Council facilities close in wake of Govt move

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is one of the facilities to close.
The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is one of the facilities to close.
The remainder of the Dunedin City Council's facilities have closed following the latest Government announcements today.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, the Dunedin Chinese Gardens, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Forsyth Barr Stadium and the Edgar Centre among others have closed until further notice.

Libraries and pools closed on Saturday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today put the country on alert level 3, and said it would move to level 4 in 48 hours. The move means all non-essential services no have to close.

Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins said all of the council's face-to-face services and places where people could gather have closed.

"I know this is a very worrying time for residents in Dunedin, around the country, and around the world.

However, it's important to stay calm as all our essential services, such as water, wastewater, and rubbish collection, continue to operate as usual.

"The DCC will keep doing the key things to keep our city ticking over.

He said the council was working through what the latest announcement would mean for its staff.

"We provide a suite of essential services such as water, waste water, storm water, social housing and civil defence.

"Those people will still come to work with good physical distancing and other health and safety measures.

"We'll also be looking at areas of redeployment for staff working from home, such as online services and caring for people in our community."

He said the community needed to support and help each other.

"There's a lot of uncertainty everywhere and as a community we need to support and help each other.

"Things are changing very quickly, sometimes hour by hour, but we will do our best to provide information and advice for our residents as quickly as we can.

"We will continue to provide all the support we can to health authorities, which are leading the Covid-19 response." 


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