The whole of the South Island will be upgraded to amber when the new traffic light system goes into effect on Friday.
âAt the orange level, only people who have been doubly vaccinated and have the official My Vaccine Pass will be allowed to use many of the council’s public facilities,â City Council CEO Dawn Baxendale said.
âWe take seriously our responsibility to protect our staff and our communities as we move on to living with Covid-19. “
Under amber and green lights, if the vaccine passes are not used to enter a public establishment, it will be limited to 50 people. Public facilities and retail businesses will always have capacity limits, but if vaccination passes are used, there will be no assembly limits.
âIf we decided not to use the My Vaccine Pass, we would have to limit the number of people using our facilities to 50 people at a time,â Baxendale said.
“By forcing people to present vaccine passports, we can allow more people to use our facilities, but during busy peak periods we can hit capacity limits.”
The requirement for vaccination certificates at municipal facilities will not apply to persons under 12 years of age.
âWe have a very high vaccination rate in our city, so most residents will be able to continue using our facilities as usual,â Baxendale said.
âSome people are not vaccinated and therefore will not be able to access our facilities until we go green on the traffic light system.
âFor these people, we are looking for alternative ways to give them access to our services.
âWe have shown through previous blocks that we can use online channels to provide a wide range of remote services, including gym classes and library resources, including click and collect.
âWhen we switch to the new traffic light system on Friday, it is important that people continue to use the NZ COVID tracker app to scan locations. We have high immunization rates in our district, but we cannot afford to let our guard down. We must always take the threat of the virus seriously and do all we can to protect those at risk. ”
From Friday (December 3), visitors:
- Recreation centers, including indoor pools: must wear a mask and show their vaccination certificate at the entrance.
- Libraries: must wear a mask and have a vaccination certificate.
- Christchurch Art Gallery and Akaroa Museum: must wear a mask and have a vaccination certificate.
- Civic Offices and Customer Service Centers: must wear a mask and have a vaccination certificate.
- Transfer stations: must wear a mask. Vaccination certificates will not be required. Social distancing of one meter is encouraged.
Events at council facilities will be able to take place with no limit to the number of gatherings if vaccine certificates are used. If vaccination certificates are not used, a maximum of 50 people will be allowed to attend.
Public washrooms, playgrounds, parks, cemeteries, docks and jetties will be open normally.
At the orange level, home inspectors, liquor licensing officers, dog control officers and other environmental service officers will wear masks as needed. Sites that require proof of vaccine from these municipal officials are requested to communicate this when making their reservations.
People wishing to attend council or community council meetings should be doubly vaccinated. If they are not, they will have to arrange to attend the meeting by audiovisual link. City council meetings will continue to be broadcast live.
- A full list of council facilities and their operation under the traffic light system can be found here.