This page has been set up to give you the latest council and community updates and any affected services as a result of COVID-19
We are currently in Alert Level 2 until 6 September. This will be reviewed by the Government prior to 6 September.
Which council services are still operating?
Our council buildings are still open, but we will require you to sign in, as will local businesses. This is a Government requirement – even if you’re using the Covid Tracing App. Please, be kind and patient while we all re-adjust to these changes.
What are the Golden Rules of Alert Level 2?
What you need to know:
Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still go to work and school, but you must:
- keep your distance from other people in public
- wash your hands
- sneeze and cough into your elbow
- keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer app in the Apple App Store or from Google Play.
- wear a face covering if you can – this can be a mask, scarf or bandana. Anything which covers your mouth and nose is okay.
People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
We’ll continue to:
- keep tight controls in place at our borders
- test for COVID-19
- find and self-isolate anyone who is unwell, as well as their close contacts.
No more than 100 people at gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.
If you’re unwell
- If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
- If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline to get advice about being tested.Testing is free and available at medical practices.
- If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
Keep your distance when out and about:
- 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops.
- 1 metre in most other environments like workplaces, cafes, restaurants, and gyms.
At Alert Levels 2 the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher. You should wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport or in shops.
What can I do to support local businesses?
Carterton has already been doing a fantastic job of supporting our local businesses. We know some of them will continue to feel the effects of Covid-19 for quite some time, so it’s important we keep putting our money where our heart is – in Carterton!
Businesses can still open to the public under Level 2 if they are following public health guidance, which include physical distancing and record keeping.
Even if you are using the Covid Tracing App, some businesses are still required by the government to keep their own contact tracing register. Please be kind and patient if you are asked to supply your contact details.
Where do I find reliable, up to date information about COVID-19?
Your reliable sources of truth can be found at:
Sources of official information are:
- Latest updates: govt.nz/latest-updates
- Frequently asked questions:govt.nz/#faqs
- Staying at home: covid19.govt.nz/individuals-and-households/health-and-wellbeing/staying-at-home-and-self-isolation
- Looking after others: govt.nz/how-were-uniting/looking-after-others
- Financial support: govt.nz/government-actions/financial-support
- Community groups and volunteers: covid19.govt.nz/communities/groups/volunteering/
- List of essential businesses:govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/essential-businesses
- Public transport: org.nz/our-metlink-journey/covid-19-important-information
- Ministry of Health: health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
- Ministry of Education: education.govt.nz/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-3/
- Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office WREMO: wremo.nz
- Government Unite Against COVID-19 Facebook page:com/UniteAgainstCovid19