Prepare to show proof of vaccination at City facilities

Service Announcement

Please note that the following announcement has been updated as of 4:00pm on September 13, 2021.

The City of Penticton is taking steps to implement the Provincial Health Officer order requiring proof of vaccination to access some municipal facilities and events.  As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces. 

Beginning September 13, 2021, citizens born in 2009 or earlier (12+) are required to show proof of partial vaccination (at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine) and a piece of valid government photo ID to enter the following City facilities or attend the following City events. Youth ages 12-18 will not be required to show valid government photo ID. 

Proof of vaccination requirement will apply to the following facilities and events:

FacilitiesEvents
  • Community Centre 
  • McLaren Arena
  • Cleland Theatre
  • Fitness Room
  • Fitness Classes
  • Drop-In Sports

Proof of vaccination requirement will not apply to the following facilities and events: 

FacilitiesEvents
  • City Hall 
  • City Yards
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Bylaw Services Office
  • Council Meetings
  • Public Hearings 
  • City engagement activities

By October 24, citizens are required to show proof of full vaccination or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at the noted facilities and events. The BC Vaccine Card is the accepted form of proof of vaccination. A copy of your immunization record will also be accepted until September 27 due to high traffic on the Province’s Health Gateway website.  The proof of vaccination requirement is in place until January 31, 2022 and could be extended. 

City owned facilities that are under lease agreements such as the South Okanagan Event Centre (SOEC) and Penticton Trade and Convention Centre (PTCC) are the responsibility of the operators. Please contact these facility operators directly for additional information.

Citizens are encouraged to visit www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard for more information on how to get the BC Vaccine Card, places the card is required and not required for entry, and key dates for implementation of the BC Vaccine Card. If you require assistance downloading or printing your vaccine card, reference staff at the library will be pleased to help. There will be no charge for vaccine card prints.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is an important step to ensure the safety of ourselves, the people we love and our community.

Citizens are also encouraged to be patient as the City adjusts its procedures to follow the Provincial Health Officer order and to assist family and friends in arranging for their BC Vaccine Cards and following the new order.