On Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, the Provincial Health Office Order on Gatherings and Events was updated to include implications around proof of vaccination for sport.  The major changes to the revised PHO Order to be aware of are:

  • Outdoor events do not require proof of vaccination, which includes supervisors of all sport programs and events (Section D.1.)
  • For indoor sport programs and events, the Order now clarifies that parents and volunteer supervisors of youth, are required to show proof of vaccination. We now have clearer language around who this includes:
    • Those who receive an honorarium, or similar, are considered volunteers (Section D.8.a)
    • Parents, even if required to be present for a youth sport activity; this includes parent and tot classes (D.8.b).
    • Anyone volunteering with children/youth, which includes those 21 and under (Section D.9)
  • For indoor sport programs and events, the Order now clarifies that individuals who are employed to lead, supervise or assist with a program for children and youth are exempt from showing Proof of Vaccination (D.3)
  • Section AA now exempts “swimming and activities in swimming pools”. As such, adult sport programs are now exempt.
  • Non-employee coaches/supervisors and spectators are required to show proof of vaccination as they are not participating in the “activity in the pool”.

The viaSport Return to Sport Restart 2.0 chart and FAQs have been updated to reflect these changes.

As the Provincial Health Office updates the Order on Gathering and Events, Triathlon BC will continue to provide timely updates.