County of Prince Edward in full compliance of provincial vaccination regs

GO DUKES GO! Anyone wishing to attend sporting events such as a Wellington Dukes hockey game will be required to show proof of their full vaccination. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

The County of Prince Edward announced Monday they are adhering to new provincial regulations that will require proof of their vaccination status when entering municipal arenas, town halls and recreation facilities.

The regulations require people 12 years of age or older to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access the municipality’s meeting spaces, town halls, and recreation facilities as of September 22, 2021.

Visitors will be required to show: An electronic or paper copy of their COVID-19 vaccination receipt indicating they are fully vaccinated; Matching government-issued identification with name and date of birth, such as a driver’s licence, birth certificate, citizenship card, Indian status card/Indigenous membership card, passport, permanent resident card or health card.

Children under 12 years of age are exempt under the provincial regulations. People attending a meeting or event in a municipal building or town hall will be required to show proof of their vaccination status However, visitors accessing front counter services at Shire Hall, the Edward Building, and the Picton fire station do not have to provide proof of vaccination status. Active COVID-19 screening and contact tracing will continue at those locations.

Under provincial regulations, proof of vaccination status is required for recreation facility patrons 18 years and older, including parents or guardians of youth actively participating in an organized sport. Coaches, officials, and volunteers aged 12 and older associated with indoor organized sports must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This requirement is the result of a Letter of Instruction issued by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH).

Patrons under 18 years of age 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 do not have to show proof of vaccination. This applies to training, practices, games and competitions. The exemption does not apply to youth who are spectators at sporting events; furthermore, it does not apply to youth who are using a gym or other area with exercise equipment or weights unless actively participating in an organized sport.

Under the provincial regulations, certain businesses, including restaurants and bars, meeting and event spaces, and facilities used for sports and fitness activities, such as gyms, will be required to check for proof of vaccination.