Event organisers in Hamilton should continue to take advice from health officials before deciding whether or not to proceed with their events, says Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate.
The Council and Mayor have fielded a small number of enquiries about whether or not upcoming events in the city will be cancelled to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate stressed the public health response is being managed by the Ministry of Health – not Council. The Ministry is providing regular updates with the latest information available here.
While Council has no events of its own planned in the next 10 days, it is keeping a “watching brief” on the issue and would take the advice of health officials. Private event organisers should do the same, she said.
“Council cannot force independent event organisers or sporting organisations to cancel events. We would expect all event organisers in the city to do exactly what we’re doing; listen and take official government advice. I’m sure everyone will be very sensible.”
Mayor Southgate said Hamilton City Council remained focused on maintaining services in the city and looking after the health and wellbeing of staff and contractors. She was very comfortable with the city’s preparedness and said the city would continue to follow Ministry of Health guidelines.
“My advice is the same as that being offered by experts. Stay home if you’re unwell, cover coughs and sneezes and more importantly, wash your hands thoroughly and often.”