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Stay home (not your holiday home) and save lives

Stay home (not your holiday home) and save lives

Posted April 03, 2020
Council Matters

Media Release: Thames Coromandel District Council

Thames Coromandel District Council is hearing that holiday home and bach owners are relocating to their District between now and Easter. There appears to have been a marked increase in traffic, particularly during the hours of darkness, travelling up both sides of the Coromandel and lots of reports of holiday homes with people in them, which is not the norm for this time of year.

“The message is clear - stay home and save lives,” says Mayor Sandra Goudie. “Home is not your second holiday home, it’s your permanent place of residence. “The capacity of our medical and other essential services is not the same as the larger centres. If we get a cluster of sick people outside of our usual permanent population, our medical facilities will struggle.”

“Thank you to the large number of our residents who are abiding by the guidelines, however those that continue to disregard the guidelines to suit themselves by fishing, boating, swimming, surfing, exercising far from home, driving around for no particular reason, and so on, are placing unnecessary added stress on the rest of our community.

“We’re all in this together and need to take this seriously. This is not a holiday and it’s likely measures will stay in place for a number of weeks,” says Mayor Sandra.

If you’re still unclear on the guidelines under COVID-19 Alert Level 4 and what it means, click here.

Or, if you suspect a business or individual is breaching the guidelines, you can report them online here or call the non-emergency number - 105. Don’t ring 111 as that is for emergencies only.

Free phone 0800 800 405 has been established for Waikato people struggling to get food, groceries, medication or other household goods and services. This is available between 7am and 7pm daily, but does not replace other government helplines already in operation.Being in lockdown makes us experience all sorts of things: anxiety, loneliness, fear. Need to talk? Free phone or text 1737.