‘Take A Walk Round The Block’ — Guru

Kāpiti Coast Mayor K Gurunathan ( Guru) is suggesting citizens walk around the block while keeping a two-metre distance from others.

Mayor K Gurunathan

Other helpful advice yesterday includes this:

“Get your neighbour’s phone number, set up a community group chat, get your gear to work from home, and cancel social gatherings of any size or shape.”

He was speaking after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced New Zealand had moved from alert level 2 to level 3, and will move to level 4 by midnight tomorrow.

“This means everyone needs to prepare for self-isolation,” he says.

“This lockdown is going to put pressure on many in our community, whether social, economic or both. We need to continue to practice kindness and keep in touch with each other in safe ways.”

Essential services OK

“We will have more to say in the coming days but in the first instance we want to reassure you that our essential drinking water supply and waste water services will continue as usual.

“Schools and all educational facilities will be fully closed from midnight Wednesday, along with businesses except essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, and lifeline utilities.

“For more information on the latest steps and the current situation visit covid19.govt.nz. For up-to-date information about our Council’s response to COVID-19 and how this impacts our services and facilities visit www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/covid19.

“We have been given very clear instructions from the Government and it is important that we adhere to these in a unified way – working together gives us our best chance of protecting lives,” Mayor Gurunathan says.

Mayor Gurunathan says the Council is working to review its operations to allow for a new approach following the decision to move to alert level 4.

Mayor Gurunathan says the Council will provide regular updates as the situation develops.

Perhaps our great leader could offer some tips on what to do with our rubbish now the transfer stations are closed. The KCDC website suggests that those who (often elderly who can’t manage bins) take their rubbish to the transfer stations, keep it at home for 4 weeks. Now it seems to me that the ‘4 weeks confinement’ is a precursor to a longer lock down. It looks like that the Mayor is indifferent to a further health crisis in the making. Perhaps he could remind himself that the provision of core services is a fundamental responsibility of a council unlike that of self promotion which appears to be his area of expertise.

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