COVID-19 information

Page last updated on January 19, 2022 at 2:15 p.m.

Weight room access and adult fitness programs to resume

Weight room access and adult fitness programs will resume at all Saanich recreation centres over the coming days. Staff are working hard to make sure our spaces are ready to welcome our patrons back under the new guidelines imposed by the provincial health officer on January 18. Those guidelines are posted here.

Reserved drop-in is required for access. Please check this page for schedules.

Information regarding the BC Vaccine Card

Patrons must have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to access the programs/services listed under "required".


  • NEW: all adults participating in swimming activities, including classes such as Aquafit
  • NEW: all youth (ages 12 – 21) participating in drop-in swimming activities, including lane swims, fun swims and leisure swims.
  • 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.
    • Please Note: Saanich Commonwealth Place is not permitting spectators for Aquatic Sport Practices or Competitions. Cedar Hill Recreation Centre is not permitting spectators for any programs or lessons.
  • Adult general activities under 50 persons (i.e. pottery, art, etc.)
  • All participants at indoor events such as presentations or meetings, regardless of participant numbers.

 Please note that weight rooms are closed and adult fitness suspended until January 20.

Not Required: 

  • Child and youth (21 and under) sports and activities, including swimming lessons
  • 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

*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 - 150 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.

To listen to advisory committees, standing committees, board and commission meetings, 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 If you have questions, please contact the Legislative Services division at 250-475-5501 or


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