facility to support their child. For these lessons only, parents or guardians will be eligible to spectate if they can provide proof of full vaccination in the form of a BC Vaccine Card, as well as a piece government issued ID (for those 19 years of age and older).
Unfortunately, if a parent or guardian of a child 3-6 years in swim lessons is not able to provide a valid BC Vaccine Card and remain in the facility, the child will not be able to continue participating in swimming lessons. Recreation Services will provide a pro-rated refund in these circumstances. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to receive a refund.
Participants of all ages in aquatic programs and services (including swimming lessons and public swim) continue to be exempt from requiring to show proof of vaccination to participate.
For more information on province-wide health restrictions, BC’s COVID-19 vaccination program and the provincial Proof of Vaccination program, please visit gov.bc.ca/covid19.
For all information on participation requirements for Recreation Services, please visit gvrec.ca. The City of Vernon and Recreation Services appreciate everyone’s understanding of these changes and will provide further updates as they become available.