Waimakariri District Council Traffic Light Ready

Aquatic Centres, libraries, council service centres and community venues across Waimakariri are gearing up to be traffic light ready ahead of the Government Covid-19 Protection Framework move at midnight tonight.

Chief Executive Jim Harland says “We’re ready to open our doors this Friday under the new system without currently requiring vaccine passes for some of our services. However, we are going to see how the first week goes, complete risk assessments for each service area, seek further guidance for each customer area, and review our settings ahead of December 13.

“It’s likely that we will require vaccine passes from this date for more of our services to ensure we can continue to operate as safely as possible for as many customers as we can going forward.”

Mayor Dan Gordon says “It’s really excellent that we’re moving to this new system which should mean businesses have certainty they can remain open despite the level. I know the community will take a lot of comfort in knowing lockdowns are likely a thing of the past.”

Council services will initially open under ‘orange’ settings as set out below.

These will be reviewed ahead of December 13 and facilities may require vaccine certificates from this date and could be subject to further change after review.

  • Aquatic Centres: vaccine certificates are not required. One metre distancing, contact tracing and bookings required for aqua classes, lane and leisure space
  • Libraries: vaccine certificates are not required. One metre distancing, contact tracing and masks are required
  • Rangiora Service Centre: vaccine certificates are not required. One metre distancing, contact tracing and masks are required
  • Transfer Stations: vaccine certificates are not required. One metre distancing, contact tracing and masks are required
  • Rangiora Town Hall, MainPower Stadium, Kaiapoi Community Centre and Woodend Community Centre: Vaccine certificates required for entry. One metre distancing, contact tracing and masks are required
  • Public Events (indoor and outdoor): no limits if vaccine certificates are required for those 12 and older. These will be checked at the start of the event. If vaccine certificates are not required a maximum of 50 people are allowed to attend. One metre distancing, contact tracing and masks are required
  • Building Inspectors: Will maintain one metre distancing, contact tracing and wear masks as required. Sites who require proof of vaccine from inspectors are asked to communicate this when booking the inspector
  • Field workers and contractors: Those coming on Council sites must meet the requirements of that building. One metre distancing, contact tracing and masks are required
  • Alcohol Licencing, Dog Control and other Environmental Services Officers: Will maintain one metre distancing, contact trace and wear masks as required. Sites who require proof of vaccine are asked to communicate this when booking
  • Other public-facing functions such as Council, Committee and Community Board Meetings: vaccine certificates are not required. These will be open with capacity limits, based on one metre distancing, contact tracing and masks being required.