Beth Houlbrooke, the Deputy Chair of the Rodney Local Board (Auckland Council), has kindly provided the following information:
A full list of Auckland Council’s services, with adjustments for Step 1 at Alert Level 3, will be published on our website after 11.59pm on Tuesday 5 October.
At Alert Level 3, Auckland Council customer-facing facilities like leisure centres, community venues, customer service centres and libraries remain closed.
Here’s what’s new at Alert Level 3 (Step 1):
- Public toilets – we will be opening additional public toilets in places where people are most likely to gather, over the coming days. A full list of public toilets open at Alert Level 3 (Step 1) can be found on OurAuckland and will be updated daily.
- Regional parks – regional parks will be open during regular seasonal hours.
- Alcohol bans – there are liquor bans in place at some of our beaches and parks. You can find details of where and when the bans apply on our website. These bans still apply under Step 1 and Police will continue to enforce them. Check before you pack your picnic please.
- Picnic tables – picnic tables in our parks and open spaces are available for use, with physical distancing in place.
- Dog walking – consider walking your dog on a leash so you can keep a safe distance from others. We encourage dog owners to check the rules before you set out as some parks don’t permit dogs and others have strict on-leash rules.
- Playgrounds, pump tracks and skate parks – playgrounds, pump and bike tracks, and skate parks will reopen. We will start to remove tape and fencing, and reinstall basketball hoops in the coming days.
- Boating – boat ramps will re-open and boating is permitted with restrictions. If your boat has an enclosed space, only 1 household or bubble can go boating. If it does not have an enclosed space, 2 households or a maximum of 10 people can participate.
- QR codes – QR codes are already in place at our public toilets. Over the coming days we will be putting QR codes on our play spaces. Please continue to input manual entries on the NZ COVID Tracer app while we get these in place.
- Outdoor showers – showers will be turned back on.
- Drinking fountains – drinking fountains will remain switched off.
- Cemeteries – gates at our three main cemeteries, Waikumete, North Shore Memorial Park and Manukau Memorial Gardens, will remain closed so we can continue to manage the number of attendees as per the government guidelines.
Activities that cannot go ahead
At Step 1 many activities cannot go ahead, and most facilities remain closed.
- Gyms and indoor recreation facilities cannot open.
- Overnight stays, for example at your bach or in AirBnB accommodation, cannot happen.
- Camping, including hiring a campervan, cannot happen.
- Businesses must still be contactless, so close-contact businesses such as hairdressers and barbers cannot operate or visit your home, including your backyard
- You can only travel to Waiheke Island or Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island) if you are a resident on either of the islands.