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Vaccine Requirements

Vaccine Requirements

The Province of Ontario has introduced regulations that require proof of vaccination before entering some indoor settings. In keeping with those regulations, the City of Woodstock will require people 12 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain City recreation programs, services and facilities.

To enter the City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation facilities, including Reeves Community Complex, Civic Centre Arena, Southside Aquatic Centre, Lions Pool, Cowan Park Sportsplex with limited exemptions:

  • The patron must provide proof of being fully vaccinated and proof of identification at the point of entry. Beginning Tuesday, January 4, 2022 Enhanced Vaccine Certificates using QR codes will be the only certificate that is acceptable as vaccine proof, and City of Woodstock staff will be scanning the QR codes.
  • Proof of identification must be originals and not photocopies for adults. Youth 17 years of age and younger may show a photocopy of their identification.
  • Screening and entry staff must review and confirm the proof.
  • Other public health and workplace safety measures will still apply, including masking and active COVID-19 screening. Individuals must be prepared to be screened by the front desk staff every time they enter the facility
  • Please inform participants to arrive early as screening patrons does take additional time. Please expect lines.

If a patron makes the decision to not disclose their vaccination status, they will not be permitted to enter the City of Woodstock recreation facilities.

The vaccine certificates can be printed or downloaded from the Provincial government website

Those who need support obtaining a copy of their enhanced vaccine passport (QR Code), including those who do not have access to a computer, internet or printer, can visit their local library during business hours, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, or ask for assistance from our front desk attendants at our recreation facilities. Staff can provide this service at the following locations and times:

  • Woodstock Public Library - During regular business hours
  • Southside Aquatic Centre – During regular business hours
  • Cowan Park Sportsplex – Monday to Friday from 8:45am until 4:15pm
  • Reeves Community Centre – Monday to Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm

Frequently Asked Questions 

 How do I obtain my proof of vaccine?

The enhanced vaccine certificate can be printed or downloaded from the Provincial government website

Those who need support obtaining a copy of their enhanced vaccine passport (QR Code), including those who do not have access to a computer, internet or printer, can visit their local library during business hours, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, or ask for assistance from our front desk attendants at our recreation facilities. Staff can provide this service at the following locations and times:

  • Woodstock Public Library - During regular business hours
  • Southside Aquatic Centre – During regular business hours
  • Cowan Park Sportsplex – Monday to Friday from 8:45am until 4:15pm
  • Reeves Community Centre – Monday to Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm

Ontarians who received their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine out of province should contact their local public health unit to record their information and receive proper documentation.

 Who is exempt from showing proof of vaccine?
The following individuals are exempt from showing proof of vaccination at City community centres, arenas and aquatics facilities:
  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Patrons who provide written document completed and supplied by a physician or registered nurse stating that the individual is exempt for a medical reason from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the effective time-period for the medical reason. 
  • Patrons who provide documentation that confirms they are currently participating in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial authorized by Health Canada.
  • Effective Monday, January 10, 2022, proof of medical exemptions and clinical trials will only be accepted via the enhanced vaccine certificate with a scannable QR code.
Can I show my proof of vaccination certificate on my phone or do I need to print out the receipt?

Yes, the digital proof of vaccination receipt will be acceptable, as long as the name and date of birth on the supporting piece of ID matches that on the receipt. 

Anyone can print or download their enhanced vaccine certificate which includes all the relevant information they need to prove that they are fully vaccinated. The certificate can be printed or downloaded from the Provincial government website

Please note, whether you are using your phone or printing the passport, beginning Tuesday, January 4 the vaccine certificate must contain the QR code to be scanned.

Is there a Vaccine app?
You can now download an enhanced vaccine certificate which includes a QR code. This allows for city staff to quickly scan the QR code using the Verify Ontario App which identifies if you are verified to enter the premises. Government issued ID must still be presented, including name and birthdate.
What if I don't have a computer or cell phone?

Those who need support obtaining a copy of their enhanced vaccine passport (QR Code), including those who do not have access to a computer, internet or printer, can visit their local library during business hours, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, or ask for assistance from our front desk attendants at our recreation facilities. Staff can provide this service at the following locations and times:

  • Woodstock Public Library - During regular business hours
  • Southside Aquatic Centre – During regular business hours
  • Cowan Park Sportsplex – Monday to Friday from 8:45am until 4:15pm
  • Reeves Community Centre – Monday to Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm
What other COVID precautions are in place?
All Southwest public health guidelines and Provincial regulations, including mask requirements, adhering to capacity limits and physical distancing, will apply at all times when accessing City programs, services and facilities.
Do I need to show proof of vaccine if I am watching my child's recreation program and not participating myself?
 Yes, spectators at all recreation facilities will be required to show proof of vaccination.
Are there other indoor facilities where I may need to show Proof of vaccine?
As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:
  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

For more information on this Ontario requirement, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000779/ontario-to-require-proof-of-vaccination-in-select-settings 

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