COVID-19 Municipal Updates

The City of Fort St. John is taking necessary and reasonable precautions, following the direction of the Provincial Government, to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our employees, residents, and visitors are paramount. City actions are consistent with the direction provided by the Provincial Government's BC Restart Plan and other provincial agencies and partners.

Proof of Vaccination Requirements

Beginning September 13, 2021, the City of Fort St. John will be required to verify proof of vaccination using the BC Vaccine Card for certain discretionary activities.

Based on the Provincial Health Order, visitors and participants will be required to show their BC Vaccine Card and government-issued photo identification at City recreational facilities for the following activities:

  • Adult fitness, sport or dance activities for those 22 years of age and older
  • Events, bookings, and gatherings of more than 50 participants

Proof of vaccination is NOT required for the following:

  • Recreation and sport activities for those 21 years of age and under
  • Public swimming, skating, and Northern Vac Track operations, when not associated with an event
  • Workers at the workplace, including coaches and volunteers who are required to run the program
  • Before and after school programs
  • Teachers and instructors providing education activities
  • Language and employment courses and training
  • Government activities and services, including Council Meetings

Spectators for youth sports and programs will be limited to no more than 50 people and some seating may be closed to manage gatherings.

Get your BC Vaccine Card

The BC Vaccine Card includes a secure, individualized QR code and an image showing whether a person is "vaccinated" or "partially vaccinated." People can get their BC Vaccine Card online at gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard. You are encouraged to save or print your BC Vaccine Card to avoid wait times.

Mask Use Required

As of Wednesday, August 25, 2021, the Provincial Health Officer ordered masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces, including all City buildings, to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season. 

Access City Services

While all City facilities are open for services, many have additional safety measures. To ensure the safety of our workplaces and our community, please do not visit a City facility if you are ill or required to self-isolate. Instead, City staff are able to provide services, in alternative forms, such as by email and phone; visit the Contact Directory for their information

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Council Meetings

The public is able to attend all open Council meetings; however, residents can watch Council meetings live or recorded. Additionally, residents can submit correspondence to Council, to be included as part of the meeting agenda:

Recreation and Visitor Centre

In response to the BC Restart Plan, the Recreation and Leisure Department has developed a Recreation Restart Plan that outlines the safe re-introduction of recreation services, facilities, parks and playgrounds, special events, and user rentals in Fort St. John.

City parks, trails and equipment are available for use. Remember to enjoy our parks safely and responsibly by ensuring proper physical distancings, staying home if you are sick, avoiding overcrowding, and frequent handwashing. Additionally, all outdoor equipment is not being cleaned or disinfected.

Vaccine Cards are required for some programs and services: Recreation Vaccine Card Plan_PUBLIC.pdf [PDF - 182 KB]

Details regarding current restrictions in Recreation Facilities can be found here: COVID-19 Restriction Updates [PDF - 145 KB]

Details regarding events can be found here: COVID-19 Event Procedures [PDF - 145 KB]

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Personal Precautions

Whether at home, or in a City facility, all staff, residents, and visitors are asked to take the following personal precautions, as recommended by public health authorities:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are feeling unwell
  • Practice social distancing, ensuring people stay 2 metres apart and avoiding close personal contact

Additional Staff Precautions

The City of Fort St. John, following the recommendations of federal and provincial health officials, will be requiring any staff who return from international travel to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, staff travel for business purposes has been suspended.

Our Occupational Health and Safety program provides ongoing reminders to employees about safe hygiene practices throughout the year, including emphasizing proper handwashing and staying home if they are unwell.

More Information

Further updates on the City of Fort St. John's operations will be provided here and shared through the City’s social media channels.