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Level 2 cricket at the Stadium – without a crowd

Level 2 has resulted in the cancellation of today’s airshow at the Wings Over Wairarapa event. Next week’s Golden Shears is also cancelled. Monday night’s Wellington Film Society screening at the Embassy has been cancelled. (Level 2 restricts audience numbers to 100.) Wednesday’s Sky Stadium double-header – Black Caps v Australia and White Ferns v England – will go ahead, but without an audience; the public will not be admitted. A crowd of 20,000 had been expected at the stadium; there’ll be refunds.

The Blues Super Rugby Aotearoa side will not return to Auckland today following their win over the Hurricanes at the Stadium last night. RNZ quotes coach Leon MacDonald as saying: “We’ll have to find a new home that can house us and give us what we need to train. We’ll look at all our options, whether we head to Hamilton or stay in Wellington, I’m not sure yet. We’ll look at a place that can become our home for the short term.”

For the Wellington City Council, level 2 is almost business as usual.

News from WCC
Under Alert Level 2, most of the Wellington City Council’s services and facilities will remain the same, but contact tracing and some restrictions will be in place to keep staff and the community safe.

Ministry of Health guidelines for Alert Level 2 include:

· Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, with soap and water for 20 seconds or more

· Coughing and sneezing into your elbow

· Staying at home if you are unwell. If you are sick call your GP or Healthline to book a free COVID-19 test, and get tested if asked

· Keeping a distance of one-metre from colleagues and customers as much as possible

· Consider wearing a mask if you are in a place or space that makes social distancing difficult

· Ensure you download and are using the Government’s COVID Tracer App and turn on Bluetooth and scan.

We are discouraging the use of cash at Council facilities – please use Eftpos or other contactless payments.

Compulsory contact tracing will be in place through the Government’s COVID-19 app or details will be collected at reception areas.

Key information about facilities and services at Alert Level 2:

Pools and Recreation:
· All our pools and recreation centres remain open
· Please keep at least 1m physical distancing for pools, gyms and recreation centres

Club Active is open
Group Fitness classes at Freyberg are cancelled
Group Fitness classes are continuing at WRAC with reduced numbers – booking required
All other programmes and classes will continue with some restrictions in place

Waste, rubbish and recycling:
Rubbish and recycling collection services are operating as usual
The Southern Landfill is open but with restrictions in place – Transfer station will be reduced capacity by 50% to allow for social distancing and the kiosk will be contactless payment where possible
The Tip Shop and Recycling Centre are open. Recycling drop-off at the Recycling Centre will be delineated to allow for social distancing
Contact tracing will be in place and landfill users will have their vehicle registrations noted for this purpose alone.

All Library branches remain open – please visit wcl.govt.nz for more information
Please check in when you arrive
We are limiting the number of visitors to meet social distancing requirements, so please follow guidance from our staff
Please keep visits to under 30 mins while we’re limiting the number of visitors too
All programmes and events are cancelled.

Parking enforcement:
Motorists are expected to pay for parking in the city – and enforcement will continue.

Building Inspections:
We will be conducting inspections on building consents as usual in Alert Level 2. Sites must have all measures and protocols in place in accordance with MBIE construction sector guidance and NZ Covid19 Construction protocols.

Resource Consents:
Person-to-person pre-application meetings with a planning technician are not available but are available virtually through MS Teams.
For new resource consent applications, and non-resource consent applications we encourage you to apply online.

Council committee meetings will continue to meet in chambers, with appropriate distancing and precautions in place. They will be available to view through Council’s YouTube channels
Up to 100 people can attend a funeral, tangihanga, kawe/hari mate or unveiling ceremony/hura kōhatu
Hospitality businesses must keep groups of customers separated, seated, and served by a single person with a maximum of 100 people at a time
The Harbourside Market is partially open today – but no fruit and vegetables and other produce is being sold
Most of our community centres will remain open at Alert Level 2. Please contact your local centre to confirm before you visit, and for information about courses and programmes
Toi Pōneke arts centre will be open
The Cable Car and Metlink have confirmed that face coverings are mandatory on all bus, train and ferry services and will continue to run a full timetable
At this stage, Council is encouraging those who can work from home for the next three days to do so. However, Ministry of Health guidelines will be adhered to by those who need to go into work.