12 Aug 2020

Christchurch City Council’s public facilities will remain open under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 but steps will be put in place to ensure people can maintain physical distancing.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last night announced she was moving New Zealand to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 from midday Wednesday 12 August.

Auckland is being moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 because cases of community transmission have been detected there.

The alert level change applies, at this stage, until midnight on Friday 14 August.

Acting Chief Executive Mary Richardson says the Council’s COVID-19 Incident Management Team has been meeting regularly since lockdown and has prepared for a change in alert levels.

“Under Alert Level 2 our public facilities will remain open but we will have to manage numbers through the door to ensure physical distancing and the ability to contact trace,’’ Ms Richardson says.

“If you are planning on visiting one of our facilities over the next couple of days please be aware that some of our facilities may be operating slightly differently than normal.

“To help keep everyone safe, please stay at home if you or anyone in your house, is unwell.’’