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Waimakariri Public Facilities to Drop Vaccine Passes from 5 April

From 5 April Waimakariri District Council venues and facilities will no longer require customers to provide a vaccine pass as well as dropping some other restrictions.

Chief Executive, Jim Harland, says the removal of restrictions takes into account the latest health advice and reflects the change in risk profile due to the high levels of vaccination and natural immunity to Covid-19.

“We always maintained that we would review the situation, including advice from the Ministry of Health, and watch the announcements closely so that we can respond quickly when the situation improves. That’s exactly what we’re doing now.”

Mayor Dan Gordon says he supports restrictions lowering but still urges the community to not become complacent with Covid-19.

“Putting in place restrictions was never an easy decision for the Council to make but one based on the information and health advice at the time.

“That said, Omicron is still in the community and I acknowledge there are mixed feelings about the removal of passes.

“I urge everyone to continue to practice good hygiene, wear masks when needed, follow the guidance on self-isolation and show respect and tolerance to one another.”

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