Covid-19 Update

Alert Level 2
Most Council facilities are open and will be operating under the Level 2 guidelines, keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates or visit our Covid-19 Services and facilities page. For up to date information about alert levels, community cases, and getting tested visit covid19.govt.nz and health.govt.nz.

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Covid-19 pandemic

Porirua City COVID-19 pandemic status

Updated: 8 September 2021

When Porirua moves to Alert Level 2 most council services will be back up and running, with extra safety measures in place. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates.

Council Services in Alert Level 2

Council facilities can open from Wednesday 8 August 2021, with physical distancing, contact tracing and increased use of face coverings. Numbers will be limited in some facilities, so patience will be needed. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for any changes or updates.

Physical distancing and limited numbers

  • You must stay two metres away from others, when using council facilities.
  • Numbers will be limited in some locations, to allow for physical distancing. Please follow any signs or directives.

Contact tracing

  • Please scan in at all our facilities. If you are not able to use the Covid Tracer App we will have other options available for you to provide your details.


LEVEL 2: Usual animal control services will resume. Contact tracing and masks will be mandatory for people collecting animals from the pound.


LEVEL 3: The animal pound is closed to the public, but our animal control officers will respond to calls about dog attacks and roaming dogs if the circumstance is considered unsafe.


LEVEL 2

  • The fitness centre will open with restricted numbers. You must stay two metres from anyone you don’t know. Masks are not needed when exercising, but please wear them when moving through the building.
  • Group fitness will operate with a reduced timetable and class sizes.

LEVEL 4 & 3

  • Closed. All membership fees will be placed on hold until the Arena reopens. There is nothing more members need to do to action this. Keep an eye on their Facebook page.

LEVEL 2

  • Contact tracing is mandatory.
  • Masks should be worn other than when swimming.
  • Stay two metres away from anyone you don’t know. Numbers will be restricted to maintain physical distancing.
  • No cash – eftpos and paywave are available.
  • Lap pools will be open with reduced numbers
  • The leisure pool will be open with restricted numbers.
  • The toddler pool, steam room and sauna will be closed.
  • Spa pools will be open with restricted numbers.
  • Aquarobic classes will not operate.
  • Learn to Swim will be operating with restricted attendees and a modified programme.

LEVEL 4 & 3

  • Closed. All membership fees will be placed on hold until the Arena reopens. There is nothing more members need to do to action this. Keep an eye on their Facebook page.


LEVEL 2: Building inspections will continue provided a Covid-19 control plan is in place on site.


LEVEL 3: We will carry out building inspections provided a control plan is in place on site.


To all our business whanau in Porirua , we know you are going through uncertain and tough times during the pandemic. Please see our business hub. We know this is a difficult time. Please look after yourselves and each other


Citizenship ceremonies have been postponed until further notice. For enquiries about applying for citizenship, email citizenship@dia.govt.nz. For questions about citizenship by descent or getting proof of citizenship status, email staykiwi@dia.govt.nz


LEVEL 2:

  • Halls are open to the public, with limits on numbers.
  • Contact tracing will be mandatory and managed by the booking organiser.

LEVEL 4 & 3: Closed


LEVEL 2: The Depot office is closed to the public, pre-arranged visitors will need to provide contact tracing details.


LEVEL 4 & 3: Council buildings are closed.


LEVEL 2:

  • Our front counter at 16 Cobham Court will operate at normal hours and offer a full service.
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Masks are mandatory for staff and customers
  • Cash will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

LEVEL 4 & 3: Front counter is closed.


LEVEL 2

  • Reopening on Friday 17 September.
  • Contact tracing and masks are mandatory
  • No cash – eftpos and paywave are available

LEVEL 2: Council meetings will be held in the council chamber but members of the public will need to attend meetings virtually, due to the need for physical distancing. You can find the livestream on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/poriruacity


LEVEL 4 & 3: Council meetings will go ahead remotely. You can find the livestream on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/poriruacity


The Council has moved to internet banking for all payments. Please see our pay online webpage for online payment details. www.poriruacity.govt.nz/contact/pay-online/


LEVEL 2: Learn to Swim will be operating with restricted attendees and a modified programme.


LEVEL 4 & 3: Closed. The remaining fees paid will be credited to customer's account for future bookings with Dash. There is nothing more you need to do to action this. To all of our valued customers, keep up to date via our Facebook page and website.


LEVEL 2:

  • Dogs can be off-leash in the areas this is usually allowed, provided they’re under control and stay two metres from others.
  • Dog parks are open, but physical distancing applies.

LEVEL 4 & 3: Dogs must be on a lead at all time, even in areas which are usually off leash. Dog parks are closed


LEVEL 2:

  • All libraries are open but the two-metre distance rule applies and numbers may be limited.
  • Group programmes are on hold, including Story World, Baby Band and school group visits. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.

LEVEL 4 & 3: Closed. Please keep your library books at home. Any overdue charges will be waived during this time.

You can still access: online eBooks, eAudiobooks, Free Beamafilm movies, eResources: like eNewspapers, and FREE study courses.


LEVEL 3 & 2: Mountain biking is okay if you are experienced and know the trail. Stick to easy trails. Make sure you maintain a two metre distance from other people.


LEVEL 2: Normal services will operate with officers maintaining physical distancing and wearing masks where required.


LEVEL 3: Limited noise control services will run, with officers maintaining physical distancing when around other people. Any large gatherings found when responding to noise complaints will be referred to Police.


LEVEL 2:

  • Pātaka is open but you must stay two metres from people you don’t know. Numbers may be restricted to maintain physical distancing.
  • Contact tracing and masks are mandatory.
  • No cash – eftpos and paywave are available.

