COVID-19 Information

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all recreation programs and services are subject to the latest public health measures announced by the provincial authorities, the Interior Health Authority, and the RDCK Board of Directors.

This page provides information about current measures affecting recreation, and what you can expect when accessing recreation services or using our facilities.

This web page is an overview of parts of orders from the Provincial Health Officer and Interior Health Authority. It is not legal advice and does not provide an interpretation of the law. In the event of any conflict or difference between this web page and the orders, the orders are correct and legal and must be followed.

The situation is evolving and measures can change without notice. We will attempt to keep this web page updated in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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CURRENT MEASURES

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

Pre-registration/booking is required for use of all recreation facilities and programs. No drop-ins are permitted. Pre-register here.

Stay home if you’re sick!

  • Before visiting recreation facilities or attending programs, participants and staff are asked to do a self-check and stay home if experiencing any symptoms. For more information visit this online Self-Assessment Tool. https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en
  • Any participants displaying symptoms will not be permitted to access the facility and will be asked to leave for the safety of all participants and staff.

Wear a mask

  • Masks must be worn at all times in all indoor RDCK public spaces, including all common areas of recreation facilities.
  • Masks are not required when actively engaged in sport or exercise, and masks are not required outdoors.
  • People who are unable to wear a mask due to a health condition or a physical, cognitive or mental impairment must provide a note from a medical doctor to be exempt from the mask requirement. People who are unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person are exempt from mask requirements. People who are unable to wear a mask must maintain at least 3 metres physical distance at all times when in the facility.
  • More details: RDCK Mask Safety Guideline for Recreation Facilities [PDF]

Respect personal space

  • Be considerate of others. Maintain physical distance and respect other people's space.
  • Larger or outdoor spaces may be used for programs to ensure everyone has enough space to feel comfortable.
  • Some programs may be suspended due to current restrictions.
  • Program capacities may be reduced based on the space and type of activity.
  • Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your activity starts.

Follow signage and staff direction.

Proof of vaccination

  • As of September 13, proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is required to access some of our recreation programs and services. As of October 24, proof of full vaccination will be required.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for those 11 and younger.
As of September 13, 2021

Proof of vaccination 
FULL OR PARTIAL REQUIRED

Proof of vaccination 
NOT REQUIRED

Youth participants

(21 and younger)

Full vaccination:

  • High-intensity group programs (12 and older)
  • Youth participants in adult team sports
  • Some indoor events or programs (12 and older) will require proof of full vaccination. Participants will be advised.

Partial vaccination (full as of October 24):

  • Fitness activities: gym/fitness centre, weight room, low-intensity group programs (12 and older)
  • Indoor flow-through event (12 and older)
  • RDCK arena public skate program
  • RDCK Aquatic programs
  • Youth team sport
  • Officials, coaches and volunteers on the field of play for a youth team sport
  • Outdoor flow-through event

Youth spectators

(21 and younger)

Full vaccination:

  • High-intensity group programs
  • Adult team sports
  • Ticketed events
  • Some indoor events or programs will require proof of full vaccination for those 12 and older. Participants will be advised.
  • Some youth team sports require all spectators 12 and older to show proof of full vaccination.

Partial vaccination (full as of October 24):

  • Fitness activities: gym/fitness centre, weight room, low-intensity group programs
  • RDCK Aquatic programs
  • Youth sport with 50 or less spectators

Adult participants

(22 and older)

Full vaccination:

  • High-intensity group programs (12 and older)
  • Adult team sport
  • Officials, coaches and volunteers on the field of play for adult team sport
  • Some indoor events or programs will require proof of full vaccination for those 12 and older. Participants will be advised.

Partial vaccination (full as of October 24):

  • Fitness activities: gym/fitness centre, weight room, low-intensity group programs (12 and older)
  • Indoor flow-through event (12 and older)
  • RDCK arena public skate program
  • RDCK Aquatic programs
  • Outdoor flow-through event

Adult spectators

(22 and older)

Full vaccination:

  • High-intensity group programs
  • Adult team sport
  • Ticketed events
  • Some indoor events or programs will require proof of full vaccination for those 12 and older. Participants will be advised.
  • Some youth team sports require all spectators 12 and older to show proof of full vaccination.

