Proof of Vaccination - FAQs

What areas do / don't require proof of vaccination?

Proof of Vaccination - Required

  • Gym (Margaret River and Augusta)
  • Group Fitness (except aquatic classes)
  • Childcare / Creche (to enter past glass sliding door)
  • Indoor sport courts (except during organised community sports)

Proof of Vaccination - Not Required

  • Pool
  • Aquatic programs or fitness classes
  • Childcare / Creche entry foyer
  • Indoor sport courts (during organised community sport)
  • Cafe (cafe is take away only)
  • Augusta Hydrotherapy Sessions
What are the accepted forms of proof of vaccination?

Acceptable proof of vaccination:

No Photo ID Required

  • ServiceWA app Digital Proof of Vaccination Certificate or Express Plus Medicare app Digital Proof of Vaccination

 Valid Photo ID Requried

  • Digital COVID-19 Certificate saved to smartphone
  • Printed copy of COVID-19 Certificate
  • Digital Immunisation History Statement saved to smartphone
  • Printed copy of Immunisation History Statement
  • Digital Medical Exemption saved to smartphone
  • Printed copy of Medical Exemption

Please visit wa.gov.au for more information on acceptable forms of proof of vaccination or exemption.

 

Can I get a refund or suspension on my membership or pass?

Yes. If you are unable to continue using the facilities due to the proof of vaccination requirements, please contact Sport and Recreation staff on 9780 5657 or email recreation@amrshire.wa.gov.au. Pro-rata refunds will be made available for any customers not continuing memberships past this date due to the requirements.

  • Suspensions on memberships (up to 30 June 2022 max.) are also being granted under medical reasons relating to the requirements, including:
  • Members who do not yet have proof of vaccination or exemption;
  • Members who are not vaccinated;

Members who would like to suspend rather than cancel (i.e. personal reasons relating to the mandate or awaiting any future state government issued mandates, or updates to existing mandates; relating to gyms, fitness studios and centres).

Members can also choose to transfer memberships and passes. Please email recreation@amrshire.wa.gov.au to request a transfer.

For all refund, suspension, and transfer requests, please be patient as our Sport and Recreation Team and Finance Team appropriately review and process these. 

Can I receive a refund from a third-party provider that uses the venue (i.e. private lessons, club, or association fees)?

Each third party that hires space at the Margaret River Recreation Centre and charges a service to its members will have their own policy regarding refunds. Please contact your provider directly for refund enquiries. 

Do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are required when visiting the Margaret River Recreation Centre (MRRC), from 6pm Monday, 17 January

Under the WA Government mandate, masks are required at all indoor public facilities in the South-West.

At MRRC this means you will be required to always wear a mask throughout except if you are:

  • Undertaking vigorous exercise in the gym, group fitness studios or stadium. 
  • Exercising, actively recreating or moving in the pools 
  • Children in primary school or younger
  • People with disabilities
  • Consuming food or drink 
  • Able to provide a current medical certificate demonstrating you are exempt from wearing a mask.

A full list of exemptions and required evidence can be found on the wa.gov.au website here.

The Margaret River Recreation Centre does not supply masks to patrons; patrons are responsible for arranging their own masks prior to entry

Please refer to the Centre News page for more information. 

Do I need to show proof of vaccination each time I enter Margaret River Recreation Centre?

Updated 30 January 2022.

Active membership or pass holders do not need to show proof of vaccination or exemption each time. All memberships and passes (excluding aquatics) will have restricted access until proof of vaccination is sighted. Once sighted, staff will note this on your profile and restore access; then for any future visit please show your membership tag to staff at the front door or counter to validate, before scanning your membership tag on the self-serve kiosks. Any members without a membership tag will now be required to collect a new tag from reception, rather than quoting a membership number. 

Any casual visit, non-member or pass holder, or member or pass-holder not scanning in for gym, pool, courts, or fitness, must show proof of vaccination each time entering the Margaret River Recreation Centre.

Do the sport courts require proof of vaccination?

Updated 30 January 2022.

Yes and no.

Indoor sporting centres are listed as a specified venue requiring proof of vaccination, "except at the time it is being used for community sport but not at any other time".

Definition of Community Sport per the Proof of Vaccination Directions:

Community sport means organised, community-based team or individual amateur sport played or participated in other than for valuable remuneration but does not include activities in the nature of an exercise class which requires payment or a ticket or other form of registration to participate. 

This means, during the community sport, patrons on the courts booked for community sports, do not require proof of vaccination. 

Proof of vaccination is required when accessing the indoor courts at any other time or booking outside of organised community sport

 

Does the proof of vaccination requirement apply to all areas of Margaret River Recreation Centre?

