Page last updated on September 13, 2021 at 3:45 p.m.
Information regarding the BC Vaccine Card
As of September 13, patrons must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and by October 24 must be fully vaccinated (two doses) to access the programs/services listed under "required"
- All weight room visits (13+yrs)
- All indoor adult fitness activities regardless of intensity (22+yrs)
- All indoor adult sport activities including but not limited to racquets, hockey, basketball and pickleball (22+yrs)
- Spectators of indoor sports over 50 person capacity
- All events over 50 people (presentations, meetings etc)
- Kattia's Kitchen at Saanich Commonwealth Place
- Swimming pool activities
- Child and youth (21 and under) sports and activities; includes coaches, volunteers and parents accompanying and supporting a child's participation
- Public skating and children's skate lessons; includes parents accompanying children at a public skate or to skate lessons
- Outdoor sports of 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.)
*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. You will be required to provide your BC Vaccine Card either digitally or as a paper copy as of September 26 2021. Until September 26 2021, you may also show the orange and blue COVID 19 Immunization Record paper card received at the time of vaccination. Youth aged 12-18 who are accessing fitness activities or events are only required to show proof of vaccination and not a government-issued photo ID. Please see the BC Proof of Vaccination website for more information at gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard
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 FAQ's
Details can be found in our FAQ document [PDF - 195 KB].
Saanich Parks and Recreation is a respectful workplace, our employees are doing what is mandated by the Public Health Order. Your respectful approach to this procedure is greatly appreciated.
As per the updated provincial health order issued August 24, all people 12 and older must wear masks in all municipal facilities effective August 25, 2021. 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 12 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.
The most important thing BC residents aged 12 and older can do to help our communities and our lives get back to normal is to get vaccinated. Island Health no longer requires appointments for a first dose. Anyone 12 and over who hasn’t yet had a first dose can now walk in to any of Island Health’s mass immunization clinics. Appointments are still required for second doses - register at getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca.
Learn more about how vaccines and how to get vaccinated on the province's website.
Proof of vaccination resources
By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses in BC. Information on this can be found on the PHO proof of vaccination page.
BC's Restart: A plan to bring us back together
BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal.
Starting May 25, we can gradually begin to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart.
We're still wearing masks in all common or shared areas of our facilities. Please continue to wear a mask until more of our employees have receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
As the situation unfolds, we will continue to monitor credible sources and will work with our provincial and regional partners. It’s important to note that Saanich is not the lead agency on COVID-19; we will take direction from the Province and the Provincial Health Officer.
Click the images below to find information on existing and newly created programs to provide a summary of support options most relevant to families and businesses.
Municipal Hall public access
The municipal hall and annex are currently open to the public with access on a first-come first-serve basis via the parking lot entrance of the municipal hall. Visitors are limited to a maximum of 11 people at a time and will be required to use hand sanitizer and wear a visitor badge when entering the facility.
Plexi-glas protective barriers and other measures such as advisory and directional signage have been installed in all public areas and at all service counters for the health and safety of staff and the public. Saanich asks that you do not visit a municipal facility if you:
- Are displaying any of the following new or worsening symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Loss of appetite
- Extreme fatigue or tiredness
- Body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
- Have been identified by Public Health as a close contact of someone with COVID-19
- Have been told to isolate by Public Health
Council meeting participation
Council meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings will continue via webcast only until further notice.
Advisory committees, standing committees, board and commission meetings have restarted although the public is not able to attend in person at this time.
Public feedback on items can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- July 2 - Restart step 3: Parks, Recreation and Community Services update
- June 14 - Restart step 2: Parks, Recreation and Community Services update
- May 26 - Parks, Recreation and Community Services update related to provincial restart plan
- April 20 - All adult indoor group classes are paused as per the order from the Provincial Health Officer
- March 29 - All adult indoor group classes paused
- March 11 - Acknowledgement of the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic
- January 8 - Many indoor and outdoor adult sports activities paused
- December 7 - Indoor and outdoor adult sports activities paused
- November 26 - New provincial health orders: Saanich Parks
- November 25 - New provincial health orders: recreation fitness class changes and wearing masks
- October 29 - Saanich Archives reopens to the public
- October 14 - Saanich supports flexible options to stay connected
- August 17 - Flipside Youth Centre will remain closed this fall
- July 28 - Saanich reopens public service counters at municipal hall
- July 2 - Saanich begins gradual reopening of recreation centres
- June 8 - Saanich reopens playgrounds
- June 1 - Recreation facilities update
- May 20 - Saanich reopens some outdoor facilities
- May 15 - Yard and garden waste drop-off schedule change
- May 4 - Cedar Hill Golf Course re-opens
- April 30 - Saanich adjusts property tax payment methods and late penalties
- April 24 - Saanich yard and garden waste drop off service will reopen Saturday, April 25 with modified hours
- April 21 - Learn more about Saanich’s Emergency Operations Centre
- April 9 - Stay active while maintaining distance this long weekend
- April 2 - Saanich suspends utility bill penalties
- March 27 - Saanich’s list of top ten things to remember during COVID-19
- March 24 - Saanich COVID-19 update: 2020 financial planning changes
- March 23 - Saanich COVID-19 update: temporary closure of Saanich outdoor recreation facilities
- March 20 - Saanich COVID-19 update: temporary closure of Saanich playgrounds and structures
- March 18 - Saanich COVID-19 update: all municipal facilities closed to the public
- March 16 - Saanich COVID-19 update: Recreation centres closed effective March 17
- March 12 - COVID-19 information