Secure access to Nelson City Council facilities will operate differently from Friday, December 3, in accordance with the central government’s new COVID-19 protection framework.
The new framework is changing the way New Zealand manages the risk of COVID-19 in the community now that we have high vaccination rates. Many of the services that people access on a daily basis, whether it’s a trip to the library or a swim in a board-owned pool, will have new guidelines that people will need to follow to protect other users and the user. staff.
The COVID-19 protection framework replaces the four-level alert level system with a three-level traffic light system.
At each stage, there are slight differences in what restrictions need to be put in place, but the restrictions are much more lenient when a vaccine pass is required.
From Friday, Nelson will be at the Orange level of the new system, along with the rest of the South Island, and many parts of the North Island.
Nelson City Council incident management team leader Alec Louverdis said guidelines for council facilities were not set in stone and subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation.
“People can probably expect to see changes in approach over the next few months, and while we recognize that people may have differing opinions on which strategies are most effective, we ask that you treat staff, volunteers and anyone else in the community responsible for administering these rules. with kindness and respect.
“Our role now is to ensure that people can access our facilities while remaining protected from COVID-19. In some cases this will mean requiring a vaccine pass, but when a service is essential for everyone, we will rely on measures we are all familiar with, such as continued physical distancing and mask wearing. “
Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese said the challenge Nelson now faces is to function as normally as possible while staying safe.
“We want people to continue to use our facilities, but in complete safety.
“It is important that we treat these situations with respect; it is about the whole community working together.
As the owner / operator of a range of facilities, from campgrounds to sites, Council had to make decisions about each location, which fell within the new framework. Below is an overview of how the Orange facilities operate. These requirements will be clearly posted on the sites and work is underway on the changes that would occur at Red:
Basic library services are an essential part of the daily life of our community. For this reason, people can access our libraries without a vaccination card.
Basic services include, but are not limited to:
• using the library’s computers, printers, scanners and copiers
• using Wi-Fi
• use public toilets
• use and browse library collections
• read newspapers
• study or work in libraries
• general assistance / guidance of library staff
However, a vaccination card will be required for events, programs and any library services in close contact, such as reserving a librarian.
All Nelson City Council libraries will continue to require masks to be worn at all times and a physical distance of 1 m.
Customer service center
Many people need to interact with the Council face to face, which means that you will not need to be vaccinated to enter the customer service center. There will be rules in place to ensure security, as there are at Alert Level 2. These rules are as follows: physical distancing of 1 m, capacity limit of 12, masks mandatory for customers and double entry. sense.
Swimming pools and gymnasiums
The Riverside Pool cannot be separated from the Riverside Gym, which means vaccine passes are required. For consistency between Nelson and Tasman (who need a vaccine pass to enter the Richmond Aquatic Center), the Nayland Park pool will also require a vaccine pass.
Founders Heritage Park
As Founders is largely an outdoor location, a vaccine pass will not be required for entry, but a physical distance of 1m and masks will be required.
This will not apply during events as the park can accommodate more people than usual. For all events at Founders, a vaccine pass will be required. Event organizers will be required to provide Council with a health and safety plan.
A vaccination card will be required for the Founders Café.
Isel and Broadgreen House
These two heritage houses are managed by volunteers. To protect their health, both establishments will need vaccine passes to enter. A physical distance rule of 1m and wearing a mask will also apply.
Nelson’s three campgrounds (Brook Valley Holiday Park, Maitai Valley Motor Camp, and Tahunanui Beach Holiday Park) have long-term occupants, who are not required to have a vaccination card to access the area where they are. live. At Orange level, this means that a vaccine pass is not required at all campgrounds, but a physical distance of 1m is required.
Waahi Taakaro Golf Club
The golf course is a public service and will not require a vaccine pass to play. As a retail location, the golf store will require a physical distance of 1m and may decide to require passes for vaccines.
Wakapuaka Chapel / Crematorium
Vaccine pass requirements are at the discretion of the tenant or the funeral director. If vaccine passes are used, there are no limits, but masks are strongly encouraged. Without a vaccine pass, the chapel will require a physical distance of 1m and have a capacity limit of 25 people.
Council venues will follow the central government event guidelines. The following sites will all require a vaccine pass:
• Trafalgar Center
• Trafalgar Pavilion
• Trafalgar Park
• Green meadows
• Saxton Stadium
• Oval Saxton
Marina facilities and office
As people live aboard their boats at the marina, it is not practical to require vaccine passes to use the marina facilities. A physical distancing rule of 1m will apply and wearing a mask is strongly encouraged.
The marina office will not require a vaccine pass, but only one person can enter at a time, due to space limitations.
Pascoe Street kiosk (waste / recycling)
The transfer station kiosk is an important community service and will not require a vaccine pass. Kiosk users should stay in their cars and pay using a contactless method only. Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged.
Ceremonies in the Council Chamber will be classified as events because of the number of people who will gather in a confined space. This means that a vaccine pass will be required and the wearing of a mask will be strongly encouraged.
Public engagement meetings and events
Any board-hosted meeting where the board engages with the community on a project, for example, will be considered an event and therefore a vaccine pass, physical distancing, and masks will be required.
Meeting with Council staff
In order to protect the health of staff and the public, meetings with planning and construction officials will be held remotely where possible.
Similar to the COVID-19 Alert Level System, the Council will update the community with new guidance if we switch to a different color, or if there is a change for any other reason.
For more information on the COVID-19 protection framework, visit: https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/covid-19-protection-framework/
For local information regarding COVID-19, visit: https://www.nmdhb.govt.nz/quicklinks/about-us/emergency-management-and-planning/covid-19/
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