Media Release: Western Bay District Council - Luke Balvery
All Western Bay of Plenty District Council libraries, service centres, swimming pools and recycling centres across the District will close later today.
Council made the announcement this morning to support the Government’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many of our facilities include communal spaces with people in close contact. While they are important hubs across our District our community and our country’s health must come first,” says Council CEO Miriam Taris.
As a result, the following facilities will close at 5pm today, Monday 23 March.
· The Centre - Pātuki Manawa
· Omokoroa Library and Service Centre
· Te Puke Library and Service Centre
· Waihi Beach Library and Service Centre
· Dave Hume Swimming Pool (Katikati)
· Te Puke Memorial Pool
· Community Recycling and Greenwaste Centres – Katikati, Athenree, Omokoroa, Te Puke and the fortnightly rural recycling trial programme at BP Pongakawa
Council has been following Ministry of Health guidelines and other directive from central government to mitigate risks to Council services and staff from the pandemic.
Following the closure of the libraries and service centres, there will be a 48-hour grace period should people wish to undertake any last minute transactions – until 5pm Wednesday 25 March. This will be done on a one at a time model via the after hours library book return slot.
To help do their bit, the public are advised not to return any library books currently issued. Any issued books will be extended (no overdues or fines).
To help promote the Ministry of Health’s social distancing guideline of two metres between people, Council’s free Wi-Fi capabilities at all library and service centres will be unavailable for the duration of the closure.
All closures will be monitored and reassessed on an ongoing basis.
“At the present time we will continue to make calculated decisions to balance continuity of Council services with the safety of the public and minimisation of the spread of COVID-19,” explains Miriam.
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