23 March 2020
We are being asked to unite against COVID-19 and if we do this right we will save lives.
I’m asking you all to follow the lead of the Government – to follow the directives we have been given and to do the right thing now so we can stamp this out.
We need to stop the spread of the virus and what we do now will make a difference. This is so important.
It’s a difficult time for everyone but it is also a time for calm heads, common sense and caring.
Uniting against COVID-19 means just that – we need to work together and play our part in trying to limit the impact on our families, our community and New Zealand.
Council’s role during this time is to continue providing essential services and our governance arm is working out decision-making mechanisms to get us through and ensure the organisation is enabled to do that. Staff have been working extremely hard to ensure we are as prepared as possible. These are unprecedented times and we will need to work in different ways across the coming period of time.
Like health, emergency services, government agency and other frontline staff, council staff are committed to ensuring the continuation of essential services to our community.
I understand that people will be anxious but I urge you all to remain calm and to keep yourselves informed.
Most importantly right now, be kind – to yourselves and to others.
Check on your loved ones, your whanau and friends and your neighbours. Help those who need it if you can, even if that just means staying in regular contact.
Working together – tatau tatau as we always have – we will get through this.
Steve Chadwick - Mayor of Rotorua
The Prime Minister has indicated that at this stage Alert Level 4 will be in place for four weeks and we have been asked to take the following actions to slow the spread of the virus:
- Stay home and stop all interaction with people outside of your household;
- If you are providing non-essential services and can work from home, you should do so;
- Do not panic buy (we will not run out of food - supermarkets will remain open and you will still have access to health services, service stations and essential banking services;
- Keep your distance from others if you are outdoors or buying essentials;
- No non-essential travel – stay put;
- Non-essential businesses and schools will need to close.
For more information and advice:
For all you need to know go to www.covid19.govt.nz or www.health.govt.nz
Support and advice for local businesses and tourists is available from Rotorua Economic Development www.rotorua.nz.com
Contact Rotorua Lakes Council on 07 3484199 and for latest updates and information visit the website www.rotorualakescouncil.nz or follow us on Facebook.