Like the rest of New Zealand, Marlborough moved to the Red level of the Covid-19 Protection Framework (the traffic light system) at 11.59 pm on Sunday 23 January.
At Red Council facilities are open but there will be some restrictions at our customer service centres, libraries and waste management services.
At this time Marlborough District Council does not intend to introduce My Vaccine Pass at Council premises such as libraries, customer service counters, and waste management services or in public places such as parks, reserves and sports fields.
Customer service centres and libraries
At Red Council facilities remain open with capacity limits based on one metre physical distancing.
Face coverings are mandatory and people are required to scan in using the Covid tracer app or sign in.
Note that a maximum of 100 people at a time will be permitted in the Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) and 50 people in the Picton Library.
The Council’s preference is to ensure it can minimise the risks associated with Covid-19 transmission whilst allowing as many Council services as possible to be open to the public. Council is still considering the safety and practicality of holding future events and gatherings under the Red Covid-19 Protection Framework protocols.
Council and Committee Meetings
Council and Committee meetings remain open to the public but with capacity limits based on one metre physical distancing and mask wearing being adhered to. Please note that due to the setup of Council Chambers there is very limited public seating available.
A recording of Council/Committee meetings and a set of draft minutes will be uploaded to Council’s website as soon as practicable after each meeting. These will also available on request. The draft minutes are an unofficial record until confirmed by a subsequent Council meeting.
Waste management services and sites
At Red Council waste and recycling facilities remain open with capacity limits based on one metre physical distancing.
Face coverings are advised and people are required to scan in using the Covid tracer app or sign in.
Kerbside collection services will continue as normal.
Bus services will continue to operate at Red. Please scan the QR code displayed on the bus or keep a record of your journey. Face coverings remain mandatory while on the bus and at bus stops.
Some Council-owned facilities and venues in Marlborough run by other organisations set their own rules. Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 pool and gymnasium requires its users show a My Vaccine Pass on entry. The ASB Theatre and Marlborough Events Centre are operating as Vaccinated Venues, requiring the presentation of a My Vaccine Pass, as does the Clubs of Marlborough.
Each sporting code in Marlborough sets its own rules of participation under Ministry of Health guidance. Contact the sporting code or go to the Sport NZ website for general guidance.
Many Council services and transactions can be carried out online and do not require a physical visit to a building.
Please follow the Government and Ministry of Health’s advice. Visit the Covid-19 website for the most up to date information.