Prime Minister the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern announced this evening that New Zealand will enter an Alert Level 4 lockdown. For Palmerston North, this will be for an initial 3 days.
Chief Executive Heather Shotter says as during the previous nationwide lockdown, Council is committed to ensuring essential services are maintained during this time, and safety is at the forefront.
“Our focus again is ensuring we retain as much of a sense of normality for people as we can. Day-to-day operational services like wastewater, rubbish and recycling, and any urgent repairs to our water pipes and roads will be carried out,” Ms Shotter says.
Anyone needing welfare support needs to contact the Ministry of Social Development, as per government protocols.
Rubbish and recycling will be collected, but facilities closed to public
Kerbside rubbish and recycling services will continue during the Level 4 lockdown. Like last time, recycling from the orange-lid wheelie bin will be sent to landfill in order to protect our sorting line staff from the chance of contracting Covid-19.
We are asking all residents to please ensure all tissues and anything containing bodily fluids are wrapped in plastic inside rubbish bags.
All recycling drop-off stations, and our green waste facility at Awapuni will be closed in Alert Level 4.
We’re also asking all residents to please remember to never flush a wet-wipe down the toilet. During the last lockdown we saw a sharp increase in wipes at our treatment plant. Wipes can block residential and city pipes. Wipes should be wrapped and then placed in your rubbish bag or bin.
All water services will continue to operate as normal.
Pools, playgrounds and libraries closed
All libraries, our swimming pools and our customer service centre are closed in Alert Level 4.
Playgrounds are also closed under Alert Level 4. This includes the Junior Road Safety Park, Steven Adams basketball court and the Palmerston North and Ashhurst Skate Parks.
Most parks and walkways remain open although some gates will be closed. Please maintain physical distancing, keep to your bubble and stay close to home.
Gordon Kear Forest, Arapuke Mountain Bike and The Sledge Track will be closed under Alert Level 4, like they were last year. The Ahimate Reserve Dog Park will also be closed.
Water fountains should not be used.
Please keep your dogs on leash and continue to collect your animal’s poop and place in rubbish bins. Our animal management team will continue to respond to concerns like roaming dogs.
Some public toilets will remain open and will be cleaned more regularly. We will provide an update tomorrow on which toilets will be open.
Ashhurst campground will be closed during Alert Level 4. The gates to the Kelvin Grove Cemetery will be closed.
Our venues team is in contact with event organisers about upcoming events for this weekend. We will provide updates on these once we know more about what alert level Palmerston North will be in this weekend.
Palmy residents urged to take guidelines seriously
Ms Shotter is urging all residents to take the Alert Level 4 guidelines seriously.
“We’ve done this before, and we can do it again. Please take the rules seriously and keep yourselves and your whānau safe. Thank you to the essential workers who are continuing to work to look after our community — we are extremely grateful for your help.”
Council will continue to provide updates through our website, Facebook and media outlets.