Region grinds to a halt


North Canterbury is locked down. Businesses, pubs, cafes, liquor stores and gyms have closed.

The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa has shut, and community events have been cancelled as the region complies with the government’s requirement to stay home and hunker down for at least four weeks in a bid to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Community events have been cancelled and clubs, such as the Rangiora Bridge Club, picture theatres, and farmer’s markets have closed.

All Waimakariri, Hurunui and Kaikoura District Council facilities and buildings are closed, including service centres, libraries, aquatic centres and halls. Essential services remain in operation, which include services such as roading, water, sewerage and stormwater, as well as refuse and recycling parks and refuse collection.

Pandemic planning teams are operating to respond where needed, and an eye is being kept on residents to improve their self-isolation experience.

Many council services are available online, including library services. Fines will not be issued for overdue books, and events booked at halls and council reserves will be refunded.

While council buildings are closed, staff are still available to help, with many working from home.

Councils will be using their websites and social media channels to keep people up-to-date about services.

The Kaikoura council will continue to support Kaikoura Healthcare.

The North Canterbury Business Awards have also been cancelled. Enterprise North Canterbury which hosts the awards, says it will focus on supporting businesses.

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