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Level 2: Te Papa closed but most other city venues stay open

Te Papa closed today in response to the Covid-19 alert level change. But most other city venues stayed open. At 4pm, Te Papa advised it would stay closed on Thursday, and will open on Friday at 10am. “We look forward to seeing you at our place. We will sign you in, and provide a safe and warm welcome.”

Wellington Museum, City Gallery, the Portrait Gallery and the Adam Art Gallery all stayed open and continued to follow Ministry of Health advice and guidelines around regular cleaning and contact tracing.

Zealandia is also staying open, with extra contact tracing signs and hand sanitizer as well as distancing.

Archives New Zealand closed its Wellington reading room, except for visitors with appointments. All National Library venues were closed until Saturday.

At 10.30, the Wellington City Council said it was “looking into what level 2 will mean for our services and facilities.” It had completed its look by lunchtime, when it announced that most services would be staying the same.

Under level 2 restrictions which apply to Wellington from midday today, public venues can stay open if they comply with public health measures and ensure 1 metre physical distancing and record keeping. Public gatherings must be limited to no more than 100 people.

Event facilities including cinemas can have more than 100 people at a time, provided there are no more than 100 in a defined space, and the groups do not mix.

The Penthouse and the Roxy both advised that seating for all movie sessions is available in single seats with empty seats around the front, back and sides of each person. This gives everyone more space and supports social distancing.

Official advice on masks recommends that masks should be worn wherever physical distancing is not possible, such as on public transport.

Metlink bus and train services are continuing as normal under level 2, but with a request for 1m distancing on board and 2m at stations and bus stops, and face coverings.

RNZ reports that San Fran co-owner Ziggy Ziya said they were shut for the rest of the week.

Sunday’s harbopurside market will not be held.

Toi Whakaari remains open but with no more than 100 people at a gathering it has made changes to its Double Bill Season at Bats Theatre. This applies to Lockdown La Ronde and Pre Lockdown Post. Shows scheduled on Thursday 13 August (opening night) and Friday 14 August have been cancelled. Opening night is now scheduled for Saturday 15 August. This allows time for the BATS whānau to make the necessary changes so that everyone is kept safe under Level 2 arrangements. For the duration of Level 2, seating numbers will be reduced and the bar will be closed.

There has been a 24-hour suspension of jury trials in Wellington to allow time for the courts to re-establish the public safety measures which apply at Alert Level 2.

The Labour Party has told its candidates that election campaigning has been suspended for the time being, while the government focusses as a team on helping New Zealand. The Green Party has also suspended campaigning. The National Party said all campaign events planned for today will not be going ahead.

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1 comment:

  1. WREDA, 12. August 2020, 13:38

    Hospitality, retail, tourism and event businesses across the region will be putting in extra measures to keep us safe so we can continue to support local. [via twitter]