COVID-19 information

Page last updated on November 10, 2021 at 2:15 p.m.

Saanich implements vaccine mandate for employees 

As of December 13, 2021, the District of Saanich will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to protect the health and safety of municipal employees and the community.  

Saanich employees will be required to provide their proof of vaccination to confirm they are fully vaccinated by December 13. A few employees may be unable to be vaccinated for legitimate medical reasons and are eligible for an accommodation.

Elected officials are not subject to the vaccination mandate because it’s an employee policy. However, all members of Saanich Council will voluntarily follow the policy and have confirmed they are fully vaccinated.

Information regarding the BC Vaccine Card

As of October 24, patrons must have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to access the programs/services listed under "required":

Required:*

  • All weight room visits (13+yrs)
  • All indoor adult fitness activities regardless of intensity 
  • All indoor adult sport activities including but not limited to racquets, hockey, basketball and pickleball 
  • Adults present at child and youth (21 and under) sports and activities; includes coaches, volunteers and parents accompanying and supporting a child’s participation
  • All spectators of indoor sports
  • All events over 50 people (presentations, meetings, etc.)

 Not Required: 

  • Swimming pool activities
  • Child and youth (21 and under) sports and activities
  • Outdoor sports or activities
  • Parental drop off or pick up from youth activities
  • General facility access/use such as washrooms, changerooms and showers
  • Golf and pro shop access
  • Adult general activities under 50 persons (i.e., pottery, art, general interest, etc.)

Arenas and indoor ice skating rinks are no longer exempt.

*To meet the requirements of the Public Health Order, staff will ask to see your proof of vaccination card and one piece of valid government issued photo identification. Youth aged 13-18 who are accessing the weight room are only required to show proof of vaccination and not government issued photo ID. Please see the BC Proof of Vaccination website for more information 

Please be aware that at this time proof of vaccination will be required every time you come to the facility. Please leave yourself sufficient time to do so. To help speed up entry please have your documents ready.

As the order becomes more clear and clarification has been made over the next weeks some of these requirements may change. Please see the BC Proof of Vaccinations for Business website for more information.

Vaccine card details can be found in our FAQ document [PDF - 251 KB].

Mandatory masks in indoor public spaces

As per the updated provincial health order, all people five and older must wear masks in all municipal facilities. This includes common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity. This means:

  • Participants must wear a mask while participating in non-sport and non-fitness related activities. These include, and are not limited to, pottery classes, music classes, and other non-exercise programs.
  • All adults must wear a medical or non-medical mask that covers the nose and mouth. Face shields are not an accepted substitute.
  • In areas like weight rooms, masks should be worn in between elements when not working out.

Children between the ages of two and five are highly encouraged to wear masks. Children under two, and those that cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others are exempt from the mask requirement.

Thank you for your cooperation to help slow the transmission of COVID-19.

Council meeting participation

Although in-person attendance is now permitted, space for attendees in the Council Chambers is extremely limited due to COVID-19 related safety measures. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that applicants and/or residents who wish to attend the meeting in person have an alternate plan for electronic participation in case space is not available. Electronic participation is strongly recommended.

Advisory committees, standing committees, board and commission meetings have restarted. To listen to the meeting, please refer to the applicable agenda for further information.  

For further information on viewing and providing feedback at Council meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings, please refer to the meeting agenda at saanich.ca/agendas. If you have questions, please contact the Legislative Services division at 250-475-5501 or council@saanich.ca.

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