Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry says he knows many people across the city will be excited to learn when and how facilities and services will resume under Alert Level 2.
“After nearly two months of lockdown, people across our city will be looking forward to being able to use much-loved community facilities like libraries, swimming pools, playgrounds – and making use of Council services like kerbside recycling collection,” Campbell Barry says.
“The most important thing is that people follow guidance to ensure we continue to stamp out COVID-19. This means maintaining social distancing, and practicing good personal hygiene.”
“The majority of our facilities will be open on Monday 18 May. Our playgrounds and other outdoor spaces are progressively opening from tomorrow,” says Hutt City Council Chief Executive Jo Miller. “Our top priority is ensuring that we have the necessary protections in place so that people can visit, use and work in our places safely.”
Contact tracing will be in place as per government requirements under Alert Level 2 and all facilities are being sanitised before being opened.
Playgrounds and other outdoor spaces are opening from Thursday 14 May as cleaning is completed. Signs will be in place to inform the public.
Our advice to our community is if anyone is feeling unwell, please do not visit our facilities. Our call centre continues to work remotely and can be contacted on 04 570 6666. People can also contact us via our Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and safety measures that will be in place include:
- Hand sanitiser will be provided so please use this on arrival and departure.
- Our staff will be practicing safe physical distancing of at least 1 metre so we ask that if you’re visiting us you do too. So please avoid direct contact – don’t shake hands, a greeting and a smile is all that’s needed.
- Cough or sneeze into a flexed elbow if needed.
The status of Hutt City Council facilities and services is outlined below, with more detail available on our website:
Administration Building, 30 Laings Road – Open from 8am, Monday 18 May with health and safety measures in place. Regular opening hours Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm.
Animal Services – Operating as usual except no dog boarding. Open from Monday 18 May. See website for opening hours for Moa Point and Meachen Street facilities.
Artesian water supply taps – Taps outside the Dowse will be open from Tuesday 19 May, Monday to Friday 2pm-6pm, Saturday 9am-12noon with staff present to ensure health and safety practices are in place. Taps at Buick Street Petone and Riverside Drive Waiwhetu remain closed at this stage.
Building and resource consents – Applications and inspections operational.
Cemeteries – Most services resume from 8am, Monday 18 May.
Clubhouses – Naenae and Taita Clubhouses remain closed while 10-person limit on gatherings in place.
- Belmont Memorial Hall – Closed for renovations until end of July.
- Eastbourne Hall – Open for ESSC only from Monday 18 May. Closed for community bookings.
- Hardwick Smith Lounge – Open from Monday 18 May for Y-Central only. Closed for community bookings.
- Moera Hall– Open from Monday 18 May.
- Russel Keown House – Closed for community bookings.
- Treadwell St Hall – Open for community food distribution groups. Closed for community bookings.
- Wainuiomata Memorial Hall – Open for community food distribution group. Closed for community bookings until June.
- Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub – Open from 9am, Monday 18 May, Monday to Friday 9am – 7pm. Open weekends 10am – 6pm.
- Wainuiomata Community Hub – Open from 9am, Monday 18 May, Monday to Saturday 9am – 5.30pm. Open Sunday 1 – 5pm.
- Walter Nash Centre – Open from 9am, Monday 18 May, Monday to Friday 9am – 7pm. Open weekends 9am – 5pm.
Council Meetings – Virtual meetings through Zoom video conference are continuing. These are broadcast on Hutt City Council’s Facebook page. Dates, times and speaking rights are advertised on our website.
The Dowse Art Museum – Open from 10am, Monday 18 May with health and safety measures in place. Open Monday through Sunday 10am – 5pm.
Bellbird Eatery at The Dowse – Open from Thursday 14 May.
Environmental Health – Fully operational. Detailed information on our website
- Eastbourne Library – Open from 10am, Monday 18 May: Monday to Friday 10am–5.30pm. Open Saturday 10am–2pm
- Moera Library – Remains closed
- Naenae Library – Open from 10am, Monday 18 May: Monday to Friday 10am–5.30pm. Open Weekends 10am–4pm
- Petone Library – Open from 10am, Monday 18 May: Monday to Friday 10am–5.30pm. Open Weekends 10am–4pm
- War Memorial Library – Open from 10am, Monday 18 May: Monday to Friday 10am–6.30pm. Open Saturday 10am–4pm
- Koraunui Stokes Valley Library – Open from 9am, Monday 18 May: Monday to Friday 9am–7pm. Open Weekends 10am–6pm
- Taita Library at Walter Nash Centre – Open from 9am, Monday 18 May: Monday to Friday 9am–7pm. Open weekends 9am–5pm
- Wainuiomata Library – Open from 9am: Monday 18 May, Monday to Saturday 9am–5.30pm. Open Sunday 1–5pm
LIMs – Operating as usual.
Little Theatre – Closed until end of June for seismic strengthening, except Fellow Café which is open from Thursday 14 May.
Lower Hutt Events Centre – Closed, except Tūtaki café which is open from Thursday 14 May.
Noise complaints – Operating as usual.
Parking – Operating as usual. The Riverbank carpark is open.
Petone Settlers Museum – Open from Wednesday 27 May.
Pelorus Trust Sports House – Open from Monday 18 May.
Playgrounds – Being inspected and cleaned before reopening. Some playgrounds will be open from Thursday 14 May, most should be open by the weekend. Signage at the playground will let you know if it is open.
Pools and fitness suites
- Huia Pool+Fitness – Main building open from 6am, Monday 18 May, Monday to Friday 6am – 7pm. Open Saturday 12noon – 6pm. Open Sunday 8am – 6pm. Hydrotherapy Pool open from Monday 8 June due to essential maintenance.
- Stokes Valley Pool+Fitness – Open from 6am, Monday 25 May. Open Monday to Friday 6am – 4pm. Open Weekends 10am – 6pm.
- Swimming lessons will be restarting at Huia Pool from Saturday 23 May. We will be offering all levels at a reduced ratio to keep to physical distancing guidelines. Read the full update on our learn to swim page.
Public toilets – Open from Thursday 14 May. These toilets are being cleaned twice a day. View the public toilet map.
Ricoh Sports Centre – Open from Tuesday 19 May for Fraser Park Sportsville member clubs and tenants. It will remain closed to the general public during Alert Level 2.
RMA Plan Making – Operating as usual.
Rubbish and recycling collection – Kerbside mixed recycling collection resumes on Thursday 14 May. Community Recycling Stations remain closed. Bins have been removed to prevent illegal dumping, overloading.
Seaview Transfer Station – Opened under Alert Level 3. The recycling bins on the street frontage remain closed due to volume concerns as recycling services resume.
Silverstream Landfill – Open for domestic waste drop offs from Sunday 17 May. Opened under Alert Level 3 for commercial users.
Sport and recreation spaces
- Sports fields – Open from Thursday 14 May, please follow good hygiene practices such as washing hands thoroughly. Club members are to check with the club for updates and information on training and fixtures.
- Skate parks – Open from Thursday 14 May.
- Dog parks – Open from Thursday 14 May, dogs can be walked off leash in designated off-lead areas.
- Sports courts and fenced facilities – Open from Thursday 14 May.
- Parks and open spaces – Opened under Alert Level 3.
- Jetties and boat ramps – Open from Thursday 14 May.
- Waiu Mountain Biking Park – Opened under Alert Level 3.
Street and amenity cleaning – Operating as usual.
Wainuiomata Cleanfill – Opened under Alert Level 3
For more information, go to huttcity.govt.nz/covid19