On the verge of vaccine passports being introduced across B.C. to combat the COVID-19 pandemic the City of Kamloops is outlining what public facilities will be affected by the new rule.
After Sept. 13, proof of vaccine (one dose) will be required and vaccine cards shown before accessing a number of events or settings, including indoor or outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs, bars and lounges, night clubs, casinos, movie theatres, fitness centres, gyms, indoor adult sports and organized indoor events with 50 or more people. After Oct. 24, proof of two doses will be required.
City facilities, events and programs that will require people to show their provincial vaccine card and government-issued identification include the Tournament Capital Centre, Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre (fitness centre only), all city arenas and every community hall. Those arenas include Brocklehurst Arena, McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, Sandman Centre, and Valleyview Arena while community centres include the Hal Rogers Activity Centre, Heritage House, Valleyview Community Hall, West Highlands Community Centre and the Yacht Club.
Proof of vaccination, however, will not be required at City Hall (7 Victoria Street West), the Civic Operations centre (955 Concordia Way), the Human Resources/Development and Engineering builidng (105 Seymour Street), the Kamloops Museum & Archives (207 Seymour Street), Community Services Centre (1303 Mission Flats Road), all fire stations and every RCMP detachment.
Proof of vaccination will also not be required for conducting city business such as attending a meeting, paying a bill or while applying for a permit. Adults supporting children and youth during recreation and sport programs (parents, coaches, volunteers) will not be required to show a vaccine card, and one won’t be required for sport and recreation programs for children and youth aged 18 and under or for aquatic programs and public swimming.
Masks are still mandatory in all city facilities, and residents are asked to not enter any public building if they are feeling ill.
“This is a new way of doing business for everyone, and we appreciate the public’s patience as we adjust to new operations following the Provincial Health Orders,” Linda Stride, the municipality’s recreation, health and wellness supervisor said in a press release. “We ask residents to continue to be kind to staff as we work through the new protocols. The City of Kamloops would like to thank residents for their ongoing efforts to protect our community and reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Proof of vaccination cards are being mandated by order of the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, in a bid the provincial government hopes will boost vaccine rates as B.C.’s cases of the virus have been on the rise.
The vaccine card being implemented comes in digital and paper versions, but is ultimately accessed online via the provincial government's website at gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.