Covid-19 Traffic Light System

South Wairarapa is at ‘Red’

27 January 2022

The ‘traffic light’ based Covid-19 Protection Framework or CPF guides us on how to manage the risk of infection from Covid-19 and its variants. This framework supports the move from elimination to a minimisation strategy for the Government. There are three categories, Green, Orange and Red.

All of the Wellington and Wairarapa region is currently at alert level ‘Red,’ and the Council has adapted its services accordingly:

Services under Red

There are a number of Council venues that do require a Vaccine Pass, including our libraries and pools. Please see our FAQs for more.

Council offices and meetings
Vaccine Passes are not necessary to enter the Council’s Martinborough offices, as we are aware many people need to access these for basic services such as paying rates. Opening hours are 9am to 4pm – please maintain 2 metre social distancing and wear a mask. The Council’s main number is 06 306 9611.

Council, committee and community board meetings will continue via our YouTube channel until further notice.

Pools
Our three pools are free to use and remain open for the summer to Vaccine Pass holders and kids under 12 years 3 months (who do not need to show a pass). The Ministry of Health allows a 3-month grace period for those aged 12 before they become subject to pass requirements. The pools are managed by Community Leisure Management (CLM). Please see our pool page for hours.

Children under 8 must be actively supervised by a responsible person 16 years old or over with a Vaccine Pass.

Libraries
Our three libraries in Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough are part of the Wairarapa Library Service, which includes Carterton. We want everyone to enjoy them. But to protect staff and the public, those 12 years and 3 months or over need to have a Vaccine Pass to enter.

If you don’t have a pass, the service has started a ‘click and collect’ service so you can still access materials. Library members can also browse the catalogue and access hundreds of e-books and e-magazines – please visit the WLS website. Consider asking a vaccinated person to pick them up for you.

Library opening hours can be found here.

Events
Under the Red setting, public gatherings are capped to 100 for vaccinated persons, or 25 for those unvaccinated. People must stay one metre apart.

A Vaccine Pass is required to enter the district’s premier events centre, the Waihinga Centre in Martinborough. This is required because of the centre’s cafe and the Martinborough Library, which is based within the centre. Libraries are requiring vaccine passes because staff move between sites, raising the risk of cross-infection if there is no pass.

Entry to other Council spaces for hire such as Anzac and Kiwi Hall in Featherston are at the discretion of the hirer. Social distancing rules for events apply.

Facilities that do not require a Vaccine Pass:
* Cemeteries
* Parks and trails
* Transfer stations
* Council freedom camping grounds

Requirements for mask use, scanning and social distancing remain in place.

What is the traffic light system?

The traffic light system is aimed at allowing us to retain our current levels of freedom of movement, and help keep us safe and healthy.

The traffic light framework:

Life at Green – At Green, there is limited community transmission, and our health system is ready to respond.

Life at Orange – At Orange, there will be community transmission of COVID-19, with increasing risks to vulnerable communities, and pressure on the health system.

Life at Red – At Red, we need to take action to protect our vulnerable communities and our health system from COVID-19

Information: For more information on Covid-19, please visit the Covid-19 website, Regional Public Health or the Wairarapa DHB website.

Testing: Tests are available from the DHB and most medical practices. To find out more about testing and testing locations, please go to the Wairarapa DHB website

Explaining the Vaccine Passes

My Vaccine Pass is an official record of your Covid-19 vaccination status for use in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is required to access some venues and facilities around the country to prove you are fully vaccinated. This is to protect others as well as you.  How to get a pass can be found here.

Most businesses can choose whether to require a Vaccine Pass or not.  South Wairarapa District Council has chosen to require a pass at some facilities. This is to allow us to remain open as otherwise we are at risk of contracting or spreading the infection. Then we would have to operate under much stricter controls, or worse, have to close down.

The following agencies and organisations can help with obtaining a Vaccine Pass:

  • Age Concern – 06 377 0066
  • Digital Seniors – 0800 373 646
  • Carterton Pharmacy – 06 379 8244*         
  • Lang’s Pharmacy, Featherston – 06 308 9202*   

* Can issue Vaccine Passes but charges may apply.

Vaccine Passes have replaced the purple card given to you at the time of vaccination as the official record of your vaccine status.

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