Updated 30 January 2022.

No. The State Governments Proof of Vaccination Directions were updated on 29 January 2022.

Effective Monday 31 January 2022, proof of vaccination is required to enter the following areas and services:

  • Gym
  • Fitness centre and classes
  • Cafe 
  • Indoor Sport Courts (except for the times that it is being used for community sport, but not at any other time)

Access and egress that is strictly necessary for the purposes of accessing a venue above is permitted, i.e. the cafe and foyer can still be used for access and egress to the swimming pool and indoor sport courts without proof of vaccination. 

Please refer to the Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA) Proof of Vaccination Directions; which detail the proof of vaccination requirements.

Does the swimming pool require proof of vaccination?

Updated 30 January 2022.

No. The State Governments Proof of Vaccination Directions were updated on 29 January 2022.

Swimming pools are now an excluded venue, meaning patrons no longer require proof of vaccination to enter the swimming pool at Margaret River Recreation Centre. 

I don't meet the proof of vaccination requirements: can I enter the vaccination clinic?

Yes, if you are attending during the specified vaccination clinic times for medical purposes. Under the Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA) Proof of Vaccination Directions; patrons may enter or remain at the specified vaccination venue:

  • for medical or emergency purposes
I don't meet the proof of vaccination requirements; how do I drop off or pick-up my child from Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)?

Drop off and pick up of children for OSHC and Vacation Care will be made available at the front of, and via the double external doors to the Kids Club foyer and main desk. Entrance into the Kids Club area behind the glass sliding doors will be restricted to patrons without proof of vaccination or exemption. More specific information regarding this will be emailed to parents utilising OSHC.

As per the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), employing measures to avoid adults and siblings entering indoor areas is strongly advised. Please refer to the ACECQA website for Covid-19 related guidelines for more information.

What alternative fitness programs will be provided outside or online?

Our Fitness team are currently planning what programs and services we can deliver to members outside or online. These will be promoted on our Facebook page and website once available. 

We are currently in conversation with Les Mills to deliver online classes, through their affiliate program Les Mills Plus (formely On Demand). We are also working through the onboarding process of a free subscription system to deliver precoreographed classes available online; as well as premium subscription service to deliver unlimited, precoreographed and live streamed classes available online. Watch this space!

What proof of vaccination requirements apply at Augusta Recreation Centre?

Proof of vaccination

From Monday 31 January 2022, proof of Covid-19 vaccination requirements will apply to enter the following areas of the Augusta Recreation Centre, including:

  • Augusta Gym
  • Augusta Indoor Courts (excluding for the purpose of communtiy sport), exempt.

The Augusta Hydrotherapy Pool is excluded from the proof of vaccination requirements, per the updated State Government Proof of Vaccination Directions

To continue enjoying the facilities at the Augusta Gym, proof of vaccination will be required to access the facility and change rooms for people aged 16 years and over from 31 January.

To manage this recently announced mandate; swipe card and digital key access to Augusta Gym and change rooms will be temporarily restricted from 31 January onwards until proof of vaccination or exemption has been sighted by staff, at which point swipe card and digital key access will be restored according to your current membership.  

Members can show proof of vaccination either in a digital or paper-based form, along with acceptable forms of identification if they do no not wish to use the ServiceWA app to show proof. Proof can be sighted by staff in person at Margaret River Recreation Centre, or at Augusta Gym when staff are on site (scheduled staff times at Augusta Gym and Hydrotherapy Pool found here).

Members can also email recreation@amrshire.wa.gov.au the following forms of proof of vaccination, on the proviso it is accompanied with acceptable forms of identification.

For members with a medical exemption, please go to wa.gov.au for acceptable forms of medical exemption, which will also need to be sighted by staff before

The acceptable forms of proof and identification can be found here.

Masks

A reminder that masks are also required to be worn when inside the Augusta Gym and change rooms, however they can be removed when vigorously exercising. More information can be found here on mask requirements and exemptions.

Refunds and Suspensions

If you are unable to continue using the facilities due to the proof of vaccination requirements, please contact Sport and Recreation staff on 9780 5657 or email recreation@amrshire.wa.gov.au

Pro-rata refunds will be made available for any customers not continuing memberships past this date due to the requirements.

Suspensions on memberships (up to 30 June 2022 max.) are also being granted under medical reasons relating to the requirements, including:

  • Members who do not yet have proof of vaccination or exemption
  • Members who are not vaccinated
  • Members who would like to suspend rather than cancel (i.e. personal reasons relating to the mandate or awaiting any future state government issued mandates, or updates to existing mandates; relating to gyms, fitness studios and centres).