WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg City Councillor says all visitors to City Hall and all city-run facilities should be required to show proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated.
Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood Councillor Kevin Klein says vaccines have been proven effective in helping to flatten the curve, and the city cannot afford to be locked down again. He says all employees and contracted staff at the city’s libraries, pools, and rinks should also be required to get double vaccinated by August 9.
The city says it’s following the province’s public health orders when it makes decisions about reopening its facilities, and there are no requirements in current orders for staff or visitors at those facilities to be fully vaccinated. Mayor Brian Bowman says the city currently has no plans to change that.
The Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Union of Public Employees agrees, saying that the city needs to continue working closely with public health officials. The Winnipeg RHA currently has 81.7 per cent COVID-19 vaccination uptake, the highest of all Manitoba health authorities.