From 3 December 2021 New Zealand moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (the Traffic Light system). The framework introduces a new flexible three-level approach to managing COVID-19 in the community.

While there are some additional routines to include in our days, lots of things we’re already doing are important parts of the new framework too, including:

  • get vaccinated 
  • keep track of where you have been, turn on Bluetooth in the COVID-19 tracer app and scan QR codes. Manual record keeping should also be available at all locations. 
  • wash and dry hands, cough into elbow, avoid touching your face 
  • regularly disinfect surfaces - (handrails, elevator buttons etc.). 
  • stay home if you’re sick, get a test and isolate at home until you get the result. 

Horowhenua has moved to Orange in the new COVID-19 Protection Framework.

We're working through the guidance from central government with our staff and community’s interests and safety central to our decision making.  The new framework does have implications for our public-facing or close contact environments, in particular our community facilities.

As we work through a risk assessment process, it may mean that we’re required to change how we operate Council’s services and facilities in the future, but for now we do not require vaccination passes at any of our facilities except for our cafés in Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō and Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom. The cafés will operate as contactless only for those without a vaccine pass. Dine-in service will be available to those with a vaccine pass.

Should the Government announce any changes to the framework, we'll publish updated information as soon as possible on our website.