As of October 4, 2021, fitness and recreation facilities have been mandated to implement the Province of Nova Scotia’s Proof of Vaccination Policy. As such, Y members, program participants, program volunteers, visitors and guests are required to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination and proof of identity (such as a driver’s license, health card or member card) to access the membership areas of the Frank Rudderham Family YMCA or Membertou YMCA locations.
Will we have to show our Proof of Vaccination every time we enter the Frank Rudderham Family YMCA or Membertou YMCA locations?
As a YMCA member/participant, once you show your Proof of Vaccine at the Membership Services desk and our staff have confirmed it, we will update your YMCA account, and you will not be required to provide it again.
Will I still have to wear a mask even though I am fully vaccinated?
Wearing a mask is still a mandate from the Nova Scotia government. We will continue to wear masks inside our Y facilities, with the exception of when engaged in physical activities.
Is the YMCA offering accommodations for participants who have a medical exception?
Medical exceptions will be allowed, as per the direction of the Nova Scotia government. People who receive a medical exception for COVID-19 vaccination receive a Valid Medical Contraindication for COVID-19 Vaccination letter. You need to present the letter anywhere in Nova Scotia where proof of full vaccination is required
Medical exception criteria can be found here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/proof-of-full-vaccination-policy/
What proof will I have to provide for my vaccination?
Y members, program participants, program volunteers, and other visitors to our centres will be asked to use the Nova Scotia government’s vaccine verification process as the means for demonstrating proof of vaccination.
for more information on how to download your vaccine receipt as proof of your vaccine status.
Will children registered in YMCA programs (such as swimming lessons) be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination?
Nova Scotia Health’s Mandatory Proof of Vaccination Policy only applies to children 12 years and older as outlined below:
*Children who turn 12 between 1 January and 4 October 2021 have until 31 December 2021 to attend events and activities while they get vaccinated.
*Children who turn 12 after 4 October 2021 have 3 months from their birthday to get vaccinated.
*If you’re 13 to 18 and have proof of vaccination that you received 1 dose of COVID19 vaccine you can participate in sport, recreation, arts and culture programming hosted by a business or organization. To continue participating, you must provide proof of full vaccination by 9 November 2021 (you need to get a first dose no later than 28 September and a second dose no later than 26 October)
If I am unvaccinated, what will happen to my membership?
If you remain unvaccinated at this time, please contact our membership services team at email@example.com and we will happily place your membership on hold at no charge.
Will I need to show my vaccination proof when visiting other YMCA program locations such as the Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centres?
No, at this time our Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centres and Early Learning Centre are considered essential services and therefore Proof of Vaccination is not required when visiting these sites.
At this time, we would like to remind our members of our Etiquette Statement:
The YMCA is a shared experience for everyone to enjoy. Each of us can make it better for all by being considerate to others. YMCA members, participants, staff and volunteers pledge to treat one another with respect and dignity. The YMCA reserves the right to suspend or cancel a membership and/or participant access at its sole discretion for inappropriate behaviour, or failure to comply with this Etiquette Statement
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We ask for your patience as we all work to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our community.