Dunedin’s key services remain unaffected

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Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins. PHOTO: ALLIED PRESS FILES

The Dunedin City Council is reassuring residents that key services and facilities are unaffected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins said the city’s water remained safe “and we always prioritise our delivery of critical services such as water and wastewater, and rubbish collection”.

“We don’t want residents worrying that these services are at risk, because keeping them going is always our key focus,” Mr Hawkins said.

“This is a stressful time for a lot of people, in what are turbulent and unprecedented times.

“It’s more important than ever that we look out for each other and check in on older friends and whanau in particular.”

The outbreak has had a limited impact on business-as-usual council activities.

Swimming pools, libraries, museums and galleries remain open, as does the Customer Services Centre.

“If facilities such as these need to close, we’ll do that in a co-ordinated, sensible way, in collaboration with other councils, led by central government.”

In the meantime, posters will be put up at council facilities asking people who are unwell, or have travelled from overseas in the past 14 days, to delay their visit and go home.

Dunedin City Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose said council would not be holding public events where more than 100 people are expected to attend.

Staff organising smaller events will decide whether to proceed based on the details of the individual event.