Wānaka Sun       

The unwelcome return to Level 4

Posted at 9:52am Friday 20 Aug, 2021

From the publishing of your newspaper to the collecting or rubbish–everything was thrown into doubt this week as a result of the Government's decision to put the entire onto a Level 4 alert level. As the country was told face masks would be compulsory for over 11-year-oldsin stores, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said officials could not guarantee the South Island was not implicated in the outbreak. She wanted the latest restrictions to be “short and sharp, not light and long”–but long is what the country got. There were long queues all over the country as people crowded into supermarkets and alcohol outlets to stock up. In Dunedin police broke up a party of 100 people at 12.30am–half an hour after the lockdown started. QLDC Chief Executive Mike Theelen said the council was well placed to maintain essential services when the Government announced a return to level four lockdown. “Key staff continue to work remotely, and our team is on call to respond to any emergency situations,” he said. The main council phone line was still operating with priority given to urgent issues. Southern Health announced its Covid vaccination programme was being suspended and it planned to provide further information about rebooking. Police said they expected people to be well aware of what was expected of them, and Alert Level restrictions would be enforced.

Aurora Energy said it had no planned power cuts during the lockdown period and would continue to respond to emergency faults and carry out essential safety work. The Wānaka Sun, which is usually printed on a Wednesday evening, was geared up for an online print this week and will come out in hard copy if circumstances allow.


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