Council COVID19 Update - 23 March 2020

23 March 2020

Today the nation-wide COVID19 alert level moved immediately to Level 3 and is moving to Level 4 within 48 hours. This will significantly impact what services the Council can provide.

Waimakariri District Council will be making regular updates regarding how we are responding to COVID19. However, during the month at Level 4 we anticipate there may not be significant changes during this time.

The Council announced on Monday 23 March that all Council facilities and buildings are closed until further notice. This will remain in place for the immediate future.

During this time we encourage you to listen and follow the advice from the Government. Remain calm and look after one another.

Local businesses are encouraged to contact Enterprise North Canterbury who have a page dedicated to linking people to government support during this time.

Governance Adapts to COVID-19 - Emergency Response Committee Established

The Waimakariri District Council has made contingency plans to maintain its governance duties during the COVID19 outbreak, and held an emergency meeting at 3pm today.

Council considered and approved a proposal to set up an Emergency COVID-19 Response Committee, comprising all members of the Council.

This same response was adopted following the Canterbury earthquakes.

As part of the proposal, all Community Board meetings as well as Committees, Joint Committees, Working Groups and Steering Groups are suspended until further notice, effective immediately.

Mayor Dan Gordon said the Council met today and agreed to establish a Emergency COVID19 Response Committee which would streamline Council's decision making. The committee membership is made up of Councillors but with a focus on providing a fast response during this time.

“Our focus in these times is to support our community. This committee will allow us to quickly adapt to the rapidly changing situation and make decisions that continue to serve our residents.”

A number of meetings and hearings have been rescheduled or cancelled, and alternative arrangements are being considered.