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Source: Auckland Council

Auckland Council has welcomed today’s announcement that the country will shortly move to Alert Level 2.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “After six weeks in lockdown, it’s good to have the greater freedom that the move to alert level two brings us.

“It’s good, too, for the businesses that will now be able to reopen.

“But with that freedom comes responsibility. We still need to observe physical distancing and the heightened hygiene focus which we have learned over recent months.

“And we need, all of us, to avoid reckless behaviour which increases the risk of transmission of the virus,” he says.

Auckland Council chief executive Stephen Town says the council is carefully considering how and when it can open its network of facilities, such as libraries, pools, leisure centres and community venues, when Alert Level 2 comes into effect.

“For the safety of our staff and communities it is important we can support the strict hygiene and physical distancing measures required under Level 2 before we open. Given the scale and size of our facilities, this is likely to mean a staged approach in some areas as we move back to a new, safer normal.

“With more than 400 facilities throughout Auckland, including 55 libraries, 38 pools and leisure centres, and nearly 250 council-run and community-led venues, we need to open our facilities in Level 2 in a way that is safe and manageable for our staff and customers and locks-in the gains we made in Level 3.”

Further information on Auckland Council’s services under Alert Level 2 will be provided in the coming days.