As of September 22, 2021, the Province of Ontario will require members of the public to be fully vaccinated to access certain public settings, including recreation centres (O/Reg 645/21)

To enter a Norfolk County recreation facility (pool, arenas) or community centre/halls visitors and program patrons must provide proof of full vaccination as well as proof of identity as required by the law.

Acceptable forms of identification must include name and date of birth. These include:

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship card
  • Driver’s licence
  • Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, including health card
  • Indian status card/Indigenous membership card
  • Passport
  • Permanent resident card

This will happen before you are permitted into the facility. A copy of your vaccine receipt can be found here (be sure to have your Health Card number handy).

Please note all visitors to recreation facilities/community centres and/or halls must also wear a mask while inside the facility unless actively exercising as well as adhere to capacity limits, physical distancing requirements, and public health guidelines.

As of September 22, if you fail to provide proof of vaccination, you will not be allowed to enter the facility. Staff are not authorized to make exceptions and are required to abide by provincial regulations. Please be patient while this process is implemented. Abuse of staff or volunteers will not be tolerated.


How does this law impact children and youth?

Unvaccinated youth (under 18) may enter the facility if the purpose of their visit is solely to participate in an organized sport, in accordance with guidance published by the Ministry of Health.

An indoor organized sport means training, practices, games, and competitions.  Examples of an organized sport for which the exemption applies include:

  • sports leagues
  • organized pick-up sports
  • dance classes
  • martial arts
  • swimming lessons


How is “Organized Sport” defined?

Organized sport is defined as activities governed by an association or organization requiring formal registration and includes training, practice sessions, and games or matches (ie. minor hockey)


How does this impact attending registered drop-in programs - ie: public swim, skate, shinny, indoor Pickleball, indoor walking

Proof of vaccination is required for all participants 12 years of age or older.


How does this law impact spectators and guardians?

By law, anyone accompanying the athlete as a spectator or guardian must show proof of vaccination and proof of identity if they are 12 years of age or older.


How does this law impact coaches and volunteers?

As of November 8, 2021 proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated will be required for coaches, volunteers, and officials entering Norfolk County Recreation Facilities, including arenas, pools, and community halls. As capacity limits are increasing, this change is being put in place to better protect the health and safety of the public, participants, staff, and volunteers at these facilities.


How does this law impact rentals of meeting rooms & event spaces, conference centres and community halls?

By law, anyone attending an event in a meeting room, community hall or conference centre must show proof of vaccination and proof of identity if they are 12 years of age or old; the following exemptions do apply:

i)                Anyone entering the indoor premise for the sole purpose of a wedding service, rite or ceremony; or for a funeral service, rite or ceremony (this does not include social gatherings)

ii)               Anyone entering the indoor premise for the purposes of a social gathering associated with a wedding service or funeral service, on or after September 22, 2021, but before October 13, 2021, as along as patron produces the results of an antigen test administered within the previous 48 hours confirming the patron is negative for COVID-19.


What is the definition of fully vaccinated?

Under the law, a person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if, they have received,

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
    • They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before  providing proof of being fully vaccinated


What if I don’t want to disclose my vaccination status?

You can choose whether to disclose your vaccination status. If you chose not to provide proof of vaccination, you will not be permitted into the facility.

Information provided will not be retained by Norfolk County pursuant to provincial requirements.


Will people with medical exemptions be allowed to access recreation facilities such as pool, arenas, or community centre/halls?

Anyone claiming a medical exemption must provide a written document, completed and supplied by a physician, nurse practitioner or registered nurse in the extended class that sets out:


(i)   a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID- 19, and

(ii)  the effective time period for the medical reason


To learn more before your visit to Norfolk County recreational facilities, please view Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act or Norfolk County Programs and services during Covid-19





For additional information please contact ServiceNorfolk, or Recreation Department