Council services to reopen but with new Delta Level 2 restrictions
All Council services, offices, libraries, Mt Cooee Landfill, transfer stations and the Balclutha Centennial Pool will reopen on Wednesday, September 8 but will be operating under the new Central Government Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions.
These new restrictions include:
- Face coverings are mandatory for people visiting all Council offices/venues and public-facing staff will also be wearing face coverings.
- There is a limit of 50 people for indoor gatherings which Council will be adhering to. There is also a limit of 100 people at outdoor venues.
- Visitors must also follow the 2m distancing rule while visiting Council offices/venues.
- When you visit a Council office/venue it is mandatory for your visit to be recorded as per the new record keeping requirements. We will have record keeping systems and processes in place so your visit is recorded whether by scanning QR codes with the COVID-19 Tracer App or making a manual record.
Mayor Bryan Cadogan said it’s great news that we are back in Level 2 but we ask people to please adhere to the new Delta Level 2 restrictions.
“No doubt there will be a bit of a ‘catch up rush’ to contend with so your patience would be appreciated as staff attend to the backlog.
“Clutha has been so lucky to date with Covid and now as we ramp up vaccinations, I appeal to everyone to do the right thing, the Delta variant is now affecting young children, so we all have a responsibility to get vaccinated and our local health providers are doing an exceptional job to ensure everyone has a chance.
“This week’s local mass vaccination drop-in clinic only had a fraction of the potential numbers put through, which ultimately comes down to personal responsibility - we all need to be vaccinated so please now is the time to do your part,” Mayor Cadogan said.
General guidance on Alert Level 2 is available on the Unite Against COVID-19 website
Remember everyone in Aotearoa aged 12 and over can now book their free COVID-19 vaccination. It does not matter what your visa or citizenship status is. The Book My Vaccine website is the fastest and easiest way to book and make changes to your appointment. Booking through the website can take 5 minutes or less.
Council also reminds people that a single-use face covering must be disposed of in the rubbish bin, not the recycling bin.
Further details of Council Activities: (alphabetically)
BALCLUTHA SWIMMING POOL
Weekday opening hours will be 6:00am to 7:30pm and weekend hours: Saturday 1.00pm - 4.30pm and Sunday 10.30am - 12 noon and 1.00pm - 4.30pm.
Masks are to be worn except when swimming. Staff on poolside are not required to wear face coverings as per Central Government guidelines.
There will once again be restrictions on the number of users in the pool at any one time and if busy a swim will be for an hour maximum. To check out how busy the pool is call the pool on 418 1049.
Please be aware that during this time the way things are done may still change as we navigate our way through issues or as requirements change.
All libraries will reopen. People must sign in and wear masks. No unaccompanied children under the age of 10 can visit the district’s libraries and there will be 2 metre social distancing.
There will also be no limits to books that can be borrowed.
Balclutha - Wednesday 8 September 10am opening. Normal hours resume Thursday 9 September 9am – 5.30pm (except Tuesday closing 6pm)
Lawrence - Wednesday 8 September 8.30am. Normal hours resume.
Milton - Wednesday 8 September 8.30am. Normal hours resume however closed 12.30pm - 1.30pm daily and not open late night Monday.
Owaka - Wednesday 8 September 9.30am. Normal hours resume however closed 12.30pm - 1.30pm daily to allow for the sign in protocols.
Tapanui - Wednesday 8 September 8.30am. Normal hours resume however closed 12.30pm - 1.30pm daily to allow for the sign in protocols.
Council to be meeting in person again on 16 September at the Rosebank Lodge in Balclutha, but are subject to the 50 person max restrictions, the wearing of masks and socially distance.
All playgrounds will be reopened to the public, however we remind people to use masks, maintain social distancing and track.
All public toilets are operational, however we remind people to use masks, maintain social distancing and track.
Kerbside collection will continue.
Mt Cooee open tomorrow with normal hours. All transfer stations open as normal hours.
SERVICE REQUESTS/REPORT A PROBLEM
If you have a problem to report, please continue to:
Phone our usual number: 0800 801 350. This will be staffed 24/7 during this time.
Online: follow the blue ‘Report a Problem’ button on the front page of our website.
Antenno: Download Antenno, the free mobile app that sends you notifications and alerts about the Clutha District Council news and you can also use it to report a problem.
TUAPEKA MOUTH FERRY
The Punt will be open for operation with safety measures in place to keep the users and the operator safe. The normal road maintenance will continue, and the teams will keep to the safety requirements with regards to social distancing and the wearing of masks.