Council backs vaccine mandate

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by Vance Gutzman

Deep River is joining with a number of other area municipalities in requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for people using its recreational facilities.

Christine Armstrong, the town’s recreation director, told council last week that she and her counterparts from across Renfrew County met in Pembroke recently and reached a consensus that proof of vaccination should be required in line with provincial mandates for people 18-years and older.

With that in mind, Armstrong said, recreation staff will be enforcing that mandate, and making sure it applies to all coaches, volunteers and officials involved with minor sports at Deep River’s recreational facilities.

Sean Patterson, Deep River’s chief administrative officer, expanded on the matter.

“We’ve considerably erred on the side of caution,” Patterson said of the decision to impose and enforce the vaccination requirements, adding town staff sought a legal opinion on the matter as well….

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