Region of Waterloo adds COVID-19 vaccination requirement to access non-essential services

The Region of Waterloo has announced that it will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from those wishing to access non-essential services starting Monday.

It says the list of affected venues includes in-person museums and library programs as well as meetings in public spaces in area buildings.

As is the case with restaurants, bars and other venues that already require residents to provide proof, visitors will need to have proof of vaccination as well as approved ID.

Persons under the age of 12 as well as those who have written proof of a medical exemption or written proof of an exemption under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be exempt.

The region says it made the decision to limit the spread of COVID-19 and encourage latecomers to get vaccinated against the virus.

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He notes that all municipalities are also implementing vaccination policies for staff, volunteers and students.

The region says other public health measures such as face coverings and physical distancing remain in place despite the move.

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Michelle J. Kelley