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Level 2 Lockdown News (Last updated 9 September 2021)

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We have some updated information for you about local services and from the government about what to do at Delta Level 2.

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Southland, and the rest of New Zealand – excluding Auckland, is now at Delta Alert Level 2! This brings back schools, work, shopping and other freedoms, but we must still stay on course and follow the rules.

First up, we have information on local government and health services for you!

The Invercargill Public Library, Splash Palace, parks and the Administration building on Esk St are all open. The Library asks people to return their books to the slots located outside the building so that they can be sanitised. There is a limit of 50 people in the building at any one time and all clubs and programmes are cancelled for now. You will need to scan in and wear a mask inside the Library.

Splash Palace is open too. Please wear a mask inside the building, except when swimming.

Playgrounds are open to the public and The Cheeky Llama Cafe at Queens Park is operating. Visitors are asked to sign in or scan where available and to wear a mask while visiting parks.

Public toilets in parks and reserves are also open, and you can visit the cemetery and crematorium. Buses continue to run as normal.

Visitors to the Civic Administration Building on Esk St and to the Bluff Service Centre can now pay their rates or dog registrations in person, although contactless payment is preferred if possible. Please pay before the September 21st to avoid penalties.

There is also an online booking system in place for Planning and Building enquiries - please visit

The Invercargill Transfer Station is open today, but still using the online booking system until next week. Visit to find out more and book your slot. Please follow all of the instructions given to keep workers and yourself safe. If you have difficulty with the booking system, call 2-111-777 or freephone 0800 422 435.

The SDE Recycling Plant is also open. You can drop their recycling to the Mersey St drop-off but need to observe social distancing, wear your mask, and if you need to visit reception, there is a one-in-one-out system in place.                                  

The Bluff Transfer Station returns to normal operating days and times.

The important thing to remember when using any of these services is: wear a mask, scan in and remain 2m apart from others. Hand sanitiser will be available everywhere and people are asked to use it.

The Southland District Council’s offices and libraries are now open under restricted hours, and are closed on Saturdays. The Book Bus is operating as timetabled, but staff will serve customers at the door. No public computers will be available during Level 2. Building inspections will follow strict protocols and health and safety guidelines. Council’s freedom camping sites remain closed, but playgrounds and parks are open – please follow social distancing rules and only use a public toilet if absolutely necessary. Overdue rates can be paid without penalty for the next 2 weeks. Transfer stations are back to their normal hours, with Level 2 restrictions in place. Please follow all staff instructions. No cash will be accepted, so please bring contactless payment. For a list of opening hours, requests for service and how to access services, see, or call 0800 732 732. Please follow all alert level restrictions & directions from staff.

All SDHB hospitals are now operating under new Level 2 conditions. If you have booked appointments – you will be contacted if there is a change – and to let you know that your appointment in some cases may be online or over the phone rather than in person.

Screening will still apply to everyone coming into the hospital, including at the Emergency Department – and will include any support person coming with you.

Visitor restrictions have been modified to reflect the lower alert level, but are not yet back to Level 1 conditions.  Inpatients may receive one visitor at a time, with each visitor allowed to visit once each day.  Please do not go into the hospital to visit if you are sick. You will need to wear a mask everywhere unless told you can remove it by staff. This includes the hospital cafes, unless you are eating. Keep 2m from people you don’t know in the hospital.

Being careful in our interactions with others is our best defense against COVID-19.

Under Alert Level 2, there are no restrictions on who can be included in your household bubble.

You can go to work, and all businesses and services can open but legally must follow public health rules.

Even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.

You also need to wear a mask inside retail businesses, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, shopping malls, indoor marketplaces and takeaway food stores – and when visiting the public areas within courts and tribunals, local and central Government agencies, and social service providers.

You will need to keep track of where you’ve been. Many businesses and locations will legally require you to use the NZ Covid Tracer App, and some will also have sign in sheets.

You can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way. You can take domestic flights, use taxis and public transport – please wear a face covering in all  vehicles, terminals and shelters. Visitors and tourists can use international air services to travel home. You should not travel if you are suspected of having COVID. If you are unwell, you need to stay home.

All shops and services can operate but with extra safety measures. You can go instore to shop. You legally must wear a face covering, and must keep a 2 metre distance from other people, except for friends and family. Remember to scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app, and turn on Bluetooth tracing.

You can get together with friends and whānau. Gatherings are limited to 50 people in an indoor space, and 100 people in an outdoor space. You can visit friends and whānau in a rest home or aged care facility, but there may be restrictions. You legally must wear a face covering when visiting an aged care facility.

You can hold social gatherings including weddings, civil union ceremonies, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga, within the guest limits. Event and entertainment facilities including cinemas, stadiums and concert venues can open, with the same limits.

At Alert Level 2, cafes, restaurants, bars, night clubs and takeaway services can open, but with extra safety measures. People who work in customer-facing roles in hospitality venues legally must wear a face covering. Customers can take off their masks so they can eat or drink. Because there is a cap on the number of people who can be present, customers and workers only need to keep 1 metre apart. 

Places of worship can host services and ceremonies to a maximum of 50 people if the service is indoors, and 100 people if the service is outdoors.

All early learning services, schools, kura and tertiary education facilities will be open to everyone. Schools are putting extra public health control measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep staff, students and children safe. Schools open tomorrow.

You can do your usual sport and recreation activities if you can do them safely. Public parks and playgrounds are open. Indoor sports facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, dance studios and health clubs can open, but with extra safety measures. Team sports events can go ahead, but are limited to 50 people at indoor venues and 100 people at outdoor venues.

Health and disability services will open and operate as normal, where possible. Some appointments will move to online or over the phone. Pharmacies are still open, of course.  

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call Healthline for free on 0800 358 54 53, your doctor or nurse, or your iwi health provider. You must legally follow all of the instructions they give you.

Call Plunketline if you have questions about your child or baby’s health or wellbeing on 0800 933 922 to speak to a nurse. Plunketline is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you're pregnant or have a newborn, contact your midwife for support and advice.

Family violence and sexual violence support lines are open for people to call, email or text. If someone is in danger, call 111. If you are having trouble with money, there may be support for you. If you feel you are not coping, or you have concerns for others, it is important to talk with a health professional. There are helplines available if you need help.

We look forward to bringing you news and events in the region as we get started under Level 2 again. In the meantime, stay safe, be kind, stick to your bubbles and go to for official information. Our best wishes to you all, from us here at Radio Southland.



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