Wellington councils introduce vaccine certificate requirements

Wellington City Council will require vaccine certificates at public facilities including swimming pools, recreation centres, gyms, libraries, cemetery offices and chapels, and the service centre.

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Wellington City Council will require vaccine certificates at public facilities including swimming pools, recreation centres, gyms, libraries, cemetery offices and chapels, and the service centre.

Councils across the Wellington region have introduced rules requiring vaccine certificates at the majority of pools, libraries and recreation centres.

The big exception is Upper Hutt City Council, which will not require vaccine passes to be shown at almost any of its public facilities.

Wellington

Wellington City Council will require vaccine certificates at public facilities including swimming pools, recreation centres, gyms, libraries, cemetery offices and chapels, and the Service Centre.

There are 75 public-facing council sites in total where vaccine certificates will be required.

Parks, playgrounds, cemetery exteriors, and public toilets will operate as normal with QR code scanning and mask requirements in place.

Upper Hutt

Vaccine passes will not be required at most public facilities, including Upper Hutt Libraries, the Council’s Civic Centre and the H2O Xtream Aquatic Centre.

The lone exception will be the arts and events centre Whirinaki Whare Taonga, which will require visitors to be fully vaccinated.

In a statement, Upper Hutt City Council emphasised that the decision to not require vaccine certificates may change as further information comes to light, or the Government makes more changes. A review will take place on December 17.

Hutt City

Only those who have been double vaccinated and have a My Vaccine Pass will be able to visit Hutt City Council pools, gyms, libraries, museums, and hubs.

“We recognise that getting vaccinated is a personal choice. However, as with all choices, there can be consequences. At Council we’re not prepared to risk the safety of our staff or the wider community,” chief executive Jo Miller said.

Porirua

Vaccine passes will be required at all indoor council facilities, including Te Rauparaha Arena and all pools, libraries, and council offices.

Passes will not be required at Spicer Landfill and bulk recycling or outdoor areas such as playgrounds, parks, courts or the Splash Pad.

Kāpiti

Vaccine passes will be required at all Kāpiti Coast District Council libraries, pools, community halls and venues.

Passes will not be required at the services centre in the Paraparaumu Civic Building or at open public spaces such as parks, sports grounds and public toilets.

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