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Te Papa restricting admission to double-vaccinated visitors, with Vaccine Pass

Te Papa is to restrict admission to people who are double vaccinated. It will use the new My Vaccine Pass controls starting on Friday next week.

News from Te Papa
We have decided that the best way to ensure the well-being of our community, our visitors, and our staff is to require people entering Te Papa to be double vaccinated. We have made this decision after weighing up the risks and benefits, and especially considering our visitors under 12 who cannot currently be vaccinated.

We consider that requiring double vaccination will make Te Papa as safe as it can be, and keep the museum accessible for as many manuhiri as possible.

The Covid-19 protection framework (aka the traffic light system) will come into effect at 11:59PM on Thursday 2 December. From then, all visitors to Te Papa (including those visiting our offices and collection stores) will need to be double vaccinated. We will check visitors’ vaccination status at the entrance to Te Papa using the My Vaccine Pass process. Children under 12 will be exempt because they can’t currently be vaccinated.

As the national museum we are kaitiaki of taonga, and that includes caring for the communities they belong to. We consider these decisions necessary for the hauora of our people, and the people we serve.

We will continue to follow the advice and regulations of the government, and will continue to review our policies as the Covid-19 situation evolves.

In addition to our physical visitors to the museum, Te Papa receives many millions of digital visitors each year who access the national collections online, including a rich archive of images, videos, and storytelling. In this way we can continue to make the national collections available to all.

We will update this information once we know whether Wellington’s traffic light colour is green, orange, or red.

The DomPost reports that Te Papa is also proposing vaccination be required for all its staff, including contractors and volunteers. Te Papa has about 600 staff, working in a wide range of roles. Some work on the museum floor, others in the back office. Staff intermingle and transit through all parts of the building, including public areas. Consultation with staff will happen next week with a policy approved after feedback was received.

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