Community & Environment

Changes to some public events in response to COVID-19 announcements

An aerial view of the central city and Waikato River

Following announcements by the Government and Ministry of Health in the past 24 hours regarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), some privately-run public events in Hamilton have been cancelled. These events include public gatherings related to Balloons over Waikato, and the Gourmet in the Gardens. Other event organisers are reviewing their events.

Several of these events use Council-owned facilities or open spaces, but the decisions to proceed or not are being made by the individual event organisers. The Council has not requested any groups halt or postpone events but supports event organisers making the decisions that are right for their own circumstances. The Council acknowledges this is a very tough time for private event organisers and will continue to do what it can to support them while looking after the best interests of people in our city.

In coming weeks there are several Council-run events in the city which will be reviewed on Monday 16 March, taking into account the latest advice from the Ministry of Health. The Council’s priority is to ensure the health of our community and staff while we provide services to our city.

Please continue to follow Ministry of Health advice. Do not attend public events if you are unwell (for any reason) and practice good hygiene, particularly covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow, disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin, and washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and drying them thoroughly, or using hand sanitiser before handling food, after using the toilet, after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses, and after touching public surfaces.

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