For Your Safety and Enjoyment - COVID 19 Response Policy
We are pleased to welcome you back to enjoy more programs and services. As you visit our facilities please consider BC’s Golden Rules for Everybody:
- Do NOT use the facility if you are sick or have been directed to self-isolate
- Wash or sanitize your hands before and after your visit
- Respect personal space
- Follow Provincial guidelines
- Check before you travel
- Consider peoples comfort level and situations
West Shore Parks & Recreation is following the direction of public health experts. Rules are subject to change and will be updated as needed. Those disregarding rules may be asked to leave the facility.
POV Update: Effective December 31st 2021, Proof of Vaccination is required for patrons 12+ yrs. to access all drop-in and registered programs and services WSPR offers. POV is also required for for changeroom and shower use.
Adults or caregivers involved in their children's programs and activities must provide POV – this includes parent in tot skating lessons, preschool swimming lessons and Richardson sports programs.
Parents without POV may assist a child into the changeroom or to their lesson as support however then must then leave the facility.
Proof of Vaccination is also required for parents and caregivers when watching their child’s indoor programming. This includes within the program space and all viewing lobby’s including the Indoor Sports Centre, JdF Arena Lobby and Pool Viewing Deck. Spot checks to ensure the order is being followed will be administered by staff.
The below information summarizes how the new Provincial Health Order may affect pass holders, program registrants and indoor facility user groups.
Specific COVID rules for activity and facility:
Exercise and Fitness
Starting January 20, adult indoor individual, group fitness or exercise activities and adult dance classes and activities are allowed with increased safety protocols and capacity limits, including:
- Proof of vaccination for all participants 12 years of age and older.
- Operators must scan proof of vaccination QR codes for entry (using the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app) to determine whether a participant is vaccinated. The requirement to view photo identification for those above 18 years remains in place.
- Capacity based on 7m2 of floor space per person for both individual and group fitness and exercise classes o In addition to floor space, all group fitness and exercise classes have a capacity limit of 25 people
- Masks must be worn at all times, except when actively exercising. It is strongly encouraged to wear a mask, even when exercising, if you are able.
- Pre-bookings for drop-in individual fitness where operationally possible. Provincial guidance is under development to provide further information on safety protocols for fitness facilities. Please refer regularly to the Provincial and Regional Restrictions page for further updates.
Proof of Vaccination (PoV):
The latest provincial health orders require PoV for parents participating in swimming lessons with their children. Please arrive early and have your PoV QR code ready to be scanned and your ID ready to show. PoV checks will be conducted at reception for those participating. Pool spectators will also require a PoV along with ID, but do not check in at reception. Pool deck observation areas checks will be conducted at random. Parents helping children get changed do not require a PoV, however cannot remain in the facility if no PoV can be presented.
In-line with WorkSafeBC and to mitigate the risks of COVID transmission, we will be returning to contract-free swimming lessons for preschool and lower-level classes.
The following lesson levels will now require full-parental participation:
- Orange Jellyfish
- Red Snapper
- Maroon Starfish & Blue Dolphin
- Swim Kids 1
- Swim Kids 2
Sauna - Capacity limited 3 people spaced 2 m* apart.
Steam Room - Capacity limit 4 people spaced 2 m* apart.
*Spacing restrictions do not include those within the same party.
Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2016 or earlier (5+).
There are exemptions for:
- People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
- People who cannot remove a mask on their own
- Children under the age of 5
- People who need to remove their masks to communicate due to another person's hearing impairment
A face shield is not a substitute for a mask as it has an opening below the mouth.