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Stay home and stay local, Councillor Pippa Coom urges

Published: 19 August 2020

Aucklanders need to keep playing their part by following Alert Level 3 guidelines so that together we can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, says Waitematā and Gulf Councillor Pippa Coom.

The Government’s decision to move the Auckland region to Alert Level 3 until 11.59pm on Sunday 30 August after a new outbreak of the virus means everyone once again has a role to play by staying home and staying local when they go out to shop or exercise.

All council facilities are closed and amenities like playgrounds, pump tracks, park benches and basketball courts are off-limits during lockdown.

Other non-essential council services affected across the Auckland region include libraries, pools and leisure centres, service centres, visitor centres, our network of community venues and our early childhood education centres.

Councillor Coom says that even if you can’t see a closed sign on the equipment, the fact that COVID-19 can live on a surface for up to 72 hours means that to be safe you should keep off it.

“It’s vital that people stay home and stay local. We’ve done this before, and we can do it again, but we need everyone to play their part to successfully stop the spread of the virus.”

A full list of affected facilities and amenities can be found on the OurAuckland website, but Councillor Coom also says that the council has a range of great activities to help you and the kids keep busy at home during lockdown.

“You can still access a lot of council services online, like borrowing an electronic book, magazine or audiobook from the library, lodging a consent or registering your dog.”

For up to date information on council services, visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 09 301 0101.

For the most up-to-date government response information please go to covid19.govt.nz

Contact tracing is essential for stopping the spread. All New Zealanders need to keep a record of where they have been to allow faster contact tracing. Use the government’s COVID tracer app if you can or make a note in a diary.

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