Liverpool City Council Extends COVID Vaccine Mandate in Facilities Due to Rise in Cases

A council in southwest Sydney has taken a stand, refusing to reopen its facilities to unvaccinated residents as infections in the area continue to rise.

COVID-19 cases in New South Wales hit an all-time high on Friday, with 2,213 infections recorded in 24 hours, just days after an easing of restrictions allowed the unvaccinated to participate fully in society for the first time in three months.

Statewide, QR code registrations have also been reduced, and masks are only required in high-risk environments such as public transport and airplanes. There are no limits for visitors to homes, venues, or outdoor gatherings.

Under the public health order, however, companies can still require proof of vaccination at their own discretion.

And Liverpool City Council has decided to do just that.

File image of members of the public going about their daily lives in Liverpool, Sydney. Credit: BIANCA DE MARCHI/AAPIMAGE

“The COVID-19 double dose vaccination rate in Liverpool is 93.3%, however, we must remain vigilant. COVID-19 is always with us, ”a council spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au.

“To continue to protect our community, all staff and visitors aged 16 and over must be fully immunized to enter all council-owned facilities until further notice.”

The spokesperson said the decision was made because positive cases in the local government area “have increased in recent weeks.”

According to NSW Health on Wednesday, the LGA had 344 active cases.

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“This extension will be monitored and may change depending on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Liverpool local government area. “

Until then, residents will need to show proof of vaccination before registering.

The mandate will apply to all facilities owned by the board, including:

  • Customer service center
  • Casula Powerhouse Arts Center
  • Bellbird Restaurant and Bar
  • Liverpool City Libraries
  • Liverpool Regional Museum
  • Michael Clarke Recreation Center, Whitlam Recreation Center
  • Michael Wenden Aquatic Center
  • Community recycling center
  • Liverpool Animal Shelter

Some residents were quick to voice their disappointment online, with one woman calling the extension a “shameful decision” and some calling for reimbursement of their counseling fees. Others thanked the council for the move.

Whitlam Leisure Center and Michael Clarke Carnes Hill Leisure Center both informed members and guests of the extension earlier this week, citing “a directive from Liverpool City Council” as the reason for the move.

“Access to aquatic and recreational sites will only be granted to those who can provide proof of full vaccination or medical exemption from NSW Health,” the centers said.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to welcome everyone to the centers as soon as possible. “

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