Welland wants proof of double-vax for entry to city facilities starting Wednesday

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Published September 17, 2021 at 11:50 am

As of next Wednesday (September 22), if Welland residents want to get inside some city facilities, they’ll have to show proof they’re fully-vaccinated.

As well, they will have to be past 14 days after their second dose.

For Welland facilities, this includes meeting and event spaces, facilities used for sports and fitness, and sporting events at locations such as:

– City Hall (meeting rooms only at this time)
– Welland Community Wellness Centre (WCWC)
– Welland Arena on King Street
– Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC)
– Chippawa Park Community Centre
– Hooker Street Community Centre 

City CAO Steve Zorbas said Welland was simply complying with the new restrictions as handed down by the province.

“We have followed the public health and provincial guidance throughout this pandemic, and complying with the province’s proof of vaccination system continues to ensure our resident’s safety as they enjoy our facilities,” said Zorbas.

“Staff are preparing for this added level of safety and will do everything possible to make it as smooth and uninterrupted a process as possible.”

However, Welland says on or after September 22 but before October 13, for indoor social gatherings associated with weddings and funerals (in meeting and event spaces) the negative result of a COVID-19 antigen test may be provided instead of proof of being fully vaccinated.

Many area Shopper’s Drug Marts can provide an antigen test with 15-minute results. 

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