Events are being postponed around the Ashburton district this week because of new covid restrictions but hopes are still high for other gatherings later in the month.
Auckland went into level 3 lockdown on Sunday morning and the rest of the country is in level 2. Social gatherings, including weddings, are limited to 100 people at level 2.
Schools and businesses around the district are adjusting to the restrictions.
Ashburton College has cancelled its Ako teacher interviews on Thursday and the teacher-only day on Friday.
Both days will be normal school days for students.
Tuesday’s college athletics finals have been cancelled. Students who want to compete in the Aoraki championships will be put forward.
Hampstead School has postponed its school fair on March 6 because of the current covid restrictions.
The school is yet to confirm a new date.
Chorus has postponed its ultra-fast broadband community event at the RSA on Wednesday.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has postponed the first leg of its South Island tour, which includes a concert in Ashburton on March 7.
NZSO chief executive Peter Biggs says the orchestra’s number one priority was the health and safety of its audience and performers.
“We know our South Island audiences will be very disappointed that the NZSO has had to postpone the concerts. We also know they understand the challenges their national orchestra faces because of Covid-19 restrictions. We are determined to bring these exciting concerts to Wanaka, Invercargill, Dunedin, Oamaru and Ashburton later this year.”
The organisers of Mayfield A&P Show still have fingers and toes crossed for their show on March 13.
President Sheryl Harrison hopes alert levels will lower in time for the show.
A decision will be made early next week, she said.
Organisers were anxious about covid “hanging over our heads” but at level one the show could go ahead.
The showgrounds were barely cleaned up after the event last year before the country went in to national lockdown.
In the event the show is cancelled due to covid, organisers have given people entering competitions an option to have their entry fee refunded or to donate it to the association. It was a sign of the times. Many indicated they would be happy to donate their entry fee, Mrs Harrison said. “It keeps things going for the following year, so we don’t suffer too badly.”
Ashburton District Council facilities remain operational, with some safety measures in place.
The EA Networks Centre, Ashburton Public Library, Ashburton Museum, council office and the resource recovery parks will operate at their usual hours, but measures will be in place to ensure physical distancing, personal hygiene and contact tracing.
Visitors will be required to scan the covid QR codes; hand sanitiser will be stationed throughout the buildings; and arrows will be displayed on the floor at some facilities where needed to help guide people around for social distancing.
Mid Canterbury people with surgery and outpatient appointments at Canterbury DHB facilities have been told their appointments will go ahead under level 2.
However, if you are sick please stay home and call the number on the appointment letter to let staff know you won’t be attending.
If there is any change to your appointment or surgery you will be called directly, so if you haven’t heard from us your appointment will be going ahead.
Visitors to Ashburton Hospital must scan or manually sign in, wear a mask or face covering and use hand gel when entering and leaving the ward.
If you are planning to visit an age related residential care facility or rest home, please phone first to check visitor restrictions. This includes Tuarangi Home Ashburton.