Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy is standing by a decision not to use vaccine passes to access his council’s facilities.

The “bottom line” was the government-issued guidelines delegated the decision to councils, he said.

“We have been living in fear for almost two years and the guidance was about starting to normalise life. We are making sure the public facilities we have are open to every one and people are not being excluded.”

The decision not to use passes was made by the chief executive and could be reviewed at a council meeting later this month, Guppy said.

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