A Gisborne (North Island, New Zealand) campground has announced its decision to accept guests despite their vaccination status.
Tatapouri Bay, which offers traditional campsites, glamping tents, and cabins, announced on social media on Wednesday that it will “continue to welcome all” as the Tairawhiti region prepares to enter the traffic light system at red.
Under the red setting of the traffic light system, accommodations are authorized to operate without any restrictions. It is up to operators whether they require proof of vaccination or not.
“Your vaccination status is not something that needs to be discussed,” operators Nathan Foon and Shanti Probst said in the post.
The couple explained that they had “trusted their gut” and believed it is “important to remain compassionate regardless of differing choices.”
In a statement issued by Foon, he said that based upon the welcoming principle in Tatapouri Bay, the cafe would operate as a non-contact and the campground would be accessible to visitors. He also said that the decision was taken under the core guidelines laid out within the Tatapouri Bay risk management plan.
“We have certainty that the business will be operating safely under the current guidelines set by the Government, commencing 11:59 pm, 2 December 2021,” Food added.
He also highlighted that safety for staff, guests, and the community remains paramount.
Tatapouri Bay’s policy on guests who are not vaccinated is different from other campgrounds in the region.