City reverses decision on vaccine passport requirements for recreation complex spectators – Williams Lake Tribune
The Town of Williams Lake has changed its rules regarding spectators at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.
The city’s CAO, Gary Muraca, said those under 50 spectators will not need proof of vaccination to enter the complex, which he said complies with current provincial health ordinances.
“We are going to demand what the province needs,” Muraca said on Tuesday. “We’re not going over that.”
The city made an announcement on Monday (September 13) stating that adults over 22 would be required to produce vaccine passports in order to watch indoor youth sports.
Muraca said the city’s earlier decision was based on a communication from the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) which provides information and guidance to local governments that own and operate indoor recreation facilities.
Contacted Tuesday, BCRPA CEO Rebecca Tunnacliffe said the association was seeking confirmation of the rules surrounding spectators.
“The issue of spectator immunization status is not resolved and we continue to seek clarification from the SPO,” Tunnacliffe told the Tribune in a response sent by email.
In an interview Monday night, Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association president Mike Rispin said he already had parents calling to remove their children from hockey with news of a passport vaccination requirement for the viewers.
“Youth sports in this city cannot lose their participation,” said Rispin. “As we lose members, we lose money and the ability to run good programs. “
On Tuesday afternoon, Rispin welcomed the news that spectators under the age of 50 can attend indoor youth sports without proof of vaccination.
“I’m happy. I wish we hadn’t had anything to do with all of this, but I’m glad we were able to find a compromise.
Rispin reminded all participants and spectators to treat those who must volunteer and work under these requirements with the utmost respect.
“After the day is over, it’s all about the kids on the ice.”
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