COVID-19

Proof of Full Vaccination Policy

Updated: October 14, 2021

Policy requirements:

Beginning Monday, October 4, 2021, users of indoor and outdoor Village facilities, including H. Douglas Boyce Village Hall, the Commission Chambers of the Village Office, Bible Hill Recreation Park (rental fields) and Airport Fields Park (rental fields), who are 12 years old or older must show official proof of full vaccination to enter the facilities.  This is required due to Nova Scotia’s proof of full vaccination policy, which is now law in Nova Scotia under the Health Protection Act.

What does the policy apply to?

People need proof of full vaccination to go to or participate in discretionary, non-essential evens, activities and services that gather people together. Regarding the Village, Proof of Full Vaccination is required for the following:

  • Activities organized by the Village, and/or renters, at H. Douglas Boyce Village Hall, Bible Hill Fire Hall, Commission Chambers, Bible Hill Recreation Park fields, and Airport Fields Park fields, including, but not limited to:
    • Programs held at H. Douglas Boyce Village Hall
    • Rentals of our facilities for community meetings and/or events where the public may be present
    • Rentals of our facilities for training and/or events hosted by a business or organization and any training and/or event using a rental space
    • Indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions, and tournaments (participants and spectators)
    • Indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports

What will the policy not apply to?

Proof of full vaccination is not required for most places that don’t host formal gatherings and that offer essential, non-discretionary services and activities. Regarding the Village, the Proof of Full Vaccination Policy does not apply to the following:

  • Legislatively required meetings where public participation can't be done virtually. This would include all Commission in Committee and Regular Commission meetings where citizens have a democratic right to participate. This also includes committee meetings including, but not limited to: Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Regional Accessibility Committee, etc.
  • Accessing our facilities for government services. For example, visiting the Village Office reception area to inquire with Village staff on services.
  • Internal meetings and other activities in the workplace that involve people who regularly work together and where the public is not present.
  • Rentals of facilities for family resource centre activities, and faith gatherings

Our Process

  • One or more of Village staff and rental event volunteers will be located near the entrance to our facilities at a ‘check-in table’ to facilitate the Proof of Full Vaccination Policy Process.
  • All users (users/guests 12 years and older, including) will be required to show proof of full vaccination by way of a government-issued COVID-19 vaccination receipt (Digital or Print). Users 18 and older must also provide a valid government issued photo identification.
  • The Village will work closely with facility space renters to support the smoothest possible entry to our facilities while still maintaining requirements for proof of full vaccination and the safety of our users, staff, and the public.

Consent & Record Keeping

In an effort to create a simple and efficient entry process for Village Recreation programming participants, the Village will seek to keep a record of individuals who have shown their proof of vaccination.  In order to do this, we will need to get each individual’s consent in writing.

This form will be used to obtain consent.  Once received, we will be allowed to keep a record of the fact that the consenting individual has had their proof of full vaccination verified.  This may mean that the consenting individual will not need to show their proof each time they enter one of our facilities – we can just refer to our records.

If consent is not given, we cannot keep any record about an individual’s vaccination status.  That means we cannot put them on a list of people who have shown their proof of full vaccination, nor can we put a checkmark or symbol by their name on a paper or electronic list.  Without consent we also cannot keep a list of people who have not shown proof of full vaccination.

Renters of Village facilities, except for family resource centre events and faith gatherings, will be required to agree to the Villages Proof of Full Vaccination Agreement, and will need to follow the steps in that agreement for their event(s).

Proof of Vaccination Requirements

Per the Province of Nova Scotia, a person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Nova Scotia in the following circumstances:

  • 14 days or more after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series of a Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca) following minimum dosing intervals. This includes a mix of these vaccines, such as one dose of AstraZeneca and one dose of Moderna
  • 14 days or more after receiving a one-dose series of a Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine (Janssen/Johnson & Johnson).
  • 14 days or more after receiving the final dose of any other World Health Organization authorized series of COVID-19 vaccine (such as Sinopharm or Sinovac).

People who received vaccine in another country that is not authorized by the World Health Organization can book appointments in Nova Scotia to get two doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or a combination of these two vaccines to achieve full vaccination 14 days after the second dose.

The day a person got their second/final dose of vaccine is considered day 1. They are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after. In other words, they can participate in an event or activity covered by Section 3.1 of this protocol on the 15th day or later as long as they show their proof of full vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccination documentation as provided and approved by the province that you were immunized and a valid Photo ID.

Users under the age of 12 years of age, or users with valid medical reasons (with valid medical exception letter), or Elementary, Junior and High School students participating in school programs are exempt from the policy.

Other Key COVID-19 Public Health Measures

  • Mask requirements for indoor public places remain in place.
  • All physical distancing and gathering/spectator limits will return to the regular capacity for our spaces (H. Douglas Boyce Village Hall, Commission Chambers, etc.)

Non-Compliance

There may be circumstances where members of the public do not comply with public health requirements.

The renter must not allow persons attempting to attend/participate your business/organization’s event at H. Douglas Boyce Village Hall to enter the building who do not meet the requirements of the proof of full vaccination policy or mask wearing without valid medical exemption. 

The renter must directly communicate with individuals found not following public health requirements and advise them to comply or leave the building.  If, after verbal instructions, the individual still refuses to comply with public health measures, the renter must contact the RCMP (a telephone is provided in the lobby).  The renter should take appropriate measures (i.e. pause the event, distance complying individuals from the non-complying party, etc.) until such time that the situation is resolved.

If the renter or an individual related to a renter refuses to follow public health requirements or fails to fulfill their responsibilities with respect to attendee compliance with public health requirements, a written warning will be issued warning of a ban from the facility, potentially for the remainder of year, season, or other specific time frame for continued non-compliance.

For more information on the provincial proof of full vaccination policy, visit https://novascotia.ca/pov.

For any questions or concerns relating to other municipal services, please call (902) 893-8083 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in animals.  Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.

As a result of the spread of COVID-19, a Provincial state of emergency has been declared by the Province of Nova Scotia, and a public health order has been issued under the Health Protection Act, along with various directives under Emergency Management Act, among others.  To view these documents, please visit the following website:  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/alerts-notices/

Everyone is expected to follow the guidelines issued by the Provincial Government found at the following website:

https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

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