COVID-19 Information

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Facilities at a glance

Facility Vaccination PassMasks Social Distancing
CBAY Yes Yes 1Mtr
STEC Yes Yes 1Mtr
District Pools Yes Yes 1Mtr
Libraries Yes Yes 1Mtr
Museum Yes Yes 1Mtr
Art Gallery Yes Yes 1Mtr
Events Yes Yes 1Mtr
Redruth & Transfer Stations No Yes 1Mtr
Customer Services & Service Centres Yes Yes 1Mtr
Timaru Airport Terminal* No Yes 1Mtr
Council Meetings Yes Yes 1Mtr

*You do not need a vaccine pass to enter the airport terminal, however Air New Zealand requires a Vaccine Pass or a clear test within 72 hours to allow you to fly.

How to get your vaccine pass

If you've had the jab, but haven't got your vaccine pass yet, don't panic. It's easy and quick to do at mycovidrecord.health.nz, all you need is an email address and your driving licence, NZ Passport or birth certificate.

If you don't have any of those things you can call the Ministry of Health Helpline on 0800 222 478 with your NHI number and have a pass mailed to you, or there are a number of local pharmacies who can print off a pass for you.

Further Details

When the Government brings the district into the Orange traffic light level at 11.59pm on Thursday 2 December, the Council will be making some important changes to enable the majority of the community to enjoy the fewest limitations for access to public facilities.

Access to the all indoor Council facilities for people aged 12 years or over will require a vaccination pass from Friday, and all staff working at Council facilities will be required to have a valid Vaccine Pass.

Staff will be working on a limited number of alternative services for those who do not hold a valid Vaccine Pass.

Council services requiring a Vaccine Pass for those aged 12 years and over:

  • Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre (CBAY) and District Pools (Temuka, Geraldine, Pleasant Point)
  • Vaccine Passes will be required by those 12 years or over to use any of the facilities at these centres.
  • These will be checked on entry.
  • One metre social distancing and masks are required in all public areas.
  • Southern Trust Events Centre (STEC)
  • Vaccine Passes will be required by those 12 years or over to use any of the facilities at this centre
  • These will be checked on entry.
  • One metre social distancing and masks are required.
  • Other facilities at Aorangi Park will have their own requirements, contact your sports club for more information.
  • Council Customer Services (Main Building and Service Centres)
  • Vaccine Passes will be required for those aged 12 years and over.
  • Capacity limits based on one metre distancing and masks will be required in public areas.
  • Non-Vaccine Pass holders can access customer services via phone and online.

  • Libraries, Museum and Art Gallery
  • Vaccine Passes will be required for those aged 12 years and over.
  • Capacity limits based on one metre distancing and masks will be required.
  • Council, Committee and Community Board Meetings:
  • Vaccine Passes will be required.
  • These will be subject to capacity limits based on one metre distancing and masks will be required.
  • Online options for public participation will be available.

Facilities that will not require a Vaccine Pass:

  • Building Inspections, Environmental Health, Licensing, Parking and Animal Control
  • Places visited by staff will not have to be Vaccine Pass sites.
  • All council staff will be required to have a valid Vaccine Pass.
  • Staff will maintain one metre social distancing and wear masks as required.
  • Redruth and District Transfer Stations
  • Vaccine Passes are not required.
  • Capacity limits based on one metre distancing and masks will be required.
  • Public Toilets
  • Vaccine Passes are not required.
  • Timaru Airport Terminal
  • Vaccine Passes are not required to enter the terminal.
  • Air New Zealand require a Vaccine Pass or a clear test within 72 hours to allow you to board the plane.

Timaru District Council Chief Executive Bede Carran said that the Council had put a lot of work into understanding the risks while forming its local response to the Government’s protection framework.

“Our priority is the overall health and wellbeing of our local community,” he said.

“With the overwhelming majority of our community now vaccinated we’ve made these decisions to ensure the highest level of protection for everyone.

“In enacting the Government’s COVID-19 protection framework locally we’ve focused on the safety of our community, ease of access and ensuring that our facilities are as safe as possible for all staff and users.

“A large number of the people who use our facilities are from high risk groups such as older people and younger children that can’t be vaccinated, and we feel that we have an obligation to do our bit to protect them.

“Through ensuring all our staff are vaccinated we can give our community the reassurance that the people working out in the community every day are at a significantly lower risk of passing on COVID.

“As a Council we’d recommend that people take the opportunity to get vaccinated as soon as they can. Vaccination is the best tool we have in the fight against COVID, and to help ensure people can easily access all the facilities and businesses in our district.

“Our approach will provide some certainty going into the traffic light system, but we will continue talking to our community and stakeholders to ensure we have the settings right on a long term basis.

“This will be a challenging time as we all learn to live under the new framework, and I’d ask people to be patient with our frontline council staff who are working hard to keep the community safe.”

Some questions you've been asking

I pay rates and you aren't letting me use your facilities, can I get a refund?

Rates considered are a tax on your property, not a payment for a specific service.

Facilities like roads, pools, parks, libraries, museums and galleries are funded on a ‘common good’ basis. It’s been decided that these things are a benefit to the whole community whether you use them or not, so everyone contributes to them.

A good example someone who doesn’t have driving license. They’re not allowed to drive on the road, but they still pay to maintain the roads up to car standards as it’s a benefit to the wider community.

This is different to things like rubbish, water and wastewater that benefit you directly, so you pay on an individual basis for them through a targeted rate.

Advice from MBIE says that Libraries, Pools, Museums, galleries etc should be open and non-vaccine mandated.

This is advice from MBIE, but councils are able to set their own local rules based on local conditions.

We have decided on our approach, in line with other councils, to offer the highest level of protection while offering the best level of access for the majority of the community with Vaccine Passes.

This is a private health matter, you have no right to do this.

This is an unprecedented public health emergency, as a local council it’s our duty to help deliver the public health response. We’re operating under clear guidance and legal authority from the Government, and it’s Council’s priority to promote healthy and safe community access to our services.

This is discriminatory.

Vaccine mandates comply with the Bill of Rights as the overall benefit to the community of Vaccination outweighs people’s individual rights.

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has a significant number of resources on the topic.

Do you have more questions, or do you want to tell us what you think?

Drop our team an email to media@timdc.govt.nz