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Council services and the Covid 19 protection framework

Visiting Council sites at Red

From 11.59pm, Monday 24 January, visitors, the public and contractors will need to show a vaccine passport to enter the following Council premises:

  • Westland District Council main office and Customer Service Centre
  • Westland District Library (a click-and-collect service is available for those without a vaccine pass)
  • Hokitika Museum

Please follow the directions of our staff so we can check everyone in as quickly as possible.

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser.

Please allow extra time as there may be queues due to scanning requirements. Please maintain social distancing when standing in a queue.

Other Council premises:

  • Hokitika i-SITE - is restricted to a maximum of 10 people at a time. AA/NZTA services are available by appointment only and reader tests will not be permitted.
  • Hokitika Swimming Pool - from 11:59pm Monday 24 January, Hokitika Swimming Pool will be restricted to a maximum of 25 people in the facility at all times. Visitors must use COVID tracing and wear a face covering when being served at the counter. Only one swimmer per lane, unless they are from the same bubble/household. Inflatables and toys will not be permitted in the water during this period. Our swim classes will continue with physical distancing in place.
  • Hokitika Airport - a vaccine pass is not required to enter the terminal. Masks are mandatory inside the terminal unless seated for eating or drinking. Physical distancing is strongly encouraged.
  • Transfer Stations – a vaccine pass is not required. Please wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.

Keep track of where you go. You must scan your Covid Tracer app or use an alternatively provided sign-in process when entering a Council premises as the Covid Vaccination Pass is not a substitute for contact tracing.

If you are unwell with any of these symptoms, please stay home and call your doctor: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sneezing or a runny nose

What is the Covid-19 Protection Framework?

The Framework is a flexible 3-level approach to managing COVID-19 in the community:

  • Green: limited community transmission and COVID-19 case numbers are at levels the health system can manage.
  • Orange: community transmission is increasing and putting pressure on the health system.
  • Red: the health system is facing an unsustainable number of hospitalisations and action is needed to protect vulnerable people.

The Framework allows a greater level of freedom for vaccinated people than would be possible under the Alert Level system, and so reduces the social and economic burden of public health restrictions. It provides the tools, with public health measures and COVID-19 vaccine passes, to manage the higher public health risk to, and from, unvaccinated people.

How we stay safe at Red:

  • Record keeping and scanning are required.
  • Many places will require you to have a Covid Vaccine pass to enter.
  • Face coverings are mandatory on flights, public transport, in taxis, retail, public venues, and public facilities.

Where we can go at Red:

  • Public facilities are open with capacity limits. Stay physically distanced where possible.
  • Retail, including farmers markets, is open with capacity limits based on 1-metre distancing.
  • ECEs, schools, kura and tertiary providers are open, with public health measures in place.

Getting your COVID Vaccine Pass:

Please request your COVID Vaccine Pass (CVP), so you are ready to be able to enter premises that require the CVP. 

To get your COVID Vaccine Pass visit or call the Ministry of Health on 0800 222 478 between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. Have your NHI (National Health Index) handy.  

For support accessing and printing your CVP you can book an appointment with Westland District library staff using Book-a-librarian. Email or call 03 755 6208.

Council's Covid-19 Position Statement