Here you'll find information and updates from Council in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last updated: Wednesday 8 September 2021
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Alert Level 2
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
- If you're feeling unwell, stay home
- Keep your distance from others as much as possible
- Wash your hands well and frequently
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow
- Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen
- Wear a mask in public if you can
Keep track of where you've been
Fast and effective contact tracing is one way we can all work together to prevent any further spread of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health has created a tracing app — NZ COVID Tracer. The app helps you to create a digital diary of where you have been.
If you don't use the app, there is now a NZ COVID Tracer booklet.
Wearing a face covering helps keep you and others safe. Find out more about the requirements here.
Kerbside collections will continue as per your usual collection day. Please use our collection day finder to check which bins you need to put out.
Recycling and greenwaste centres
Recycling centres and the Ōmokoroa greenwaste drop-off will begin to re-open from Tuesday 7 September.
The usual open hours and days will apply for all sites:
|Thursday: 1pm to 4pm|
Saturday: 9am to 12pm
Sunday: 1pm to 4pm
|Thursday: 9am to 4pm|
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday: 9am to 12pm
|Wednesday: 2pm to 4pm|
Saturday: 2pm to 4pm
|Tuesday: 8am to 5pm|
Thursday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Before visiting the centre please note the following processes put in place for everyone’s safety
- Please stay home if you feel unwell
- Everyone must scan in as per Alert Level 2 requirements
- Regulations around face masks apply as per Alert Level 2 requirements
- Keep 2 metres away from other people
- All glass to be dropped off together as mixed glass (sorting to begin 13 September)
- Cardboard must be flattened before arrival to limit time onsite
- Separate recyclables prior to arrival for easy drop-off into plastics, glass, paper, tins/can and cardboard
- No cash – Eftpos only for greenwaste drop-off
- Pre-paid green rubbish bags accepted until 13 September
Parks, playgrounds and pools
All playgrounds and reserve facilities are open from Wednesday 8 September.
Reserve facilities can be used again - including playgrounds, public toilets, picnic tables, drinking fountains and public barbecues.
Ensure you continue to follow safe social distancing, staying 2m away from others.
Our contractors are now back mowing reserves and fields, as well as gardening and other maintenance. Note - it may take some time for these spaces to return to normal again.
Barkes Corner head office, libraries and services centres
Te Puke, Katikati and Ōmokoroa libraries will open from Wednesday 8 September at reduced hours, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Waihī Beach will recommence normal opening hours (Monday to Thursday 10am - 2pm, Friday 10am - 5pm). All libraries will be closed Saturday 11 and 18 September.
Numbers at each location will be limited – this will be managed at the door. All visitors will be required to scan or sign in, and supply contact details for contact tracing upon entry. Government regulations around mandatory face masks will also apply.
If you have any books on loan please do not rush to bring these back as all loans have been extended until 30 September. Returns will only be accepted during opening hours with returns chutes closed in order for our people to manage the flow.
To help everyone maintain distancing signs and floor markings have been installed at re-opened facilities.
Surfaces at Council library and service centres will be frequently cleaned and hand sanitiser will be available for visitors to use.
Note that Council’s Barkes Corner office is currently undergoing refurbishment and a temporary reception has been set up nearby on the Barkes Corner site. Customers should use the alternate public entrance, marked by signs onsite.
TECT Park is open for visitors and user groups subject to compliance with the Alert Level 2 requirements. This includes the off leash dog exercise area and public motorbike trails.
Council meetings resume in person where they are able to operate safely and where physical distancing of 2 meters is maintained between Elected Members, staff and members of the public.
Meeting/gathering attendance limits will be determined by strict social distancing (two meters) as outlined above and contact tracing protocols being adhered to.
Save our pipes from wipes
Wet wipes can cause a real headache for Council if people put them down the toilet instead of in the rubbish during lockdown.
Repairing any blockages can put staff at higher risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
We realise that wipes are a convenient and hygienic option, but please don’t flush them down the toilet. Place them in a bag and put them out for rubbish pick-up to the landfill.