Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says that under Covid Level Three next week libraries, pools, playgrounds and community centres will stay closed.
But he says it’s likely that the Otaihanga and Ōtaki rubbish transfer stations will re-open under Level Three
“We’ll continue to deliver essential services and, for the most part, Council staff will continue to work remotely to limit the amount of contact they have in the community,” he says.
“There’s a lot of detail to be worked through and the operators of these facilities need to be satisfied that they can operate effectively under the government’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Emergency help stays in place
The Council’s virtual emergency centre and welfare support helpline will continue to operate remotely during Alert Level 3. The Mayor says it is too early to say when the emergency operations centre would be stood down at this stage.
The Mayor says the Council knows many people are struggling and it’s important the KCDC emergency centre continues to connect with our local government and health partners across the region.
“Moving to Alert Level 3 will still mean people who have no other means of support will need help to access essential supplies such as food and medication. As such our welfare support helpline, which can be accessed by calling the Council on 0800 486 486, will remain active,” he says.
The Mayor said Councillors would continue to connect remotely to progress discussions about how the Council best supports the Kāpiti Coast to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
“This is a dynamic and changing situation. As a Council, we’ll continue to look for new and innovative ways to support our community and our economy to recover in the coming weeks, months and years, while balancing the need to do our job and deliver essential services in a sustainable way.