16 April 2020
Rotorua Mayor reinforces the need for people to remain vigilant following information about Alert Level 3
Rotorua Mayor, Steve Chadwick, reinforces the need for people to remain vigilant and to continue to put health first following the Prime Minister’s address this afternoon regarding Alert Level 3 restrictions.
“People’s health remains paramount and we don’t want to lose momentum on stamping out the virus,” Mayor Chadwick says.
“How and when we transition between the different alert levels needs to be done very carefully and safely or we risk reversing the progress that is being made and that would only exacerbate the impacts of COVID-19, including economically. We do not want to move backwards and I support the Government’s approach to progress carefully towards normality rather than rush.”
The mayor says there will be a significant impact and economic downturn regardless of when restrictions are relaxed, requiring a balance between fighting the virus and stamping it out and doing what can be done to protect businesses and the economy.
“I know many businesses out there are poised and eager to re-open or re-launch in some form as soon as that is allowed and some will now have a better idea of how this could work.
“We’re all keen to learn when that move to alert level three will happen, but in the mean time I urge you to remain vigilant, remain patient and please, keep doing as we are all being asked to do, so that we can start on the recovery just as soon as it is possible and safe to do so,” Mayor Chadwick says.
Rotorua Lakes Council is now considering the new information that has been released about Alert Level 3 restrictions, and how this will affect our operations once we move out of Alert Level 4.
We will provide more on Council’s operations under Alert Level 3 once our teams have had the opportunity to digest this new information and revisit their business continuity plans.
While it is encouraging to have this new information and it allows us to plan for the next steps, we know that it is still a time of uncertainty for many. We encourage you to utilise the resources available to you to help you through this challenging time.
For more information and advice:
For information on Alert Levels visit www.covid19.govt.nz/alert-system
For Welfare support (food, essential items, heating etc) in the Bay of Plenty phone 0800 884 222
For all you need to know go to www.covid19.govt.nz or www.health.govt.nz
Support and advice for local businesses is available from Rotorua Economic Development www.rotorua.nz.com
Contact Rotorua Lakes Council on 07 348 4199 and for latest updates and information visit the website www.rotorualakescouncil.nz or follow us on Facebook.