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British Columbia casinos and other venues to require COVID-19 vaccine card

24 August 2021

Starting 13 September 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in British Columbia for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events, including casinos.

“Vaccines are our ticket to putting this pandemic behind us,” said Premier John Horgan. “So I call on all eligible unvaccinated British Columbians to roll up their sleeves to stop the spread, and help protect themselves, their loved ones and the people in their community. British Columbia has one of the strongest vaccination rates in Canada with 75% of eligible people now fully vaccinated, but there is still more work to do.”

A new order from the provincial health officer will require individuals to provide proof of vaccination to access a broad range of social, recreational, and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province. As of 13 September, one dose of vaccine will be required for entry to these settings. By 24 October, 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 centers, casinos and indoor organized events, like conferences and weddings, people aged 12 and older will be required to show their proof of vaccination.

A secure weblink will be provided and publicized before 13 September, where people will be able to confidentially access their proof of vaccination. Individuals will be able to save a copy of their proof of vaccination to their phone to show it when entering or using designated businesses and events. Individuals who cannot access their proof of vaccination online will be provided with a secure alternative option.

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