Health & Safety

The health and safety of players, spectators, and all involved in the events remains our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor global developments and are in constant communication with all levels of government and health authorities.

The HSBC Canada Sevens events will operate in accordance with the Government of Canada’s intended international border opening on September 7, 2021, meaning all tournament participants will be fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

KEY INFORMATION FOR ATTENDING FANS:

Do you need to be vaccinated to come to Sevens?

Yes. As of October 24, 2021, BC Place requires people aged 12 and older to be fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine. Partial vaccination is no longer accepted.

All tournament participants/athletes are required to be vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

  • The official BC Vaccine Card is the only proof of vaccination accepted for people living in BC. Guests can find information on downloading their BC Vaccine card here.
  • Guests from outside BC must show officially recognized vaccine records from their province or territory. Visitors from outside Canada are required to show the proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada, as well as their passport.
  • In addition, all guests aged 19 and older will be asked to show a valid government photo ID such as driver’s license, BC Service Card, passport or photo ID from another province or territory. Guests aged 12 to 18 are not required to produce photo ID.

What teams will be attending in 2022?

All 16 core Series teams are expected to return to BC Place in 2022, including Fiji, Australia, Samoa, England, Scotland, Wales, France and Argentina. New Zealand has tentatively accepted the invitation to the Vancouver event, pending confirmation of travel logistics.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Fans that are 12+ years of age must wear masks at all times during the event, including when sitting in their seats (unless eating and drinking)

Has the event been approved (by government)?

Yes, the BC Provincial Health Authority has fully supported our event in planning and executions. Canada Sevens will operate within all relevant local restrictions in Vancouver. Detailed COVID plans and protocols have been put in place for teams and tournament staff, and BC Place has updated COVID-19 policies to comply with provincial health guidance.

Will there be separate entrances for specific tickets?

Yes, please refer to your ticket for your entry gate. Due to enhanced COVID screening procedures, fans are encouraged to arrive early and allow time for stadium entry

OTHER HEALTH & SAFETY FAQ’S

Do I need to provide a negative COVID-19 test to enter the stadiums?

No. However, as of October 24, 2021, BC Place requires people aged 12 and older to be fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine. Partial vaccination is no longer accepted. Fans that are 12+ years of age must wear masks at all times during the event, including when sitting in their seats (unless eating and drinking)

All tournament participants/athletes are required to be vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

  • The official BC Vaccine Card is the only proof of vaccination accepted for people living in BC. Guests can find information on downloading their BC Vaccine card here.
  • Guests from outside BC must show officially recognized vaccine records from their province or territory. Visitors from outside Canada are required to show the proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada, as well as their passport.
  • In addition, all guests aged 19 and older will be asked to show a valid government photo ID such as driver’s license, BC Service Card, passport or photo ID from another province or territory. Guests aged 12 to 18 are not required to produce photo ID.

Are GA seats going to be available?

Yes, GA seating will be available in 2022. For ticket information, please click HERE

What if I am attending from out of province?

Out of province or country guests, must show home province vaccination records or the ArriveCAN app with a second piece of ID.

What are the rules surrounding bags at the event?

BC Place has introduced a Clear Bag policy for all guests attending events at the venue to make entry faster, safer and easier for everyone. A bag check service will be available at Gates C and H. Bags may be checked here for the duration of your event at a cost of $10 per bag.

  • Guests are encouraged not to bring bags to the stadium.
  • Guests may enter with one clear plastic bag that is no larger than 12” x 12” x 6”.
  • Guests may also carry one wallet, no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”.
  • Exceptions may be provided for diaper bags, and for medically necessary items that cannot fit into a clear bag.
  • All bags are subject to search, including enhanced screening, if required.

Can I bring hand sanitizer into the stadiums?

Yes.

Will there be staggered arrival times for fans?

No, but multiple gates will be open for stadium entry. Please refer to your ticket for your dedicated entry gate.

Will there be a staggered departure for fans?

No. Given the nature of the event and the length of each day, 7s tournaments often have a natural staggered departure.

Will there be increased cleaning at the stadiums?

Yes, each stadium has enhanced COVID cleaning protocols and a team of dedicated cleaners will be working prior to and throughout the events to ensure main touch points such as handrails, door handles and counters are cleaned on a regular basis.

Will hand sanitizers be available at entry gates?

Yes.

What is the In and Out Policy?

Fans are permitted to leave the stadium until 3PM on both days of each event. After 3PM fans will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the stadium – fans that departed the stadium prior to 3PM will be allowed to re-enter.

What are the specific stadium policies?

BC Place and Commonwealth Stadium both have updated policies related to health & safety as it pertains to COVID-19. 

Can I attend the events if I have traveled from a different country in the last 14-days?

Fans must abide by Government of Canada regulations. If you have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine and are not required to quarantine, you may attend.

* Please note that Health & Safety protocols are subject to change in accordance with Provincial Health Authority regulations. This page will be updated as required.