As of Monday, proof of COVID-19 vaccination required at area museums and to access parts of libraries

Starting Monday, people accessing non-essential services in buildings in the Waterloo region will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination and personal identification.

Proof will be required to enter museums, public spaces in regional buildings, including meeting spaces and to access certain library services.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for library patrons who will browse the shelves or use the computers.

People can provide proof by showing their vaccine receipt or by using the provincial system, which is expected to be fully operational this week.

Exempt persons will have to provide written proof. People under 12 do not need to provide proof of vaccination.

Even after providing proof of vaccination, people will still need to wear masks and maintain physical distance in buildings, the region said.

“This requirement is in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and to encourage eligible residents who have not been vaccinated to get vaccinated,” the region said in a statement.

The region’s immunization dashboard on Friday showed that 90.12% of people aged 12 and older had received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 85.92% had received both doses.

The region said about 10,000 people are currently eligible for their second dose.

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