Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie update
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Posted April 08, 2020
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Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie joined Brian Gentil on the Gold FM Breakfast Show this morning with an update almost two weeks into the Covid-19 virus rahui, or lockdown.Mayor Sandra is well and loves the views from her temporary office, at home. She’s been checking the meeting schedule for council and making sure the Zoom meetings will run smoothly with a test run or two.
Brian asked the Mayor about the concern being caused by the influx of bach owners coming to the Coromandel for Easter, even though they had been told to ‘stay at home’, which was where they were living on March 25.Mayor Sandra said it could cause pressure on the local food supplies, hospital and medical care and create possible shortages of certain medical products if visitors required prescriptions while on the Coromandel. She also said they are ratepayers so locals should still treat them with respect. “Being nasty is not us, we’re Kiwis,” she said.
Brian mentioned that the new arrivals will need to abide by the rules set down nationwide and not congregate, gather on the beach, go fishing and the like.
Mayor Sandra commented on the Waikato Health Board and the fact some think they are holding back on information about whether there are any case of Covid-19 on the Coromandel. She thinks people should know how many cases are in the district, but not which part of the district.
Local businesses are and will be affected going into the future and Mayor Sandra touched on this. It’s a very nervous time while we wait to move down to Level 3 and get some of these businesses going again. She stressed how important it will be for people to support local businesses when this happens.
Brian brought up the Community Based Assessment Centres for Covid-19 testing being set up in the Coromandel with one in Whangamata and another at Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki in Thames.
They also talked about how fast the time has gone, with two weeks almost over of the four week stand down, with Mayor Goudie saying with the stressful time at present people needed to be as kind to themselves as they are to others.
Brian surprised Mayor Sandra with his description of the four week rahui being like a netball game of four quarters with the first two just about behind us. She reminded people to stick to the rules so we don’t get an extension; stay home and save lives.
Click our podcast link to hear the full interview with Mayor Sandra Goudie.