Environment Southland closed after visit from contact of Covid case

Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files
Environment Southland has closed its office today until further notice after a contact of a positive Covid-19 case met with staff this week.

In a statement this afternoon, a spokeswoman said the council was notified the contact of a positive Covid-19 case had visited and met with staff in the last two days.

The spokeswoman said staff are well-equipped to work from home until further information was available and a decision could be made about reopening.

Staff are not required to self-isolate at this stage and field work can continue with safety precautions in place.

Despite the visit from the contact, Environment Southland is not a location of interest.

Chief executive Rob Phillips said the council has systems well embedded that allow staff to set up and work from home very quickly so services can continue.

“We really appreciate that the visitor to our office has been very open with us about their contact and this has allowed us to take precautionary measures.”

Anybody needing to get in touch can still phone 0800 76 88 45 or email service@es.govt.nz.



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