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The province of Ontario has announced that as of September 22, 2021 a Proof of Vaccine program is required to access certain public settings and facilities. Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with government issued ID to access certain public settings and facilities.

Within the Town of Pelham operations, this program will be in place at the Pelham Meridian Community Centre.

Residents of Pelham are encouraged to access a paper or PDF vaccine receipt that includes all relevant information to prove that they are fully vaccinated. Beginning October 18 2021, an enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code is also available for download. 

Residents accessing the Meridian Community Centre (MCC) or Town rental facilities will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon entry to the facility. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with an approved physician note, until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated OR who are under the age of 18 and are participating in an organized sport within the facility, will be exempt from these requirements. Those accessing the MCC for a vaccination clinic or for Pathstone Mental Health walk-in clinics will also be exempt. Residents who are requiring access to the community centre, solely for the use of restrooms, will be required to complete the screening only.

Those residents accessing the Pelham public library branches and Pelham Town Hall,  based on current provincial regulations, will not be required to provide proof of vaccination.

Vaccination Requirement

What is the enhanced vaccine certificate?

The province of Ontario has launched the enhanced vaccine certificate, which includes a scannable QR code that can be presented to access businesses and settings where proof of vaccination is required for entry.

 

https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/

When can I receive my enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code?

As of October 18 at 6:00 a.m., the enhanced vaccine certificates will be available for all vaccinated Ontarians to download.

 

Ontario.ca/proofofvaccination

 

Ontarians can begin to download based on their birth month on the following schedule in advance of the 18th:

January to April: October 15

May to August: October 16

September to December: October 17

 

You can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to you.

How can I show my enhanced vaccine certificate?
You can provide either a paper or digital copy of your vaccine certificate.
I don’t have a computer how can I get a copy of my certificate?

You can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to you.

 

The Town of Pelham Public Library can also assist.

Can I use a QR code that I downloaded before October 15 2021?

QR codes downloaded prior to October 15 do not have the ability to be read as an enhanced vaccine certificate.

 

Visit Ontario.ca/proofofvaccination to download an updated copy.

Can I use the enhanced vaccine certificate at the Meridian Community Centre?

Beginning October 18th 2021, visitors to the Meridian Community Centre will be able to show the enhanced vaccine certificate with their ID to access the facility.

What is considered an "organized" sport?
Sporting organizations as approved by the Town of Pelham EOC. 
I would like to attend Public Skating at the MCC. 

All public skating participants who are 12 years of age and older are required to provide government issued photo ID and proof of vaccination. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated after receiving the full series of a COVID 19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada.

I would like to access the walking track at the Meridian Community Centre. 
All individuals access the walking track are who are 12 years of age and older are required to provide government issued photo ID and proof of vaccination. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated after receiving the full series of a COVID 19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada.
I am attending for a vaccination clinic held at the Meridian Community Centre. 

Individuals who are accessing the Meridian Community Centre in order to receive a COVID-19 vaccination are not required to provide any additional information.

I am attending a walk-in clinic for Pathstone Mental Health.

Individuals who are accessing the Meridian Community Centre in order to attend the walk-in clinic for Pathstone Mental Health, are required to provide contact tracing only to Pathstone. No proof of vaccination will be required to access the clinic. 

I am a parent/guardian and want to watch my child participate in an activity at the Meridian Community Centre.
All individuals 18+ who access the Meridian Community Centre, including parents or guardians of youth participating in an organized sport are required to provide government issued photo ID and proof of vaccination. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated after receiving the full series of a COVID 19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada. 
I am a coach or registered volunteer support with a sport organization, what is required to access the Meridian Community Centre.

Individuals who are accessing the Meridian Community Centre (MCC) in the capacity of a coach or registered volunteer/trainer with their sport organization, and are present with the team actively participating and have provided their information on the pre-registration rosters in advance, are not required to provide proof of vaccination to the MCC for entry. 

I am an essential caregiver for an individual accessing the Meridian Community Centre, with conditions that require regular and sustained assistance for daily living.

Individuals who are accessing the Meridian Community Centre (MCC) in the capacity of an essential caregiver for an individual who requires the regular and sustained assistance of a caregiver for daily life as a result of intellectual or developmental disability, will not be required to provide proof of vaccination. Caregivers will need to provide information for the purposes of contact tracing for entry into the Meridian Community Centre. 
Are the washrooms available? 

Individuals who are accessing the Meridian Community Centre solely for the use of restroom facilities are required to provide contact tracing only at the screening desk. No proof of vaccination will be required to access the restrooms. 

How do I access proof of vaccination?

Download or print your vaccination receipt at www.ontario.ca/proofofvaccination

For questions, call: 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

Help is available 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm in more than 300 languages. 

I am not fully vaccinated and have approved medical documentation, what am I required to show for entry into the Meridian Community Centre?

When a visitor to the Meridian Community Centre is not able to provide proof of being full vaccinated against COVID-10, but instead provides medical documentation, the visitor must also provide a COVID-19 antigen testing and demonstrate a negative result dated within 7 days of entry to the Meridian Community Center. 

 

Medical documentation does need to be complete for a full exemption.

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What the Town of Pelham is doing:

The Town of Pelham's response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is guided by the expert advice of the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and the Region of Niagara Public Health. 

In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 to both the public and Town Staff, the Town has reopened its facilities based on strict public health guidelines. Town Hall is open with limited capacity and visitors are required to complete a self screening. The Meridian Community Centre (MCC) is open with limited capacity and by pre-registering for programs. As of September 22, 2021 proof of vaccination is required to access the MCC. Residents accessing the Meridian Community Centre (MCC) or Town rental facilities will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon entry to the facility. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with an approved physician note, until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated OR who are under the age of 18 and are participating in an organized sport within the facility, will be exempt from these requirements. Those accessing the MCC for a vaccination clinic or for Pathstone Mental Health walk-in clinics will also be exempt. Residents who are requiring access to the community centre, solely for the use of restrooms, will be required to complete the screening only.

Before reopening, a variety of pre-return checks, tasks, and assessments were completed to ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone, including preparing the building with floor stickers for appropriate distancing, preparing staff and their workspaces, controlling access to buildings through screening, reducing touch-points, and increasing cleaning.

All meeting rooms will be wiped down and cleaned after each meeting and individual offices will not be used for meetings. Welcoming guests in this manner ensures the health and safety of Town staff and the public.

Residents who wish to make water or tax payments are encouraged to sign up for preauthorized payments or can do so via online or in-person banking; cheques can also be dropped off at the Town Hall drop box outside the lower level doors. Alternative options for payment of taxes and fees include payment through a financial institution, pre-authorized payment and cheque payment. A drop box outside of Town Hall is also available to deposit cheques and documents.

Staff continue to be available to assist the public, Monday - Friday, 8:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. by phone at 905-892-2607 or by email, in addition to in person. 

To conduct business at Town Hall, the Town encourages people to make contact by telephone or electronically. For matters where it is impractical to do so visitors can access the Town Hall facility after completing a self screening and signing in.

For a complete list of employee contact information, click here

We remind residents that all Council meetings are live-streamed through the Town of Pelham YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/townofpelham/live

Residents are strongly encouraged to practice physical distancing, limit all public gatherings, avoid touching your face and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. Hand sanitizer is suitable when soap and water is unavailable. 

Updated September 21, 2021

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