September 21st - Indoor City recreation centres & cultural facilities will require proof of vaccine
Starting on Wednesday, September 22, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required for those 12 and older to enter City recreation and cultural facilities, with some exceptions identified below.
Upon entering a recreation centre, swimming pool, arena, or theatre venue, a person must have an electronic or hard copy of their vaccination receipt confirming two doses received at least 14 days prior, and a piece of valid identification, such as:
Without a proof of vaccination, a person cannot access indoor recreational or cultural activities, including:
Lane and public swims
Fitness classes – including Aquafit
Instructional cooking, music or art classes
Adult sports or drop-in activities
Theatre or studio performance or cinema
Adults who accompany children or youth into a facility for activities – including but not limited to swimming lessons or Learn-to-Skate activities – require proof they have been fully vaccinated.
Residents are reminded to arrive a few minutes earlier before the scheduled session or activity. All COVID-related protocols remain in place – including reservations, capacity limits, masking and physical distancing.
Organized sports for youth between the ages of 12 and 17, including on ice sports, sport leagues, badminton, table tennis, tennis, ball hockey, martial arts, dance, basketball, swimming lessons, aquatic certification courses or volleyball. However, this youth age group will require proof of vaccination for recreational swims, use of a cardio and weight room or attending an activity or sporting event as a spectator.
Religious ceremonies, funeral services or wedding ceremonies hosted in City facilities (This does not include any social gatherings occurring before or after these events)
Brief entry to use the washroom, pick up a participant, seek information or make a payment.
Other City facilities and in-person services
Other City facilities and in-person services do not require proof of vaccination. These services and facilities include:
Service Ottawa Client Service Centres
Building Code Services
Museums and art galleries
Ottawa Public Library branches – with possible exceptions for meeting and program rooms
Transit – including transit stations
Employment and Social Services and Rent Supplement Program Offices
Business Licensing Centre
Provincial Offence Act Court
For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca