MANDATORY VACCINATIONS – CHILDREN AGED 5 TO 11 YEARS
The Club’s Committee met on 22 December 2021 and considered the recent announcement that vaccination against Covid-19 would be available from 10 January 2021 for children aged between 5-11 years. The recommendation is the two doses be eight (8) weeks apart. The Committee also considered whether access to enclosed areas should be limited for children aged between 5-11 years.
Consistent with its earlier decision with respect to members, guests and visitors over the age of 12 years, the Committee considered medical advice about the efficacy of vaccination in reducing both the risks of infection and an infected person passing the virus on, as well as advice about the Club’s obligation to provide a safe workplace.
The Committee has now resolved to make vaccination a mandatory requirement of attendance at the Club for all members, guests and visitors aged between 5-11 years (other than in the event of a written medical exemption).
The Committee believes this to be the right decision given its obligation to provide a safe workplace and, in the event of an outbreak, not being able to provide a full range of services to members.
Commencing on Monday 31 January 2022 all members, staff and visitors aged between 5-11 years will need to have received a single vaccination to attend the Club (other than those with a medical exemption).
Double vaccination for children in that age group will be required from 1 April 2022.
Proof of vaccination can be provided in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Club will not keep copies of vaccination status, but a register will be kept. Access to the register will be limited to a small number of administrative staff. As with all those attending the Club over the age of 12 years, all those aged between 5-11 years must have proof of vaccination in their possession (or in the possession of the parent or guardian present with them at the Club) at all times. A request may be made at any time to sight proof of vaccination. Anyone not in possession of the necessary documents will be asked leave. The Club will support staff in enforcing what is required.
Written medical exemptions must be from a registered medical practitioner and must be provided to the General Manager before attending the Club. This can also be done by email to email@example.com. Responsibility for decisions with respect to medical exemptions will rest with the General Manager and the Captain, Mr Jamie Botten (or in his absence, the Vice-Captain, Mr Tim Jordan). Any decision will require the approval of two persons. If the Club believes any exemption might be inadequate, the relevant person (in the case of a child, the parent or guardian) will be advised. Access to the Club will not be permitted until what the Club deems appropriate is provided.
ACCESS TO ENCLOSED AREAS
The medical advice is the risk of the spread of Covid-19 is increased in enclosed areas. As those aged between 5-11 years will not be fully vaccinated for some time, the Committee has also resolved to limit the access children in that age group can have to enclosed areas at the Club.
Commencing Monday 10 January 2022, access will not be permitted to the golf shop, clubhouse and locker rooms. Access will be permitted to the course, practice facilities, clubhouse veranda, other open areas and the breezeway.
Children aged between 5-11 years will be able to access the toilets on the exterior western wall of the golf shop and, when on the course, in the rotunda. The restriction on access to enclosed areas will not apply once the child is double vaccinated and the necessary proof provided.
Thank you to all parents and guardians in advance for their co-operation with the above processes.
These measures will enable us to provide a safe workplace and minimise the risk of access to the Club being compromised in the event of an outbreak.
The Committee will review its position on an ongoing basis.