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The city and Otago Regional Councils have stopped short of adopting some of the radical changes being applied in Auckland as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Auckland Council yesterday said it was closing art galleries, museums, libraries and pools for two weeks, to try to slow Covid-19’s spread.
Dunedin City Council chief executive Sue Bidrose said Dunedin would not follow suit.
The cities were different in terms of population size and density.
‘‘They [Auckland] have very serious concern that they have multiple cases, many people are in isolation and they simply are not able to do social distancing in their libraries and facilities.
‘‘They are closing for a couple of weeks while they see if they can work that through.’’
A nationwide Covid-19 response framework, which had the broad approval of the Ministry of Health, had been created ‘‘so that all councils can make consistent decisions to suit local circumstances’’.
Council facilities would stay open, as it fitted with the current recommendations, although this would be constantly reviewed, she said.
‘‘The physical and mental health and well-being of our community are paramount and remain the driving considerations in today’s discussion.’’