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Bowling club gives non-vaxxed a no-play message

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Takapuna Bowling Club has unanimously supported moving to a “vaccinated club” status starting on 1 December or as soon as the traffic light protocols come into play in Auckland, its board chairman Graham Doreen said.

All members, visitors, suppliers and contractors will need to be double vaccinated to enter the bowling club premises.

“Health and safety of our members is the priority” Doreen said.

The Rangitoto Observer surveyed nine sports clubs on their vaccine stance following Belmont Racquets club “no vax, no play” decision last month.

Milford Tennis Club has not introduced a “no vax no play” policy as yet, its club manager Catherine Woodward said: “Our Covid 19 protocols are reviewed regularly and we are guided by advice from our governing body Tennis Northern.

“We encourage and recommend our members to get vaccinated,” she said.

Takapuna AFC is waiting on clearer policy statements from Government and our governing body, New Zealand Football, its club chairman Glyn Taylor said.

While Takapuna Rugby Club did not respond by the Observer deadline, North Harbour Rugby announced late last week that it will implement a mandatory vaccination policy from next year.

The union’s board passed in principle a resolution to support the policy at an October meeting, meaning all clubs and schools in the union will need to be double vaccinated. North Harbour Rugby chief executive Gerard van Tilborg said : “Anything other than a mandatory vaccination policy will be unmanageable for our clubs and schools.”

Takapuna’s Les Mills gym sent a message to members last week saying under the government’s red and orange settings gyms that do not request proof of vaccine will not be able to operate.

“So we can operate at all levels of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, Les Mills will be requiring members to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to entry to our clubs,” Takapuna club manager Peter Peerless said.

People who don’t want to be vaccinated are being offered a Cover-19 pause to membership for six months, which will include access to Les Mills programmes at home for $3.50 per week. Memberships can also be cancelled.

“We do realise that the choice to be vaccinated or not is a personal one and we respect that,” Peerless said. “However, for us to do what we do best, we need to be open and vaccinations are the key for us being able to do so,” he said in an email.

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