Keep away from public amenities during lockdown

Covid-19 can live on a surface for up to 72 hours, says Howick ward councillor Paul Young. Photo supplied

Even if you can’t see a closed sign at a playground or equipment in the park, the fact that Covid-19 can live on a surface for up to 72 hours means that to be safe, you should keep off it, says Howick ward councillor Paul Young.

He cautions east Aucklanders to play their part by following Alert Level 3 guidelines to stop the spread of Covid-19 in our communities.

All council facilities are closed and amenities like playgrounds, park benches and basketball courts are off-limits during the lockdown.

Other non-essential services affected include libraries, pools and leisure centres, service centres, visitor centres, the area’s network of community venues and early childhood education centres.

All council facilities are closed and amenities like playgrounds, park benches and basketball courts are off-limits during the lockdown. Times Photo Wayne Martin

“The Government’s decision to move Auckland to Alert Level 3 until August 26 after a new outbreak of the virus means everyone in our community once again has a role to play by staying home and staying local when they go out to shop or exercise,” he says.

“While a lot of our facilities and outdoor activities have had to temporarily close, there are still a lot of online resources to help you and your kids get through these difficult times.”

For more information: www.ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Workout

Staying at home doesn’t have to mean cutting back on your exercise. On Auckland Council Pools and Leisure Facebook page, there will be regular video posts with home workouts to keep fit.

Auckland Zoo  

Auckland Zoo is bringing the animals to you with regular stories, interactive activities and learning resources for families at home. Visit www.aucklandzoo.co.nz

Auckland War Memorial Museum  

While the doors of Auckland Museum are closed, you can still experience some of your favourite parts of Tāmaki Paenga Hira from home.  Watch how volcanoes are made, make an exotic bird come alive in a puzzle or see some never-seen-before photos of Sir Edmund Hillary and his expeditions.  Visit www.aucklandmuseum.com

Auckland Libraries

Available online anytime, anywhere, offer film streaming, online courses and the latest collections of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines all for free. You can borrow an electronic book, magazine or audiobooks from the library. Visit www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

MOTAT collections

MOTAT has an impressive online collection of more than 300,000 items telling stories of technology, innovation, transport and social history in New Zealand.  The collection can be accessed online free.  Visit www.motat.org.nz