Hamilton Level 2: Libraries, Waterworld, Gallagher Aquatic Center and Hamilton Zoo will now reopen on Thursday

Hamilton's playgrounds will reopen on Wednesday, when everywhere outside of Auckland goes to Alert Level 2.

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Hamilton’s playgrounds will reopen on Wednesday, when everywhere outside of Auckland goes to Alert Level 2.

Playgrounds and skate parks will reopen on Wednesday, but Hamiltonians will have to wait an extra day to gain access to city libraries, Waterworld, the Gallagher Aquatic Center and the Hamilton Zoo.

As all of New Zealand – outside of Auckland – goes into Alert Level 2 from 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, community facilities at Hamilton City Council will begin to reopen at reduced capacity.

Physical distancing, maximum number of visitors, face covering and contact tracing measures will be in place.

The council announced on Tuesday, however, that all branches of the City of Hamilton Libraries, Waterworld, Gallagher Aquatic Center and the Hamilton Zoo will not reopen until Thursday, to give staff time to put things in place to respond. public health guidelines.

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Hamilton i-SITE will continue to offer its services by phone or email as long as its office remains closed, the council said.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said all of New Zealand except Auckland will be upgraded to Alert Level 2 from 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7.

One of the main differences from the previous Level 2 restrictions is the limit on gatherings. Indoors, as in hotels or event venues, the maximum number of people allowed is now 50.

Outdoors it is 100 – and records should be kept on attendees at indoor and outdoor events.

People and Organizational Performance Council chief executive David Bryant said there would be changes needed to the way the council operates at Alert Level 2 and in some cases that can mean hours of work. ‘openness and reduced services, “so that we can comply with public health directives”.

“These changes are necessary to keep us all safe and to keep Covid-19 out of our community. We ask Hamiltonians to follow the guidelines in place if they visit a municipal facility and to be kind to our staff and to each other.

A physical distance of two meters will be expected at all council facilities, and visitors will need to log in using the Covid Tracer app or a manual login sheet. Face coverings should be worn inside public facilities.

Surfaces will be cleaned frequently and hand sanitizer will be available for visitors. People who feel sick or sick should stay home.

The Waikato Museum and ArtsPost will reopen on Wednesday, as will the Hamilton Gardens Theme Gardens, Playground, Private Cafe and Information Center.

The council said there would be restrictions on the number of visitors and reduced services to meet public health guidelines. In some cases, hours of operation are also reduced to allow staff to perform additional cleaning and work safely in public areas.

Visitors are encouraged to use contactless payments whenever possible.

The council said all playgrounds, skateparks, basketball courts, sports parks, park toilets and parking lots will also reopen on Wednesday.

“Sports clubs and organizations will need to provide us with a solid plan of how they will meet government requirements. “

The Hamilton Transport Center and the Rotokauri Transport Hub will reopen on Wednesday, as will the Garden Place underground car park.

The municipal council building in Garden Place will reopen to the public from 7.45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting Wednesday. Entrance will only be through the Garden Place entrance. The number of visitors will be limited to five people at a time.

For more information, people can visit hamilton.govt.nz/covid19.

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