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Proof of vaccination is required for all patrons attending Recreation Centres, Community Centres, Arenas, and indoor programming at Pickering Museum Village.

The vaccine certificate system, came into effect on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. A vaccination receipt, along with valid identification is required for those 12 years of age and over. Exemptions are listed below.

Currently vaccination receipts can be printed or downloaded as a PDF file to smartphones. Vaccine receipts are available online through Ontario Health.


You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received:

  • two doses using Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca (including CoviShield) in any combination (the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada)
  • one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada followed, by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada
  • three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada

The final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine must have been received at least 14 days prior to providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.

Neither a recent COVID-19 infection nor a recent negative test will substitute for two shots.


Enforcement measures for the certificate system will fall under the Reopening Ontario Act.  Businesses, facilities and individuals who refuse to comply can face fines.

If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you may book your appointment now at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.

 Exemptions
Exemptions include:
  • Individuals under 18 years old who are entering the facility to participate in organized sport (sports leagues, organized pick-up sports, dance classes, martial arts, swimming classes).
  • Children under 12 years old.
  • Individuals who are entering the building to access critical services (including spa and physiotherapy at CHDRC).
  • Individuals accessing the indoor facilities to use a washroom; to make a retail purchase; while placing, paying or picking up an order; to purchase admission; or as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.
  • Individuals attending a wedding, funeral or religious rite or ceremony (note this excludes the social component associated with these services).
  • Individuals with a medical exemption.  A note from a doctor or registered nurse will be required should a medical exemption be requested. The note must include: a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the effective time-period for the medical reason.
FAQs

Why does the government say it is needed? 

The intention of the passport, the government says, is to avoid the widespread closures that marked earlier waves of COVID-19 in Ontario and allow people, as much as possible, to return to regular activities.

What if I don’t have a smartphone to download the digital certificate?

The QR code for the app could be printed out. As of September 22, individuals can show a hardcopy vaccination receipt along with a photo ID, so this can all be done without a phone.

On October 22, the province aims to launch a QR code and verification app for businesses to streamline the process.  Individuals can provide proof of immunization by downloading or printing their vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal.

What if I can’t get vaccinated?

People who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate.

Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated will also be exempted from these requirements.

For those that refuse to disclose their vaccination status, we will not permit access to settings or programs that require proof of vaccination.

Individuals can contact Customer Care if they witness a business or required setting not enforcing the proof of vaccination system, who will open Request for Service and assign to an officer.  By-law Officers will be working with the Health Department to ensure necessary protocols are being followed.

What if I forget my phone or hardcopies?

Unfortunately staff will not be able to allow you to proceed to your activity.  Individuals or businesses that don’t follow the rules could face a series of fines under Ontario’s Reopening Act. These include fines of $750 and up for people.

Do I need to provide the vaccination verification if I am watching my child or dropping them off?

Yes, you will need to provide proof of vaccination if you are watching your child or remaining in the facility. You will be permitted to drop off and not remain in the building without proof of vaccination.

Do I need to provide the vaccination status if I am dropping off something or making an inquiry?

No

How will it work for adults accompanied by children 12 and under?

Children will need to provide an ID proving their age.

What if I show up with a group of friends or a racquet sport partner and one of us doesn’t have the required QR code or vaccination confirmation?

Unfortunately staff will not be able to patrons without vaccination verification you to proceed to their activity.  Individuals or businesses that don’t follow the rules could face a series of fines under Ontario’s Reopening Act. These include fines of $750 and up for people.

What is required if I am participating in an ice sport at Don Beer Arena or the arena at CHDRC?

Under Ontario Regulations 645/21 made under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020, those under 18 years of age, and who are entering the indoor premises of a facility used for sports and recreational fitness activities solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport in accordance with the Ministry of Health are exempt.  Spectators 12+ will be required to show their vaccination verification as well as identification. 

What is required if I am participating in a Free Teen Stuff program?

All indoor program participants will be required to show their vaccination verification as well as identification. 

What is required if I am swimming, participating in a program or swimming as part of the Pickering Swim Club at Dunbarton Indoor Pool?

On September 22, visitors 12+ years will be required to show their vaccination verification and identification to participate in most City of Pickering Program or Service.  Under  Ontario Regulations 645/21 made under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020, Members of the Pickering Swim Club who are  under 18 years of age, and who are entering the indoor premises of a facility used for sports and recreational fitness activities solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport in accordance with the Ministry of Health are exempt.  Spectators 12+ will be required to show their vaccination verification as well as identification. 

What is required if I am participating in a Free Teen Stuff sports program?

Under  Ontario Regulations 645/21 made under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020, those under 18 years of age, and who are entering the indoor premises of a facility used for sports and recreational fitness activities solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport in accordance with the Ministry of Health are exempt.  Spectators 12+ will be required to show their vaccination

What sort of identification is required to confirm my identity?

Proof of identity can be established using documentation issued by an institution of public body, provided it includes the name of the holder and date of birth.  Examples includes:

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship card
  • Driver’s license
  • Government (Ontario or other issued identification card, including health card
  • Indian Status Card / Indigenous Membership Card
  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card

Recreation Programs

  • The City has returned to indoor programming for fall.
  • Some Virtual Recreation Programs are still available.
  • Free Teen Programs also has returned to facilities. See schedule.
  • New mobile skate park is on the road and visiting select locations for drop in skate fun. See schedule.
  • Program registration is available online.
  • Vaccine Certificate System will be implemented upon facility entry.

Search and register for programs online, pickering.ca/active


Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex

The Rec is open for members fitness classes, health club visits, racquet sports, and more. All visits must be booked in advance and Vaccine Certificate System will be implemented upon facility entry.  See complete details.


Events

Visit pickering.ca/greatevents for a full list of impacted events, some of which may take place virtually. Follow Pickering Events on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest!