Phil Goff: How local government can help battle coronavirus

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Publish Date
Sun, 22 Mar 2020, 5:18PM
Public pools are amongst the facilities being shut down across the country. (Photo / NZ Herald)

Phil Goff: How local government can help battle coronavirus

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 22 Mar 2020, 5:18PM

Tasman District is joining several other local councils in shutting down its public libraries in the face of Covid-19.

Mayor Tim King says the closure of the Richmond, Motueka and Takaka libraries will help minimise the risk of inadvertent spread of the virus.

He's also postponed all non-essential Council meetings and will make a decision on recreation centres and pools in the coming days.

They join Hamilton City Council, which has closed all city Libraries, Waterworld, the Aquatic Centre, Hamilton Zoo, Waikato Museum and the i-SITE until further notice.

Gore District Council has also closed its public facilities including libraries and the Multisport Complex.

The cities are joined by Auckland, Wellington, Porirua, Hutt, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill district and city councils.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the decision is necessary to protect the health and well being of people in the community.

He joined The Weekend Collective to discuss how councils can help battle the outbreak.

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