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Rangitīkei District Council requires vaccine passes for public facilities

Vaccine passes or a negative Covid-19 test will soon be required at some Rangitīkei council facilities.

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Vaccine passes or a negative Covid-19 test will soon be required at some Rangitīkei council facilities.

A rural district classified as ‘‘red’’ in the Covid-19 traffic light system will turn a number of their public facilities into vaccine pass-only spaces.

The Rangitīkei District Council-managed community centres and library in Bulls, Taihape, and the Marton library, will require a pass for entry effective December 22.

From January 17, the council building reception in Marton, plus the Marton and Taihape council chambers, will also require a pass.

The need for passes will cease once the district became green, and anyone without a pass could access these facilities by showing a negative rapid antigen test result.

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In a press release, council chief executive Peter Beggs​ said the decision was made to keep public and staff safe, and it followed internal consultation.

He said public-facing council staff members would also be required to be fully vaccinated.

Beggs said elected members were expected to formally agree to this at the full council meeting on December 23, after pledging preliminary support.

A number of other councils have adopted a similar approach, including the Palmerston North City Council.



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