- Date 3:21 PM Friday 3 April 2020
- Type COVID-19
Following a spate of cooler temperatures and some rain, the upper tracks of the Wither Hills Farm Park have been reopened.
The current national advice is that you should stay home
and stay local when you exercise or go for a walk. If you
can avoid it, don’t drive to a place of recreation or travel
beyond your neighbourhood.
Walking the upper tracks of the Wither Hills and Victoria
Domain outside the mountain bike parks is permitted -
see the information below. These are open areas with
Please always maintain two-metre physical distancing
and stay within your ‘bubble’. Where possible, gates have
been left open. Please avoid directly touching closed
gates - wear gloves or use hand sanitiser before and after
opening and closing, and wash your hands thoroughly
when you return home. Please take extra care and
exercise within your ability.
If people do not obey this COVID-19 hygiene guidance
during the Level 4 lockdown period, Council may be
forced to close the farm park.
Mountain bike parks - closed
Mountain bike parks in Blenheim’s Wither Hills Farm
Park and Picton’s Victoria Domain are closed. This step
has been taken to minimise the potential risk of injury to
mountain bikers, which could result in emergency callouts
or compromise our emergency and health workers.
This measure is consistent with other potentially risky
pastimes such as fishing and tramping, which have also
been restricted. Signage has been put up advising of
Public toilets - closed
Most public toilets in Marlborough are closed until the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown is over. The facilities have been closed because they pose a transmission risk and currently there are no cleaners available to maintain them
The Riverlands truck stop toilets on SH1 are open for truckies. Flushing portaloos with handwashing facilities are being installed in key locations for truckies and essential services.
Playgrounds - closed
All playgrounds are closed under the Government’s direction because hard surfaces like swings and climbing frames can harbour the COVID-19 virus for up to 72 hours. All playground facilities are therefore taped off and closed.
While most in our community are taking the stay home, stay local self-isolation messages seriously, there may be one or two people who aren’t. If you think someone is flouting this national guidance, the best place to report this is to the Police.