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No Jab - no meeting

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Yesterday I was attending a rugby match fixture in the Republic of Ireland as a supporter from Northern Ireland.   

Within masonry the Grand Lodge of Ireland governs both RoI and NI. A RoI mason showed me his stated meeting circular of which it clearly states No jab - no meeting with a proof of vaccine certificate required to be shown for admission.  

I query the authority GLoI has to impose this when Irish Gov guidelines do not refer to such gatherings as lodge meetings in NI do not seek proof of jab. 

Any other  provinces or GL seeking proof of jab / vaccination? 

   

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On 24/10/2021 at 17:37, bod said:

As a private body GLoI can make whatever stipulations they wish

I concur that GLoI often makes Laws and stipulations up as they wish without discussion.   

But as a stipulation it is appears that it is only being applied partially within a part of its jurisdiction. That is not within NI, but only in RoI. 

And thus i enquire if any other province or GL seeking proof of jab / vaccination.

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1 hour ago, Lagavara1 said:

I concur that GLoI often makes Laws and stipulations up as they wish without discussion.   

But as a stipulation it is appears that it is only being applied partially within a part of its jurisdiction. That is not within NI, but only in RoI. 

And thus i enquire if any other province or GL seeking proof of jab / vaccination.

That will be because the RoI Govt. has made different Covid19 stipulations to the Northern Ireland Assembly. The RoI seems to require lots of evidence of vaccination for indoor activities, this of course is not under GLoI's control.

We have had similar situations in the mainland where England, Scotland and Wales have all had different responses to social distancing over the last year and that's not to mention the Islands of Man, Guernsey, Jersey who have also had their own responses too.

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I had travelled down to RoI from NI during the weekend - not a masonic meeting but another grouping. 

However, another mason from RoI was attending whom i knew. Discussion regarding vaccination certificate requirement and the regulation that masonry has applied was mentioned.

It appears that GLI have selected to apply the most strict regulation . I suppose better safe than sorry. Apparently we the same men could meet under a different category title of gathering without need to show a jab certificate. 

All very difficult and delicate issues, but surely members are well capable of assessing their own risk when many lodge rooms are only opened up once a month. 

Anyway - keep safe.      

  

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