Waimakariri Public Facilities Reopen at Alert Level 2

Public facilities in Waimakariri reopen when the nation returns to Alert Level 2.

Immediately reopened include facilities like playgrounds, skateparks and dog parks.

Council service centres, libraries and aquatic centres will be progressively opened - although some services may not resume where they cannot be delivered safely (e.g. where physical distancing cannot be maintained).

Reopening of community halls will be delayed given issues with tracking people visiting these unmanned facilities.

Further information will be provided in the coming days.Full details on what facilities and services are open, including the safety measures put in place, are available at waimakariri.govt.nz/covid19.

“This lowering of Alert Level and return in freedom is the result of the great progress we’ve made as a country,” says Mayor Dan Gordon.

“Now we are at Alert Level 2 the Council can open up our public facilities like playgrounds and parks - something I am sure parents across the District will be very happy about - and over time return to offering the full range of services.”

The Council is making sure that we are operating as safely as possible at this alert level so visitors to facilities and venues will notice contact tracing measures, sanitisation and distancing protocols that are in place.

“Getting to this Alert Level is the first stage in our country and our local economy recovering. So I encourage you all to stay safe, enjoy the return to relative normality, shop local and continue to support one another.”