[BCMA] Proof of vaccination information for Museums, Galleries, Science Centres, Heritage Sites, and Indigenous Cultural Organizations - Sep 8, 2021
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Proof of vaccination information for Museums, Galleries, Science Centres,
Heritage Sites, and Indigenous Cultural Organizations - Sep 8, 2021
Today the BCMA attended a meeting with the Province of BC led by Brian
Emerson, Assistant Deputy Provincial Health Officer, that shared updates on
how events, services and businesses are required to check a person's proof
of vaccination for access to their venue or space.
At this time, museums, galleries, science centres, heritage sites, and
Indigenous cultural organizations are not included in the list of places
where proof of vaccination is required for entry
the Province is currently assessing if museums, and similar organizations,
should be added to this list. We hope to have a definitive ruling before
the end of the week.
What does this mean for museums?
Brain Emerson confirmed today that organizations not currently included in
the list of places where proof of vaccination is required for entry may
choose to require proof of vaccination from patrons. If it eases your
COVID-19 safety planning, you can choose to require proof of vaccination,
regardless of what is decided by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO).
The Province also noted that these new health orders are intended to apply
primarily to indoor experiences, if your site is primarily outside, you
will likely be exempt.
How Proof of Vaccination Will Work
Starting on September 13, 2021, the following organizations/businesses
be required to check for proof of vaccination (please note, this list is
being updated regularly). From September 13 to 26, BC residents may choose
to use the paper records provided by vaccination sites as proof of
vaccination or choose to use their digital BC Vaccine Card
Starting September 13, organizations/businesses can download the BC Vaccine
Card Verifier app. The app is free to download and works on smartphones and
It will be available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Apple iOS 11 or greater
Android 8.1 or greater
The device must have a camera
An internet connection is only required to download the app - once
downloaded, the app will work without an internet connection.
A walkthrough on using the app is available here:
After verifying proof of vaccination, you must also review ID. By reviewing
ID, you match the name listed on the BC Vaccine Card or other form of proof
of vaccination with the person you're verifying.
You don't need to check ID for youth aged 12 to 18. You can use your
discretion to determine if someone is between the ages of 12 to 18.
Accepted forms of valid government photo ID, for example:
B.C. driver's licence or BC Services Card
Some people may have their legal name on their vaccine card and a preferred
or common name on their ID. You may also ask for a secondary piece of ID
and use your discretion.
Verifying out-of-province proof of vaccination
You may have people who aren't from BC accessing your events, services and
businesses. They must follow the same requirements and provide proof of
vaccination and ID.
Follow the same 2 steps, verify proof of vaccination and review ID for a
People from other provinces or territories
People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:
Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
Valid government photo ID
A printable document that includes all Canadian proof of vaccination
records will be available soon, but a specific date has not been specified.
International visitors must show:
Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada (like ArriveCAN
- the BCMA is attempting to confirm what these documents look like.
Materials For Your Site
Printable materials (posters, reference guides, FAQs) are available here:
Based on the past 24 hours, it appears that new resources are being added
quickly, so it would be worth checking this site frequently over the coming
Go2HR <https://www.go2hr.ca/> is working to create online training
materials (you might be interested in this script for RESPONDING TO
DIFFICULT GUEST SITUATIONS DURING A PANDEMIC
and should have more details available soon.
Arts BC is offering a Legal Lunch & Learn: Returning to Work in the Fourth
on September 28th. Registration is available here:
The BCMA is offering a free webinar in partnership with Go2HR on September
29th, Walking the Tightrope: Balancing Challenging Customer Interactions
with Positive Guest Experiences
<https://museum.bc.ca/event-list/?eid=52&instid=226>. Registration is
available here: https://museum.bc.ca/event-list/?eid=52&instid=226
Member Questions FAQs
The BCMA has received these questions from members and we will share
answers to the best of our current knowledge.
What guidance will be provided to organizations for how to check non-BC
Specific examples of how to check non-BC proof of vaccination are
being developed by the Province and will be available here:
What should museums do that don’t have stable internet connections or
access to smartphones?
The checker app will not require a stable internet connection to
work. Paper vaccine records can be checked until September 26th. However,
it was said in the meeting, and we will share a link to written
confirmation when available, that organizations can choose to visually
check paper records of BC Vaccine Card alongside valid ID.
What should multi-use facilities do (i.e. shared museum/library spaces)?
We don’t have a firm answer at this point.
What support can we expect in terms of messaging, signage, etc. on this
Support materials are available here (
and more materials seem to be added regularly.
Will proof of vaccination be required to access public museums and
galleries and related public/educational programs held indoors including
talks, group tours, class visits, workshops, performances and stand-up
opening receptions? (whether ticketed or free admission)
Currently, proof of vaccination is not required at:
Before and after school programs for K to 12 students
Student events and activities in K to 12 public and independent
Indoor organized events with less than 50 people, except adult
However, “Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities
like pottery, art and choir” do require proof of vaccination.
We are seeking clarification on the difference between “indoor
organized group recreational activities” and “indoor organized events.”
The BCMA is working with our partners in government to provide clear,
actionable information to our members and sector at large. We will continue
to share news and updates as they are made available. Working in
partnership with the Province and the PHO, we will all work to ensure that
our staff, volunteers, and community members continue to be as safe and
well-protected as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have any questions, please contact us at bcma at museum.bc.ca.
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