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Northland in Level 3



2 Sept 21

Julia Wade


17 KDC Village  Traffic management Level 3 2021-page-001-482With Northland’s wastewater being declared covid-free today September 2, and the government’s subsequent announcement that the region can shift to Level 3, police and council are already gearing up for change.

Police officers who have guarded the northern Kaipara borders are already on the move and will be setting up checkpoints along the district’s southern borders from early this evening.

In a media release police state that operational planning was well-advanced ahead of the Alert Level change, however Northland Police ‘will continue to be highly visible operating checkpoints and random stops inside their districts’.

Road works in Mangawhai Village are also set to resume, with Kaipara District Council [KDC] ‘giving a heads up’ to local businesses via letter earlier this week, about their plans to continue reconstruction works in the likelihood Alert Levels would change.

“To take advantage of the limited traffic movement under Level 3 and to continue accelerated progress on the works, United Civil will concentrate on a significant piece of the project at the Insley Street Moir Street west intersection,” a KDC spokesperson says. “The northern section of Insley Street feeding into Moir Street west will be closed to allow the team to build this part of the road. We anticipate this will be in place from this Saturday or the following Monday, September 6.”

During this time light traffic will be diverted behind the Four Square shops, facilitated by stop-go traffic controllers in the daytime and a priority give way in the evening, while heavy vehicles will detoured via Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Road. Delivery vehicles will still be able to service Village businesses, and customers will still be able to access Gas Mangawhai and Four Square with footpaths set out for pedestrians. Work is also to commence on the Shared Path along Molesworth Drive.

While onsite, the United Civil project team will be ‘strictly adhering to all Level 3 COVID-19 guidelines, in line with Government requirements and to keep our community safe’.

For more details please visit mangawhaicommunityplan.co.nz

The following guidelines are for permitted movement under Alert Level 3- [reference covid19.govt.nz]

· Accessing Alert Level 3 businesses or services

You are allowed to leave home to access a business or service that can operate at Alert Level 3. This can be for yourself, someone in your household bubble or a vulnerable or high-risk person.

The business or service must be in your region or is the nearest one to you. Alert Level 3 businesses and services that require close

physical contact cannot open, all other businesses can operate, but with restrictions.

You can enter the premises of the following businesses and services at Alert Level 3:

o supermarket

o dairy

o butcher

o fishmonger

o greengrocer

o petrol station

o pharmacy

o a health service

o bank or financial institution — in-person customer transactions can only happen if online or phone banking options are not possible.

o hardware or DIY store— these can open to trade customers only.

Wearing a mask or face covering is still required in public.

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