20 April 2020
Plans underway to operate safely under Alert Level 3
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says today’s announcement confirming when New Zealand will move to Alert Level 3 provides certainty for some sectors that will be able to operate again but reinforces the need to continue to live “cautiously and mindfully” so we don’t lose the gains that have been made.
The country will move from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Monday April 27 following a decision by Cabinet today. (see Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement HERE).
“The caution of holding at Alert Level 4 until the 28th is understandable and I like the ‘get ready’ approach akin to a recovery room,” the mayor says.
“While our local economy has been devastated and we need businesses to be able to operate again as soon as possible, saving the economy needs to be balanced with saving lives.”
While Alert Level 3 won’t change much for many people, it is good news for businesses able to get back to work like construction, forestry, manufacturing and contactless retail, Mayor Chadwick says.
“Some businesses have been busy gearing up to operate differently so they can align with level 3 requirements and operate again sooner rather than later and that’s great to see. We are also hearing about innovative adaption in the likes of the forestry sector, working together to make best use of available log supply.
“For others who can’t get back to business under Level 3 there is a longer wait and it will be tough. I encourage anyone who hasn’t done so yet to connect with Rotorua Economic Development (RED) for advice and support to access assistance that is available,” the mayor says.
“Council, in collaboration with RED, is working with key stakeholders, including business sectors, to progress our Build Back Better strategy, aligned to the Government’s approach to fight the virus, cushion the impact and position for effective recovery.
“As hard as this is for us all, the Government’s ongoing careful approach is the right one so we don’t lose the huge gains made and risk having to return to lockdown, which would cause even greater long-term damage.
“I would like to send out a big thanks to all our health workers who have been so professional during this period of time and ask our residents to continue to live cautiously and mindfully so we don’t undo the amazing efforts you have all contributed to,” Mayor Chadwick says.
Following the announcement today, Rotorua Lakes Council is now actioning plans to operate safely under this new alert level.
Any changes to Council services at Alert Level 3 will be highlighted on our website.
The organisation is currently in the process of assessing what services we can restart and how we can do so safely.
Until sufficient provisions have been put in place to ensure staff can operate safely and in accordance with Alert Level 3 requirements, services will continue as they have been under Alert Level 4.
The health and safety of our staff and of the community is paramount, and any change in service provision needs to be carefully considered and implemented.
Information about the changes made at a national level under Alert Level 3 are available here. This includes information about your bubble, recreation, education, workers and businesses, and travel.
Please remember that we remain in Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm next Monday and all Alert Level 4 restrictions remain in place until then.
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 emotional and mental wellbeing support visit https://covid19.govt.nz/individuals-and-households/health-and-wellbeing/looking-after-your-mental-wellbeing/
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.