Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has announced the closure of key city facilities in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Auckland’s libraries, pools and recreational centres, as well as the Maritime Museum and Art Gallery, will close for two weeks in line with the Government’s advice to constrain the spread of COVID-19.
The facilities will be closed to the public from later on Friday.
During a press conference on Friday, Goff said the measure is made with regret – but highlighted it’s importance at this time.
“Our main concern right now is to protect people’s health and wellbeing and we are doing this by limiting large crowd interactions where the chance of virus spread is high,” he said.
Auckland’s 55 libraries receive over 250,000 visits a week, while Auckland Council’s swimming pools and leisure centres have up to 200,000 visitors per week.
“We get far too many people through the door at these facilities to be able to run them safely in light of the current situation,” Goff explained.
The closures may be extended depending on the evolving situation and based on the Government’s advice.