Rubbish collections and other essential services will continue in the Waikato district but the council offices and sites are now closed to the public.
As of today, Tuesday, March 24, Covid-19 Alert Level 3 is in place, requiring public venues to close and for businesses and organisations to enforce alternative ways of working to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
From midnight tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, Alert Level 4 will be in place which instructs people to stay at home, and educational facilities and non-essential businesses to close. A list of the essential businesses that will remain open can be found here.
A list of useful advice and information from a number of sources is here and also top of Tamahere Forum’s right hand column (on computer) or by scrolling down (on mobile).
Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion said he wanted to reassure residents that the council would continue to provide essential services to its communities.
“There will still be safe drinking water, they will still be able to flush their toilets and rubbish and recycling will continue to be collected while Alert Level 3 and 4 are in place.”
However, all council offices, sites and community facilities, including pools, playgrounds and libraries were closed. Huntly and Raglan campgrounds were also closed.
“Council has contingency plans in place and as of today, Tuesday 24 March, all council staff who can perform their role from home are now doing so,” Ion said.
“There may be some changes we need to make to our services, so please be patient as we work through this. If changes are needed we will notify the public as soon as possible.”
Some other information to be aware of:
- Please do not return library books. Late fees will be waived.
- Please do not send anything by post. If you need to contact the council, please phone or email. Its mail delivery service has been cancelled at this stage.
- Anything posted to the council over the past few days may not arrive at its offices.
Residents can still get assistance from Council’s Customer Services team by calling 0800 492 452.
For further updates please visit the council’s website here or connect on its Facebook page.