Following the Government announcement yesterday, Alert Level 1 means everyone can return to work, school and play – and we’re proud of the role our community has played in combating COVID-19 says Mayor Campbell Barry.
“We should all be proud of our collective efforts to successfully stamp out COVID-19. As we can see from other countries around the world, New Zealand is now in the enviable position of being able to remove many restrictions that have been in place,” Campbell Barry says.
He says the focus is now on supporting the economic recovery and ensuring people stay in jobs.
“Our work isn’t over yet. It’s important we turn out attention to the economic recovery, and support our local businesses and people’s jobs. I encourage everyone to do their bit to support the recovery if they are in a position to – whether it’s shopping local, or taking a trip somewhere in the region.”
Hutt City Council Chief Executive Jo Miller says we’re ready for Alert Level 1.
“It’s hugely exciting to be in Alert Level 1. We’ve managed to do something that nowhere else in the world has done and effectively eliminated COVID-19 in New Zealand.
“I’m very proud of the Lower Hutt community, it hasn’t been easy and we have a new journey in front of us now, that is the recovery of our economy and the support of our people and we’re doing our bit by putting together a response plan and rates help for our people.”
Most of Hutt City Council community facilities are returning to their normal open hours and programmes. Libraries will continue to operate with temporary reduced hours throughout Level One. Moera Library reopens on Tuesday 16 June. Taita Clubhouse is open as usual, while Naenae Clubhouse is open for Intermediate and College aged children only. Dog boarding services will re-open in August after much needed maintenance is completed.
More information is available from huttcity.govt.nz/Covid19