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PRRD directors expected discuss the new PHOs, and vaccination proof at Thursday board meeting.

Requirements are in place until January 31, 2022.

Directors around the PRRD board table will discuss Thursday the potential of authorizing a joint letter between the PRRD, member municipalities, and local First Nations, be sent to BC Premier John Horgan.

The letter to Horgan is expected to describe the challenges that the region will face with implementation of the new Provincial Health Order regarding COVID-19 vaccine passports.

As of Sept. 13, one dose of the vaccine will be required for entry to these settings. By Oct. 24, entry to these settings will require people to be fully vaccinated at least seven days after receiving both doses. To enter certain spaces, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining in restaurants, fitness centres, casinos, and indoor organized events, like conferences and weddings, people aged 12 and older will be required to show their proof of vaccination.

PRRD directors will discuss a letter from Tara Faganello, Assistant Deputy Minister with the Local Government Division as well.

“The Provincial Health Officer has indicated that it is the intention that the proof of vaccination requirement won’t apply to formal local government business, including by-elections, council/board meetings and public hearings for both council/board members as well as the public attending these events,” she wrote to the PRRD.

“The proof of vaccination requirement is not mandatory for employment at this time, other than in specific areas of the health care system starting with Long Term Care, Assisted Living and some other residential care facilities.”

As of Oct. 24, people in British Columbia will be required to be fully immunized, at least seven days after receiving two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, to access the same list of businesses and events.

Here is the current list of settings where proof of vaccination will be required:

• indoor ticketed sporting events

• indoor ticketed concerts/theatre/dance/symphony events

• indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs, and bars

• night clubs and casinos

• movie theatres

• fitness centres/gyms/pools/recreation facilities (excluding youth recreational sport)

• indoor high-intensity group exercise activities

• organized indoor events (e.g. weddings, parties, conferences, meetings, workshops)

• discretionary organized indoor group recreational classes and activities such as pottery and art classes, but does not include K to 12 school and before and after school programs

• post secondary on-campus student housing (students must be partially vaccinated by September 7)

The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022, subject to possible extension.