New Zealand mandates vaccination for hospitality but not accommodation

the new law already has proven to be problematic as it doesn’t cover the accommodation sector

The New Zealand government is to introduce legal framework for business owners to decide whether they wish to require staff to be vaccinated for work, such as venues where customers must show proof of their own vaccination status.

“The new measure is being introduced following calls from both businesses and unions to make workplaces as safe as possible.” said the minister for Workplace Relations & Safety Michael Wood.

However, the new law already has proven to be problematic and possibly unworkable for hotels with venues, as it doesn’t cover the accommodation sector. Hotel Council Aotearoa strategic director James Doolan said he did not understand why the vaccine mandate did not apply to accommodation sector workers and guests. “It appeared the Government had made a “weird distinction” that lodging was not part of hospitality.”