CODC to lift vaccine pass

From next Tuesday, a vaccine pass will not be required for entry to Central Otago District Council’s pools, libraries and iSites.

CODC Chief Executive Sanchia Jacobs announced the changes following the Government’s recent easing of vaccine pass requirements, which take effect from 5 April, and the Council’s risk assessment of each site.

“We know a lot more about the general nature of the Omicron variant now. That, coupled with the high number of Central Otago residents that have been vaccinated, gives me the confidence to lift the vaccine pass requirements at our facilities and continue to operate in a way that keeps our customers and staff safe.

“There are still a number of unknowns with COVID-19 and potential future variants, but for now we no longer deem the requirements of a vaccine pass necessary.”

Ms Jacobs wished to thank the public for their support of the measures that had been taken and recognised that some people did not agree with them. She looked forward to seeing all residents back using the facilities.

CODC Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisor Rachel Ennis wished to assure the public that the Council had all the appropriate measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable facility.

“It is important to respect measures that are in place, like mask wearing, capacity numbers and physical distancing, so that we can keep offering our services to as many people as possible.

“If we can do that then we will be able to keep our staff safe and our facilities open throughout the outbreak.”