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TCDC Facilities and My Vaccine Pass

15 December 2021

The COVID-19 My Vaccine Pass will only be required to enter our Council’s public facilities if the Coromandel has cases of community transmission of the virus.

Currently there are no community transmission cases in our district, and under the government’s traffic light system we are in ORANGE.

Under the government’s traffic light COVID Protection Framework, life at the ORANGE light means most businesses can open with no restrictions on numbers if they choose to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements, and only allow people with My Vaccine Pass to enter. If they choose not to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements, there will be limits on the number of people who can be in a venue at one time. Read more about ‘Life at ORANGE’ on the government’s COVID-19 website.

At ORANGE, masks must be worn inside retail businesses, public facilities (except swimming pools), central and local government public areas, healthcare services, vet clinics public transport, taxis and ride-share vehicles, domestic flights. Continue to scan the contact tracing app (or fill in registration books) and maintain social distancing from people you don’t know. Make sure to also wash your hands regularly. 

“We’ve had a couple of cases of people with COVID in the Coromandel over the past couple of weeks, but they have been identified as close contacts, and have been self-isolating with the risk of transmission being very low,” says Garry Towler, our Council’s Emergency Management head.

“However, with more visitors expected to our district from today and through the summer, the likelihood of community cases is going to increase, so if that is confirmed, anyone wanting to use Council facilities including our District Libraries, our Council offices and all buildings where Council meetings are being held, will need to show the My Vaccine Pass to enter our facilities,” says Mr Towler.

Click here to find out how to get your My Vaccine Pass.

Where is the My Vaccine Pass a condition of entry (if/when community COVID-19 transmission is identified in our district)?

These requirements are subject to change at short notice.

The My Vaccine Pass will become a condition of entry for people over 12 years and three months old if they are visiting the following public facilities:

• Our Council’s District Libraries

• Jack McLean Community Recreation Centre – will require a My Vaccine Pass for bookings over the summer, until Thames High School restarts

• Our Council’s customer service centres, including the Thames Administration Building, Thames County Building and our area offices at Coromandel Town, Whitianga and Whangamatā

• Council Chambers and all buildings where Council, Committee or Community Board meetings, workshops or hearings are held

Numbers in these facilities are limited to their capacity based on 1-metre distancing, and mask wearing is required, except for those taking part in sports at the Jack McLean centre.

Other Council facilities:

Refuse Transfer Stations - will not require a My Vaccine Pass to enter, as they are an essential service. Customers should wear a mask, scan the contact tracing app and keep a social distance from other people

• Thames Centennial Pool – will not require a My Vaccine Pass as it’s an outdoor facility that can operate using the current measures around mask wearing (for non-swimmers), social distancing, and limiting numbers in the changing facilities

• Council public toilets and playgrounds – will not require a My Vaccine Pass Council halls – will require a My Vaccine Pass to enter if the venue is hosting a Council event such as a public meeting. For non-Council events, it is up to the event organiser to decide whether to operate under the My Vaccine Pass requirements or not

• Council sports grounds - it is up to the event organiser to decide whether to operate under the My Vaccine Pass requirements or not.

Find out more about COVID-19 in the Coromandel at our dedicated page here