Partial vaccination (full as of October 24):

  • Fitness activities: gym/fitness centre, weight room, low-intensity group programs
  • RDCK Aquatic programs
  • Youth sport with 50 or less spectators

 

  • The process for presenting your proof of vaccination might look different at each recreation facility. You may be asked to show proof of vaccination prior to entering the building, or prior to entering a part of the building. You may be asked to show proof of vaccination more than once if moving between places or if a place has implemented random checks.
  • You may have the option of giving consent for the RDCK to collect and store your vaccination status in their information systems if you wish.
  • Please pay attention to signage and/or staff directing you to facility entrances, where you will be asked to present your proof of vaccination and ID (unless you are exempt as per the Public Health Order) to an authorized representative of the RDCK (e.g. a security guard).
  • Some amenities may have limited capacity or availability as we adjust our spaces to ensure that people are not moving from spaces that don’t require proof of vaccination into spaces that do (e.g. change rooms or other spaces shared by pools and fitness centres or arenas). Watch for signage and follow staff direction.
  • Please give yourself extra time before the start of your program to allow for potential line-ups and vaccine card checks.

USING RECREATION FACILITIES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

For your safety and those around you, the following procedures and guidelines must be followed in order for the RDCK to offer facility access:

Before You Arrive:

  • Be prepared to present proof of vaccination and proof of ID if required. Learn more about accepted forms of proof on the BC Proof of Vaccination web page.
  • Make a reservation (no drop-ins) online or over the phone at the community complex of choice* and up to 5 days in advance
  • Memberships or punch passes can not be used at this time
  • Cancellations (except for COVID-19 related symptoms) and no-shows are non-refundable
  • Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Must be a minimum of 13 years of age to use the weight room/pool unattended. Pool users under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress in your workout clothes/swimming attire (change rooms and lockers will not be available. Users will be provided with a spot to store their shoes, coats and outerwear)
  • Do not bring valuables into the facility
  • Bring a water bottle filled (Refilling stations are available – no water fountains)

What to expect when you arrive:

  • Give yourself extra time before the start of your program to allow for potential line-ups and vaccine card checks. Maintain physical distance in any line-up.
  • A security guard or other RDCK representative will check your proof of vaccination to permit you to enter the facility. Follow signage and staff direction for your program or your destination in the facility.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering the facility 
  • Masks are required when indoors
  • Everyone using the fitness centre will get their own spray bottle and towel that is turned in at the end of their session for disinfection and laundry
  • Follow all floor and wall signage that indicates direction of travel and spacing requirements
  • Be respectful to staff and other users by maintaining 2 meters physical distance at all times
  • No partner workouts will be permitted

Fitness centres/Weight rooms

  • Pre-registration is required. No drop-ins are permitted.
  • All patrons 13 and older are required to show proof of vaccination. Those 19 and older are required to present proof of vaccination along with ID. 
  • Masks are required when moving between equipment or in common areas, but are not required when actively using the equipment.
  • Some equipment may be closed or spaced out as per indoor fitness requirements.
  • Session time limits and capacity are being controlled.
  • To view hours of operation, availability and fees, and to reserve, go to www.rdck.ca/recreation or phone your local recreation facility. All payments must be done online or over the phone.

Group fitness

  • Pre-registration is required. No drop-ins are permitted.
  • High-intensity classes: All participants and spectators (including parents) are required to show proof of full vaccination.
  • Low-intensity classes: All participants and spectators (including parents) must show proof of partial vaccination until October 23; after October 24, proof of full vaccination is required.
  • Masks are required in common areas. Masks are not required when actively engaged in physical activity.
  • Some programs may be changed or suspended due to restrictions.
  • To view classes, availability and fees, and to reserve, go to www.rdck.ca/recreation or phone your local recreation facility.

