Recreational Water Facilities

Proof of Vaccination Requirements for Patrons - Guidance for Businesses and Organizations

Effective September 22, 2021, patrons will be required to provide proof of vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings. Provincial regulations and guidance documents to support implementation of these requirements are provided here:

For posters, please visit our Signs and Posters page.

Provincial Rules under the Reopening Ontario Act

Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen is a three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures.

For an overview of provincial rules currently in effect:

For detailed rules, review the regulations below. Note that all regulations include general rules applicable to all businesses and organizations, followed by additional sector-specific rules.

WDGPH Section 22 Class Order – Face Coverings

Workplace Safety Plan

Most businesses are required to have a safety plan and make it available upon request. Visit the COVID-19 response framework to determine if your business is required to have a workplace safety plan.

Screening Tools for Workplaces

All businesses and organizations are required to actively screen employees prior to entry to the workplace.

Some settings are also required to actively screen all persons all persons entering the facilities. For further details, visit Screening Patrons - A Tool for Businesses and Organization.

Collecting Patron Information

According to instructions issued by the Province, facilities for sports and recreational fitness activity are required to record the name and contact information of every person that enters their establishment. 

WDGPH Guidance Document

Swimming Pools, Spas or Hot Tubs, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools

All indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spas/hot tubs, splash pads, and wading pools may open to the public with restrictions.

  • This includes public pools as well as pools situated in hotels, motels, condo parks, resorts and other private facilities.
  • Waterparks, saunas, steam rooms and bathhouses are not yet permitted to reopen.
  • Change rooms and showers will be available to the public if operators can adequately sanitize and disinfect the facilities.
  • Workplaces, community spaces and events that pose the highest risk, such as amusement parks and waterparks will reopen at a later date.

Persons in the place of business shall maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from each other at all times by:

  • Reducing resting areas and pool capacity.
  • Limiting and distancing pool-side seating.
  • Timed entry (e.g., appointment only).
  • Equipment rented or loaned must be disinfected or quarantined appropriately between uses.
  • Aquatic activities such as fitness classes and swim lessons must be in line with physical distancing measures. For example, only other household members can assist swimmers with physical contact.

The Ontario Government and health and safety associations have released sector specific safety guidance documents and posters to assist with planning and preparing for re-opening safely and to help prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.   Please thoroughly review these workplace resources for information applicable to your business.  Please also continue to ensure compliance with Ontario Regulation 565 Public Pools.

Other Resources

In the Workplace

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Cleaning and Disinfection for Public areas


As directed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, public pools and spas/hot tubs require a re-opening inspection before being permitted to open.  Splash pads and wading pools do not require a re-opening inspection and are permitted to open on May 22, 2021 at 12:01am, once the minimum precautions and plans are in place that meet the requirements provided in the information and resources listed above.

Once your public pool or spa/hot tub is ready for an opening inspection, please complete this Recreational Water Facility Opening Notification Form and submit to

Please also be aware that Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is unable to review individual business COVID-19 reopening plans

If, after reviewing the resources available, you have additional questions, you can contact a public health inspector at 519-822-2715 extension 4753 or