There have only been five confirmed cases on the West Coast, all of these cases have now recovered, currently, we have zero recorded active cases in our region. Please continue to follow the advice from the government at all Alert Levels to stop the spread of the virus. Alert Level information can be found here.
Life at Alert Level 2
Life at Alert Level 2 means we can resume many of our everyday activities — but we have to do so safely.
- Most businesses can open if they can do it safely. This will help to get people back to work.
- We can go in-store at local businesses.
- Tertiary education facilities, schools and early learning centres will be open.
- We can travel between regions.
- Initially, gatherings like weddings, funerals, tangihanga, religious ceremonies and social gatherings can have up to 10 people.
- We can safely connect and socialise with close friends and family, in groups of 10.
- We can visit local cafes and restaurants bars and pubs to have a meal.
- We can return to our regular recreation activities, at first keeping to 10 people.
What is COVID-19?
|Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand||1,154||0|
|Number of probable cases||350||0|
|Number of confirmed and probable cases||1,504||0|
|Number of recovered cases||1,456||0|
|Number of deaths||21||0|
|Number of active cases||27||0|
|Number of cases in hospital||1||0|
COUNCIL SERVICES AND FACILITIES
Council Monthly Meetings
To comply with Government restrictions on gathering numbers, Council meetings will be held via a mixture of in-person and remotely. Meetings will be live-streamed. To get access to the live steam meetings please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civil Defence Emergency Coordination Centre set up
Household goods and services assistance number
- Call the free government helpline 0800 779 997 or on 0800 22 66 57 (8am – 1am, 7 days a week).
- Call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor
- Call Healthline 0800 358 5453
- Call your local GP
- Or call 111 in an emergency
Gatherings, events, and public venues
Gathering at your home
You can have friends and family over to your home, but gatherings are limited to up to 10 people, or the people who usually live in your house.
Play it safe — keep surfaces clean, wash your hands, and keep the numbers low so you can practice safe physical distancing.
Gathering outside your home
You can attend gatherings in controlled settings outside of your home. Gatherings include:
- funerals and tangihanga
- family events
- religious services
- public meetings.
- have no more than 10 people
- not be longer than 2 hours
- keep high hygiene standards
- record attendees to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if necessary.
You can't participate in any gatherings if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason.
Many public venues will be open again at Alert Level 2. This includes:
- museums and libraries
- restaurants, cafes and bars (only for dining at first).
Detailed guidance about the numbers allowed in public venues like museums and libraries will be released soon. They must maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Sport and recreation facilities are covered in the sport recreation section
- keep groups of attendees 1 metre apart
- not have groups larger than 10 people
- not have more than 100 people in total — this excludes staff.
Hospitality venues can only serve customers if they are there to dine.
Some venues will stay shut if they can't open safely.
Workplaces and businesses
At Alert Level 2 businesses can operate if they're able to do so safely.
Engaging with customers
At Alert Level 2 businesses can have customers on their premises if they can meet public health requirements. This means businesses should:
- have good contact registers, or contact tracing records, in place to record everyone who you interact with on your premises
- maintain physical distancing of 1 metre between groups of customers, or 2 metres if not possible to keep contact tracing records
- not have groups larger than 10 people
- maintain a 2 hour time limit for customers to be on your premises.
Services can also be provided on customers' premises, for example, cleaning and home help.
Most businesses can open their premises to the public:
- cafes, restaurants, and bars for dining
- hardware, gardening, and clothing retailers
- butchers, bakeries, and fishmongers.
Hospitality businesses should keep groups seated, separated, and use a single server if possible. This means each group has one server, though servers can each serve more than one table.
Financial assistance for businesses and employers