Traffic light system at Waitaki facilities

Published on 01 December 2021

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From Friday December 3 the whole South Island will move to orange on the Government’s traffic light system

The good news is, it’s pretty much business as normal (the new normal, which means keeping each other safe by signing in, wearing a mask and keeping some distance between yourself and others) when it comes to accessing council services and facilities. Here’s a round up of our places:

Council HQ customer service desk: business as usual, wear a mask, stay a metre apart and sign in

Aquatic Centre: day to day operations revert to pre lockdown with bookings no longer needed to access the pool. Spa pool is all go as are showers. Programmes - swim school, squads & aquaexercise continue as normal. Due to the 1 metre distancing requirement a conservative capacity limit of 125 customers at any one time will be implemented. If we reach capacity, we will need to queue. Masks to worn inside when walking about (not in the water of course).

Oamaru Opera House: the OOH will be a no jab no entry building - vaccine passes and ID verification (if not on their device) will be required at point of entry.  Masks to be worn when not seated. 

Libraries: wear a mask and stay one metre apart

As with the library, the Waitaki Museum & Archive and Forrester Gallery will be open at orange traffic light. As at level 2 visitors will need to be masked and sign in for contact tracing purposes. Visitors will be required to maintain 1m distancing.

Campgrounds: Open with 1m social distancing and masks in communal/ high use areas encouraged.

Parks: Open with 1m social distancing and masks in communal/ high use areas encouraged.

Sports Fields: Open. Organisers/ Users must comply with guidance from Sport NZ or their national body for competitive sports. Social sports must comply with restrictions for gatherings – no limits if vaccine passes used. If vaccine passes not used, limited to 50 people based on 1m social distancing.

Transfer Stations and WRRT: Open with capacity limits based on 1m social distance. Masks encouraged.

Vaccination passes are available online, via telephone or in person at local pharmacies. Vaccination is the best defense against Covid, if you aren’t vaxxed already, book online at Book My Vaccine. If you need a step-by-step guide to organising your vaccine pass, check out this great brochure put together by our fabulous librarians!

Waitaki District Council CEO Alex Parmley said, “The new Covid-19 Protection framework or traffic light system is aimed at keeping us all as safe as possible whilst being able to get on with our lives. Our approach has therefore been to try and keep as many of our services open and accessible as possible whilst protecting our residents and our staff. The best ways we can protect ourselves and each other are to get vaccinated, keep to social distancing guidelines, wearing a face mask in public settings and signing in when we visit places.”