Pools

  • Pre-registration is required. No drop-ins are permitted.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for use of pools (except for events).
  • Masks must be worn in common areas but can be removed once you get to the pool deck.
  • To view hours of operation, availability and fees, and to reserve, go to www.rdck.ca/recreation or phone your local recreation facility.
  • Families must make their reservation by phone with their local recreation complex.

Arenas

  • See below for information about sporting events in arenas.
  • Pre-registration is required. No drop-ins are permitted.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for general admission to skating rinks (e.g. public skates).
  • Masks are required at all times in common areas, but are not required when actively engaged in physical activity.
  • To view hours of operation, availability and fees, and to reserve, go to www.rdck.ca/recreation or contact your local recreation facility:
Castlegar & District Community Complex 250-365-3386 casrec@rdck.bc.ca
Creston & District Community Complex   250-428-7127 crestonrec@rdck.bc.ca

Nelson & District Community

Complex

250-354-4386 nelrec@rdck.bc.ca

Salmo & District Recreation

Department

250-357-0121 salmorec@rdck.bc.ca

 

Sporting events

  • Children and youth participating in youth-only team sports at RDCK facilities are not required to show proof of vaccination. Officials, coaches and volunteers on the field of play will not be required to show proof of vaccination.
  • Adults participating in indoor and outdoor team sports at RDCK facilities will be required to show proof of vaccination and ID prior to entering the facility. In addition, sport organizers will be required to confirm that all participating adults have shown proof of vaccination.
  • For more information, please contact the sport organization or the recreation facility.
  • Indoors: Masks must be worn at all times unless actively engaged in sport.
  • Outdoors: Masks are not required but individuals may choose to wear masks if they wish. 
  • Spectators: See table above for proof of vaccination requirements. Spectators may be assigned seats or may be required to remain in specific zones. Follow directions on signage and from facility staff.
  • Maintain physical distance from other people not in the same household.
  • Minimize contact between participants by encouraging players to:
    • Minimize the use of change rooms. Change rooms will be made available for 20 minutes before and after the event.
    • Change room capacity is limited to allow 2 metre physical distancing.
    • Go straight to and stay in assigned change rooms, with no congregating in the hallways or common spaces.
    • Change back into regular clothes as quickly as possible and leave immediately after the event.
    • Use of showers, where available, is permitted with 2 metre physical distancing (signage will be provided).
    • Minimize touching (high fives, etc.) as much as possible.

Gatherings and event bookings

  • Indoors: Proof of vaccination is not required of guests at a gathering 50 people or less, regardless of age. Maximum size of indoor events is 50 people (excluding event staff). Masks must be worn at all times in indoor public spaces.
  • Outdoors: Proof of vaccination is not required for outdoor events with a maximum size of 100 people (excluding event staff). Masks are not required outdoors but individuals may choose to wear masks if they wish.
  • This includes events such as weddings, banquets, funerals and seated events.
  • Maintain physical distance from other people not in the same household.
  • Interior Health Authority (IHA) relies upon event and sport organizers to keep their participants safe and to inform participants of possible exposures. Each group should have a process that allows them to know who is participating in their programs and how the group will communicate COVID exposures to their participants.
  • A COVID-19 Safety Plan is required for all facility rentals that do not require proof of vaccination. When you book your event, RDCK staff will ask you to submit a Safety Plan as part of the booking requirements. Please use the following form provided for your convenience: https://rdck.jotform.com/201686492793266

Outdoor programs and skate parks

  • All RDCK tennis and pickleball courts are open for casual play. Proof of vaccination is not required outdoors.
  • Respect personal space.
  • Follow signage and staff direction.
  • Learn more about RDCK Parks and Trails.

PUBLIC AND STAFF SAFETY

Public and staff safety is our top priority.

The RDCK will be following orders and health and safety recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer, Interior Health Authority, the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia and WorkSafe.  

Risk assessment and safety plans are available for all RDCK facilities. 

The content on this page was last updated October 22 2021 at 10:51 AM