UPDATE – COVID-19/Vax Pass – Information Bulletin #1
October 4, 2021
The PEI Vax Pass program is set to come into effect at the start of the day on Tuesday, October 5. Any organized sport and recreational activity are part of the Vax Pass program and as such proof of vaccination is required for all participants (a participant is defined as an individual player). Participants 18 years of age and under participating in activities that involve participants who are all 18 years of age and under are exempt from showing vaccinations. If the group has a combination of participants 18 years and under and 19 years and over, all participants are required to show their vaccine status.
Please note that all volunteers involved in an activity (regardless of age) are required to show proof of vaccination. This includes coaches, managers, program leaders, and support personnel (trainers).
Employees of businesses and organizations that offer these programs are not required to show proof of vaccination. Businesses and organizations can implement their own vaccination policies so long as they comply with the laws of PEI.
Major officials (referees) and minor officials (clock operators, game sheet workers) can either be classified as volunteers or employees depending on the nature of their involvement.
All spectators 12 years and above are required to show proof of vaccination to enter as a spectator.
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from needing to provide a proof of vaccination. Children who are soon turning 12 have a three-month grace period from their birthday to get fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination should it be required (e.g. Should they be in volunteer roles or mixed groups that include participants 19 and over).
Where proof of vaccination is required, the following public health measures must be followed:
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection routine (for facilities).
- Ensure hand washing and/or hand sanitizing stations are available and accessible.
- For organized cohorts, you can have up to 200 people indoors and 400 people outdoors. During short periods of interaction at entry/exit points, washrooms and concessions, physical distancing should be maintained.
- If dealing with multiple cohorts, an operational plan is required.
- Non-medical masks are required for all indoor activities.
- There is no need to continue contract tracing (where proof of vaccination is required).
Please note: Sport organizations can enhance the Vax Pass requirements for their sport if they wish but they must adhere to the basics of the program as described above. For example, a sport can say that all their members 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated but cannot say they will not be checking vaccine status of their spectators.
Details on the QR-Code Vax Pass will be provided as soon as possible. The projected launch is October 15, 2021.