Revisions to provincial health orders mean only vaccinated adults can join or watch their kids swim at the pool.
In accordance with the updated order, parents and guardians with a child or youth at a program must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. This now includes spectators at aquatic facilities therefore Recreation Services is closing the viewing area due to limited staff resources to ensure all spectators have proof of vaccination, effective 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19.
“The City of Vernon has an unwavering commitment to the health and safety of its citizens, visitors, volunteers, and staff,” a release said.
This week, additional revisions were made to the Provincial Health Officer’s order on gathering and events, which impact the Vernon Aquatic Centre.
For swimming lessons for ages 3-6, which must have an adult close at hand, parents or guardians will be eligible to spectate if they can provide proof of full vaccination with 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,” the city release reads.
Recreation Services will provide a pro-rated refund in these circumstances.
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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.