Where the PEI Vax Pass is and is not required

Where Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is Required

  • Indoor and outdoor organized gatherings/events, including but not limited to:
    • Sporting events and recreational activities*, and spectators at youth sporting events or recreational activities
      • *Does not apply to individuals 18 years old or younger participating in youth sport or recreational activities (spectators must be vaccinated)
      • If a sport or recreational activities includes participants under age 19 and over age 19, proof-of-vaccination is required for all participants unless the two age groups can be kept separate by at least 2m/6ft and do not interact with each other
    • Concerts, and arts, theatre, and music events
    • Wedding and funeral receptions and wakes
    • Conferences, trade fairs and workshops
    • Group activities and classes* like pottery, art and choir
      • *Does not apply to individuals 18 years old or younger participating in youth group activities and classes (spectators must be vaccinated)
      • If a group activity or class includes participants under age 19 and over age 19, proof-of-vaccination is required for all participants unless the two age groups can be kept separate by at least 2m/6ft and do not interact with each other
    • Adult group and team sports for people 19 years of age and older
    • Birthday parties, baby showers and other similar gatherings (regardless of number pf participants) that occur at locations other than private residences or outdoor public places
  • Food premises and licensed premises (indoor and patio dining), including:
    • Restaurants
    • Cafes
    • Bars
    • Liquor tasting rooms in wineries, breweries or distilleries
  • Casinos and movie theatres
  • Indoor gyms, exercise/dance facilities/studios, swimming pools and skating rinks
    • *Does not apply to individuals 18 years old or younger exercising at fitness facility individually (participation in group classes with individuals older than 18 not exempt); provided the exempt individuals and other patrons can be kept separate by at least 2m/6ft and do not interact with each other
  • Outdoor facilities for organized gatherings/events
  • Arcades and bowling alleys
  • Meetings where members of the general public may be present (like annual general meetings of businesses or organizations), except where those meetings fall under an exemption per the Examples of Where Proof of Vaccination is Not Required below (for example municipal council meetings, meetings related to support groups or health care, etc.).

Examples of Where Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is NOT Required

You do not have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at places or in settings such as:

  • Personal gatherings (i.e. friends and family getting together at someone’s home), following the personal gathering limit
  • Retail including, but not limited to:
    • Grocery stores
    • Convenience stores
    • Pharmacies
    • Clothing stores
    • Liquor stores
    • Yard sales

    • Markets and craft fairs (that are solely retail, and do not include any activities that could involve people gathering such as presentations or shows)

  • Take-out, drive-through and delivery at food premises
  • Local public transportation (i.e. T3 Transit, taxis)
  • Salons, hairdressers, barbers and other personal services
  • Hotels, resorts, cabins and campsites
    • Proof of vaccination is required for settings or events covered in the list above (e.g. a licensed hotel restaurant, wedding reception or conference, and exercise/fitness facility)
  • Banks, credit unions and other financial institutions
  • Public libraries, museums, art galleries (unless they are the location of an event)
  • Food banks and shelters
  • Health care services, rehabilitation or exercise therapy programs, counselling services and self-help, and drug and alcohol support groups and programs
  • Long term care and community care following existing CPHO directives
  • Locations that offer government services and social services (e.g. Access PEI)
  • Family resource centres and adult day programs for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Business meetings, board meetings, council meetings, and other activities in an organization’s workplace or usual place of business that involve people who regularly work together, and where members of the general public are not present

  • Legislatively-required meetings where public participation cannot occur virtually (for example: municipal council meetings, public consultations, nomination meetings, etc.)

  • One-on-one meetings between a single individual (or household/family) and another individual, employee or business representative, or official

You don't have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at events like:

  • Worship services
  • Certain ceremonial activities and observances, including wedding ceremonies, funeral ceremonies, graduation ceremonies, and cenotaph services
  • Drive-in events where individuals are in vehicles during the gathering, except to access washroom facilities, concession stands, etc.  Participants and spectators gathering outside of vehicles at drive-in events are required to show proof-of-vaccination
  • Individuals 18 years old or younger participating in youth sport and recreational activities  (spectators must be vaccinated)
  • Before and after school programs for K to 12 students
  • Student events and activities in K to 12 public and independent schools

Gatherings, settings, meetings and events where proof-of-vaccination is not required must follow the guidance for where proof-of-vaccination is not required.

For greater clarity, participants at youth activities (where all participants are under age 19) must follow the non-Vax Pass cohort size limits and measures for the youth participants e.g. 100 indoor, 200 outdoor and 100 for close contact activities (e.g. sports). This limit applies over the span of a calendar day, such as at a tournament. Designated individuals (e.g. parents or volunteers) may assist these participants as necessary and would not be counted toward the cohort limit. Records for contact tracing are also required for these activities where the participants are not being checked for proof of vaccination. Sports organizations’ team lists are appropriate records for contact tracing purposes.

In settings that are exempt from requiring a Vax Pass for patrons, or for activities where participants are exempt (e.g. activities for youth 18 and younger), the CPHO recommends not implementing proof of vaccination requirements for patrons over and above the existing measures. If organizations choose to adopt the proof of vaccination measures for patrons, they are not eligible for the PEI Vax Pass public health measures, meaning they must continue to maintain cohorts and physical distancing between people from different households/close social groups. The public health measures for non Vax Pass events are available here.

For Volunteers

A PEI Vax Pass or proof of vaccination is required for volunteers at the events and activities where a proof of vaccination is required.

For Employees

The Chief Public Health Office considers employment to be a non-discretionary activity and an important factor in contributing to an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. The PEI Vax Pass program does not apply to staff and employees, including at locations/activities where the program applies to patrons.

To date, the CPHO has not implemented a mandatory vaccination requirement in any place of employment. The CPHO has implemented vaccinate-or-test requirements in select front-line public services who serve vulnerable populations, including health care, education, early learning child care centres and correctional services, for example, whereby staff who are not fully vaccinated or who choose not to disclose their vaccination status must be tested on a regular basis to attend their place of employment. For those interested, a sample vaccinate-or-test policy template is available.

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to operate within the parameters of the current public health orders. The CPHO advises that businesses and organizations should continue to follow existing public health measures for staff. Maintaining public health measures like physical distancing between staff, the use of non-medical masks, frequent hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and exclusion policies to ensure sick or self-isolating staff do not attend the workplace are important to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission in workplace environments.  Measures continue to be evaluated and adjusted based on level of risk.

Organizations and businesses not covered by current public health orders that implement mandatory vaccination policies for staff do so at their own discretion, and not at the direction of the Chief Public Health Office or the Province of PEI. Organizations should consider the impact of a mandatory vaccination policy on staff and customers and make it clear that the policy is business-specific and not a provincial directive.

Published date: 
November 23, 2021
Health and Wellness

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Department of Health and Wellness
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Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
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