Region of Waterloo requiring COVID-19 vaccination to enter museums, use in-person library programs
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to access non-essential Region of Waterloo services starting next week.
As of Oct. 18, proof of vaccination and identification will be needed to enter regionally run museums, use in-person library programs and meeting rooms, along with any public spaces within regional buildings.
"This requirement is being put in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and to encourage eligible residents who are unvaccinated to obtain a vaccine," reads a release from the Region of Waterloo.
The updated policy does not apply to essential services, including transit services, waste management services, Provincial Offences Court and services provided by Public Health and Emergency Services.
Exemptions apply to those with written proof of a medical exemption or other grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Those under 12, who are currently not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, are also exempt.
The Region of Waterloo is reminding patrons that other public health measures, including masking and physical distancing, remain in effect.
A previous version of this story said proof of vaccination will be required to enter libraries. In fact, proof of vaccination is only needed to to use in-person library programs.