City no longer requires vaccination proof at recreation, cultural facilities

Special to WC Online

OTTAWA – Following the Province of Ontario’s next phase of its reopening plan, the city has dropped the proof of vaccination requirements for the public currently in place for its recreation and cultural facilities, as of Tuesday (March 1).

Mandatory masking requirements remain, in accordance with the provincial public health measures.

“While the city has lifted this proof of vaccination requirement, organizations who rent our facilities have the option to maintain this measure,” city staff released in a statement Monday (Feb. 28). “Please check directly with the organizations – which include community and sports associations as well as organizing bodies.”

The provincial easing of public health measures also allows the city to lift the remaining capacity limits for theatres, performances, spectator areas for sporting events and rentals for social dancing. The return to full capacities is dependent on the availability of staff resources at each site.

The current reservation system for drop-in activities will remain in place and walk-ins will also be accepted as space allows. By making a reservation, customers have the opportunity to secure a spot at their preferred times.

The city recommends residents continue to:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Staying home when you are not well or experiencing symptoms
  • Getting vaccinated, including boosters, at any Ottawa Public Health clinic or pharmacy. Visit the Ontario vaccine booking site and Ottawa Public Health webpages.

“The city’s long-term care homes will continue to follow direction from the Ministry of Long-Term Care on screening requirements for entry into long-term care homes,” staff said. “Proof of vaccination is currently required for staff, caregivers, students, volunteers, support workers and visitors entering long-term care homes.”

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