The unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adults will now be shut out of some of Warrnambool City Council's facilities while Glenelg Shire will maintain lower limits to include everyone.
Warrnambool council's recreation and culture facilities will from today move to open for those who are double vaccinated, but it is not a requirement at some of council's other facilities.
But Glenelg Shire Council has moved to assure its community members that they can still access its services and facilities from today, regardless of their current vaccination status.
This will mean those who attend the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG), AquaZone, Warrnambool Stadium, the Lighthouse Theatre and Warrnambool Library will need to display a vaccination certificate showing they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The rules do not extend to those in the 12 to 15 year aged bracket even though they are eligible for a vaccine, the council has confirmed.
The council's chief executive officer Peter Schneider said that at this stage other council facilities including Archie Graham and the Civic Centre customer service area do not have the double vaccination requirement.
They would operate under existing arrangements which include social distancing, wearing of masks and scanning a QR code on entry.
"These changes are in line with the Victorian Government's regional roadmap and follow the successful 'vaccinated economy' trial that the WAG participated in," Mr Schneider said.
"The vaccination certificate requirements have been put in place to ensure we can more safely enjoy getting out to visit our favourite venues and facilities.
"Where possible the council facilities have reached out to members advising them of the changes and we are looking forward to opening to greater numbers of people under the new arrangements."
Staff at the Warrnambool library staff have made themselves available to help those who may be experiencing difficulty displaying their vaccination certificates.
A guide on how to access your vaccination certificate is available at www.library.warrnambool.vic.gov.au.
"Warrnambool is in a really good position to embrace a gradual return to a more normal range of activities because of our high vaccination rate," Mr Schneider said.
"I would encourage anyone wanting to know more about the vaccination rollout or the reopening of the economy to go to www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au."
Glenelg council said there were new changes to density quotients have been introduced across the state based on vaccination status, but there would be no immediate changes to council-run services and community facilities.
Glenelg mayor Cr Anita Rank said many community members still required time to reach their second vaccination dose
"Existing density quotients and caps will remain in place across all council-run facilities until the state-wide 80 per cent vaccination target is reached," she said.
"This will afford our community the time they need to ensure that their second dose vaccine has been administered prior to the widely communicated vaccination mandates.
"Currently only 73.5 per cent of the eligible Glenelg Shire population are fully vaccinated and we want to ensure our residents can still access all the services they need.
"Given mandatory changes will be in effect once the 80 per cent target is reached, I encourage all those who haven't booked their vaccination appointment to do so as quickly as possible to ensure they can continue to access council services in the future."
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