Covid-19 Update

ORANGE

From Friday 3 December, Porirua City is at the orange setting of the traffic lights protection framework. This means some changes to the way we work and live, protections are in place to help minimise the spread of Covid-19 in the community. Find out more

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: 2 December 2021

From Friday 3 December Porirua is at the orange setting of the traffic lights protection framework. This means some changes to the way we work and live, as we put protections in place to help minimise the spread of Covid-19 in the community.

Porirua City Council announced last month that from 3 December, vaccine passes would be required at all indoor council facilities. All council staff must be fully vaccinated by 17 January 2021. These measures are in place to protect health and safety of our community and our staff

Our facilities at orange

At orange public facilities are open. Visitors must scan in and wear masks (other than when swimming/exercising or eating/drinking) and stay one metre from others. In some cases, numbers in a venue will be limited to meet the one metre spacing requirement.

Vaccine passes

As we transition into the new system there may be some delays on entering premises. Please be patient as our staff do our best to get everyone through quickly and safely.


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


At the Arena entrance your vaccine pass will be sited by one of our staff and then scanned at reception/ gym reception for verification. We hope this will help reduce and delays this presentation of passes may cause.

  • Contact tracing and masks are mandatory
  • Proof of vaccination required to enter premises
  • Open with no restrictions
  • Group fitness operating with no restrictions

At the Arena entrance your vaccine pass will be sited by one of our staff and then scanned at reception/ gym reception for verification. We hope this will help reduce and delays this presentation of passes may cause.

  • Contact tracing and masks are mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory (excluding in the pool)
  • Proof of vaccination required to enter premises
  • Pools open with up to 150 people, based on 1mtr distancing
  • Contactless payment preferred
  • Lap pools open
  • Leisure pool open
  • Toddler pool open
  • Sauna and steam room closed
  • Spa pools open
  • Pool sessions operate on weekends, public holidays and school holidays
  • Aquarobic classes operating
  • Learn to Swim operating with health measures in place

  • Building inspections will continue, provided a Covid-19 site control plan is in place on site.
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory when visiting sites

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


  • Open to the public with capacity limits based on 1mtr distancing
  • Contact tracing and masks are mandatory
  • Vaccine passes required to book a hall
  • Hirers required to sight vaccination passes of attendees

  • Our front counter at 16 Cobham Court will operate at normal hours and offer a full service.
  • Record keeping / scanning required for everyone including contractors and visitors
  • Face coverings are mandatory
  • Vaccine passes required to enter premises
  • Contactless payment preferred.
  • Customers with appointments will be required to wait in a seated area as directed by staff

  • Open to the public with capacity limits based on 1mtr distancing
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Vaccine passes required to enter premises.
  • Contactless payment preferred.

  • Council and Committee meetings continue with physical distancing in place (1mtr between staff)
  • Members of the public can attend via zoom
  • 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/


  • Dog parks are open, but physical distancing applies.

  • All Library branches are open, limited to 100 people with 1m physical distancing
  • Some services may not be available because of the need for physical distancing.
  • Vaccine passes required to enter premises
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory
  • No limits to events
  • Public computers are available
  • Contactless payment preferred

Main library – show your vaccine pass on entry,

Branch libraries – show your vaccine pass to the librarian.

Our libraries have eBooks, Streaming Video & eMagazines available for those who don’t have passes or prefer to access services externally.


Mountain bike tracks are open.


  • Noise control services continue
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory when visiting sites

  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory
  • Vaccine passes required to enter premises
  • Facility limited to 100 people, based on 1m distancing
  • Toi Store is open with capacity limits based on 1m distancing
  • Physical distancing markers and signage will be in place
  • School and community groups allowed with public health measures in place
  • Hire and meeting spaces available with restricted numbers
  • Kaizen open with no limits in place
  • No limits to events.

  • Playgrounds open
  • Skate parks open
  • Mountain bike tracks open
  • Courts, turf and sportsgrounds are open and bookings can be made - no restrictions for events requiring vaccination - events without vaccination up to 50 people, with 1m distancing
  • Dog parks are open

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


Playgrounds, skate parks, courts, turf, sportsgrounds and mountain bike tracks are open.


At the Arena entrance your vaccine pass will be sited by one of our staff and then scanned at reception/ gym reception for verification. We hope this will help reduce and delays this presentation of passes may cause.

Open with increased capacities from Alert L2. All pool services expect steam room and sauna are open.

Session times will run on weekends and school holidays while at orange setting

  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory (excluding in the pool)
  • Vaccine passes required to enter premises
  • Pools open with up to 150 people, based on 1m distancing
  • Contactless payment preferred
  • Lap pools open
  • Leisure pool open
  • Toddler pool open
  • Sauna and steam room closed
  • Spa pools open
  • Pool sessions operate on weekends, public holidays and school holidays
  • Aquarobic classes operating
  • Learn to Swim operating with health measures in place

Our public toilets remain open and will be regularly cleaned.


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.


For more information check gw.govt.nz/parks


  • Spicer Landfill is open
  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • No cash – eftpos and credit cards only.
  • Bulk recycling facility open with limits based on 1mtr distancing
  • Trash Palace open with capacity limits based on 1mtr distancing
  • No vaccine passes required
  • Wear face coverings

Courts, turf and sportsgrounds are open and bookings can be made - no restrictions for events requiring vaccination - events without vaccination up to 50 people based on 1m distancing.
Changing rooms at our sportsgrounds will only be open if whoever hired the ground is actively checking Covid-19 vaccine passes.


Open. Remember the golden rule of keeping a distance of one metre. If that’s not physically possible, then please do not use that space such as narrow walkways or tracks.


  • Contact tracing is mandatory
  • Face coverings mandatory
  • Vaccine passes required to enter chapel
  • No limits to funerals or tangihanga
  • Cleaning of chapel required between vaccine certificate or non vaccine certificate events
  • The cemetery is open to the public with record keeping encouraged..


Lastly, remember the golden rules to keep safe:

  • 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