Covid-19 Guidelines and Safety Measures - What to expect at the WMS Annual Congress 2022

***UPDATE - 26th September 2022: Government of Canada to remove COVID-19 border and travel measures effective October 1. More information here***

WMS is closely monitoring the situation and is keeping in close contact with the local health authorities and the venue in Halifax to ensure the health and safety of all on site participants of WMS 2022 in Halifax, Canada – please read carefully before beginning your registration. 

These guidelines apply to delegates and accompanying persons.

The information below is valid as of December 2021 and will be updated regularly. In-person registration follows the below guidelines as per the Canadian Government, Nova Scotia Province and Halifax Convention Centre Protocols.

Travelling to Canada (foreign nationals)

Find out if you can enter Canada:  
Fully vaccinated foreign nationals can enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) reasons, such as tourism and to attend events, but you must:

  • be fully vaccinated, you must have received, and show proof of, the full series, or a combination of, vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), COVAXIN, Sinopharm and Sinovac. Unfortunately, this vaccine list is outside of the WMS Congress' control. We encourage delegates to keep reassessing the official situation in the coming weeks or months
  • UPDATE: from 1st April 2022 you will no longer need to have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before your scheduled flight or arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests” are not accepted
  • have no COVID symptoms
  • submit your mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan in case you do not meet the necessary requirements at the border
  • be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  • take a free mandatory randomised test on arrival, if selected (no need to self-isolate pending a negative result)
Medical conditions that prevent you from being vaccinated

Unvaccinated travellers over the age of 12 are not required to quarantine upon entering Canada if they meet the following conditions:

  • have a medical contraindication for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, and
  • comply with the public health measures outlined in the handout provided to them at the border

For more information on requirements for exempt travellers.

Nova Scotia protocol regarding vaccine exemptions

Medical Exemptions

People with a valid medical reason that prevents them from getting vaccinated can request an exception from the requirement to show proof of full vaccination for events and activities. Medical exceptions will only be granted in the case of a few circumstances listed in: (see page 15). 

People who live in Nova Scotia must ask a physician or nurse practitioner to complete and

  • sign a Valid Medical Contraindication for COVID-19 Vaccination letter attesting that they
  • have a valid medical reason that prevents vaccination. Physicians and nurse practitioners
  • have a template of this letter to complete

People who live outside Nova Scotia can apply to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for a medical exception to use in this province.
If you qualify for vaccine exemption, please contact Clare Beach [email protected] before registering to discuss the case. 

Venue specific requirements
Proof of full vaccination – REQUIRED DURING REGISTRATION
Original proof of full vaccination records is acceptable in digital formats or as clear photos, screenshots and photocopies. You will be required to upload your vaccination certificate during registration. 
Your proof of vaccination must show all the following information to demonstrate proof of full vaccination: 

  • the person’s name 
  • the brand(s) of vaccine received (such as Moderna, Pfizer, etc) 
  • an indication that all required doses for that brand of vaccine were received 
  • the date when the final dose was received

During the congress you must also:

  • wear a face covering when not actively eating/drinking (non-medical masks are acceptable) – for exemptions to mask wearing, please see below
  • maintain social distance as much as possible
  • carry a valid copy of your vaccination certificate with you at all times in case of health inspections
  • carry a valid ID which may be checked alongside your vaccine certificate (accepted forms of ID: driver’s license, passport, government issued ID card, health card, birth certificate, student card, Secure Certificate of Indian Status)

Your proof of vaccination my also be checked upon entering the venue. 

Mask wearing exemptions

The venue has agreed to approach each case individually. Generally, a signed, hand-written note from a family doctor or nurse practitioner is acceptable. In some additionally exceptional circumstances, a decision can be made between the venue and the event organiser on how to handle specific, one-off cases.  

We need to be aware of these situations in advance so please inform us of any such cases after registration by emailing Clare Beach [email protected]  





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