LEVEL 4 & 3: Closed


LEVEL 2

  • Playgrounds, skate parks, courts, turf, sportsgrounds and mountain bike tracks are open.
  • Our public BBQs are closed for now, as a safety precaution.

LEVEL 4 & 3:

  • Dog parks are closed. Dogs must be on a leash at all times when out, even in areas that are usually off-leash.
  • Playgrounds are closed.
  • Skate parks are closed.
  • Parks and open spaces are open for walking, but stay in your bubble and keep two metres from others
  • Courts, turf and sportsgrounds are open for personal exercise. Stay in your bubble. Team sports or training outside of your bubble are not allowed. Avoid using any common equipment touched by people from outside your bubble.


LEVEL 2: This will operate as usual, with officers maintaining physical distancing and wearing masks where required.


LEVEL 3: There will be no active parking enforcement but we will respond to complaints.


LEVEL 2

  • Playgrounds, skate parks, courts, turf, sportsgrounds and mountain bike tracks are open.
  • Our public BBQs are closed for now, as a safety precaution.

LEVEL 4 & 3: Playgrounds and skate parks are closed.


LEVEL 2

  • Contact tracing is mandatory.
  • Masks should be worn other than when swimming.
  • Stay two metres away from anyone you don’t know. Numbers will be restricted to maintain physical distancing.
  • No cash – eftpos and paywave are available.
  • Lap pools will be open with reduced numbers
  • The leisure pool will be open with restricted numbers.
  • The toddler pool, steam room and sauna will be closed.
  • Spa pools will be open with restricted numbers.
  • Aquarobic classes will not operate.
  • Learn to Swim will be operating with restricted attendees and a modified programme.

LEVEL 4 & 3

  • Closed. All membership fees will be placed on hold until the Arena reopens. There is nothing more members need to do to action this. Keep an eye on their Facebook page.

LEVEL 4, 3 & 2: Our public toilets remain open and will be regularly cleaned.


If you have any concerns about your rates payments you can get in touch with the rates team via our contact centre on 237 5089 or by emailing rates@poriruacity.govt.nz


There is no change to our regular rubbish collection schedule. Please continue to use Council rubbish bags, which you can still purchase at supermarkets and dairies. Your rubbish will only be collected if it is in an official Council bag.


LEVEL 4, 3 & 2: For more information check gw.govt.nz/parks


LEVEL 2:

  • Site visits will continue for monitoring and compliance provided a Covid-19 control plan is in place on site.
  • Virtual hearings will be held for notified resource consents.

LEVEL 3: Site visits will start for monitoring and compliance. Site visits will start, and other staff will continue to work remotely. Virtual hearings will be held for resource consents.


LEVEL 2

  • The landfill will operate with normal opening hours. There will be some reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing, so please be patient.
  • Contact tracing and masks are mandatory. Contact tracing can be done in advance using this link to speed things up https://tinyurl.com/y7k698du
  • No cash – eftpos and credit cards only.
  • The bulk recycling facility and Trash Palace will reopen.

LEVEL 3: Spicer Landfill reopens on Wednesday 1 September and will be open from 7am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. We expect it to be busy and patience will be needed. The need for physical distancing means less people will be able to use the landfill at any one time, which may add to delays

  • We will keep an eye on queues and post on social media if things get too busy.
  • There will be systems in place for physical distancing, contactless payment (no cash) and contract tracing. Masks must be worn.
  • Trash Palace and the bulk recycling centre remain closed.

LEVEL 4: The landfill is closed to the public but not commercial operators, but rubbish and recycling will be collected as normal. Trash Palace and the bulk recycling centre are closed.


LEVEL 2: Playgrounds, skate parks, courts, turf, sportsgrounds and mountain bike tracks are open


LEVEL 3: Courts, turf and sportsgrounds are open for personal exercise. Stay in your bubble. Team sports or training outside of your bubble are not allowed. Avoid using any common equipment touched by people from outside your bubble.


LEVEL 4: Courts and turf are closed. Sports fixtures are not proceeding during Alert Level 4. Please contact your local sports administrator for updates on fixtures.


LEVEL 3 & 2: Open. Remember the golden rule of keeping a distance of two metres from other bubbles. If that’s not physically possible, then please do not use that space such as narrow walkways or tracks.


LEVEL 2:

  • The cemetery will be open to the public.
  • Up to 50 people can attend a funeral or tangihanga if it is held indoors.
  • Up to 100 people can attend a funeral or tangihanga if it is held outdoors.
  • All cemetery payments need to be made at the main council offices.

LEVEL 3:

The gates to Whenua Tapu will no longer be locked. However, it is important everyone visiting the cemetery adhere to the Level 3 guidelines in order to make it a safe experience.

Remember, no gatherings are allowed except for funerals with a limit of 10 people, and those funerals are managed by funeral directors and cemetery staff.

If you want to visit Whenua Tapu, you can do so with people in your own household bubble and because a cemetery is an essential service, you will also need to wear a mask at all times.

We also request that you follow any instructions from cemetery staff as they are essential staff and we want to keep them safe so they can continue to serve our community and keep our cemetery looking respectful. If you need to speak to our staff, please keep the two-metre distance.

We appreciate that these times are hard when it comes to losing someone and also visiting our loved ones. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.



Lastly, remember the golden rules to keep safe:

  • Stay home, stick to your bubble
  • If you are feeling unwell, contact Healthline about a Covid-19 test
  • Wash your hands often
  • Scan QR codes
  • Turn on Bluetooth tracing on the NZ COVID Tracer app 


  • Unite against Covid-19 has the latest Covid-19 information.
  • You can subscribe to receive the latest Government Covid-19 updates here

For official information and updates visit covid19.govt.nz and health.govt.nz