Council run pools, libraries and and iSites in Central Otago will require a vaccine passport for everyone aged 12 and over from tomorrow.
That is a decision that has led to some pushback on social media.
The region, like the rest of the South Island, is at Orange in the new traffic light settings the Government introduced in response to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
In a release last week, the council said to keep people and communities safe, the Central Otago District Council (CODC) had decided that it would require vaccine passes at some of its facilities.
The council adopted a phasing in approach to have systems in place and to allow the community to prepare for these changes.
That meant from tomorrow, visitors aged 12 and over would have to show their My Vaccine Pass on arrival at the following facilities: All CODC-run pools— Alexandra, Cromwell and Ranfurly pools, all Central Otago libraries, and at the council-run iSites in Ranfurly and Roxburgh.
Both the Roxburgh iSite and library operate as a shared service with the council’s Roxburgh Service Centre meaning that will also require a vaccine pass for entry.
At all other counciloffices and facilities the council will be working withinthe traffic light settings requiring people to mask up, social distance, scan or sign-in, and observe capacity limits.
CODC chief executive Sanchia Jacobs said she encouraged people to consider getting vaccinated for themselves and for their community.
‘‘We are in a very challenging and dynamic environment and things can change at short notice.
‘‘I have made decisions I believe to be balanced for the risk profile specific to Central Otago and staff at CODC, conscious that some of our facilities require intermingling of people in close proximity, and that the school holidays and increased domestic travel is fast approaching.’’