October 1, 2021

The YMCA would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, participants, staff, volunteers and community partners for their commitment to health and safety for themselves and for one another over the past several months.

On Monday October 4, Nova Scotia enters into Phase 5 and is mandating Proof of Vaccination for discretionary activities for those ages 12 and up.  Discretionary activities include fitness & recreational facilities. This directly impacts the John W. Lindsay YMCA and the Community YMCA. These are mandatory measures and the YMCA will comply as of October 4.

Nova Scotia Public Health’s Mandatory Proof of Vaccination Policy will impact you as follows at the John W. Lindsay YMCA and the Community YMCA:

  • 12 years and up: Proof of Vaccine will be required for entry for all members, participants and adults accompanying a child/children to a Y program, including swim lessons.
  • 12 – 18 years (with one dose of vaccine):  Must provide proof of second dose by November 9, 2021
  • 12 years (unvaccinated): Will have a grace period and will be required to show proof of vaccine by Dec 31, 2021
  • Turning 12 years after Oct 4, 2021:  Allowed 3 months from 12th birthday to get fully vaccinated
  • 11 years and under: No Proof of Vaccine required

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/

Further to these protective measures, the YMCA will be working with our staff and volunteer teams to ensure that all are vaccinated. This is an ongoing process with more information to come.

As a YMCA member/participant, once you show your Proof of Vaccine at the Welcome Desk and our Welcome Desk staff have confirmed it, we will update your YMCA account, and you will not be required to provide it again.

We anticipate access through the YMCA Welcome Desks will be slower during the week of October 4, as we begin to implement these measures. You do not have to wait until October 4th to show your Proof of Vaccine. You can do this at any time at the Welcome Desk. Please show your proof of vaccine card which is available to you online here: http://nshealth.ca/content/immunization-records-request

Please be advised that, if you are wanting to access the John W. Lindsay and/or the Community YMCA on and after October 4, and you do not have Proof of Vaccine, Welcome Desk staff will not permit your entry. If you have concerns with this, please reach out to:

Michelle Rivoire, General Manager JWL YMCA [email protected]

TL Johannesson, General Manager, Child & Youth [email protected]

The POV does not apply to YMCA Early Learning Centres, YMCA After School Care (YPHD), NS Works YMCA Employment Centres or YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs.

At this time, we would like to remind our members/participants 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 city and our Province. If you have any questions or would like to discuss our health and safety operational practices, please contact Brian Posavad, President & CEO [email protected]

More information can be found here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.

Yours in health,

YMCA of Greater Halifax Team