News and information – Council begins to implement city-wide orange traffic light system

The central government announced today (Monday, November 29) that Wellington will switch to Orange in passport systems for traffic lights and COVID vaccination on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Orange allows important freedoms in the city, but passports for COVID vaccines are a key part of the plan to help protect communities, businesses and the healthcare system from undue pressure.

The Board is currently consulting staff on a draft COVID-19 vaccination policy, before making a decision by Thursday morning on roles and sites that will require mandatory vaccinations.

Health and Safety Risk Assessments have been undertaken for all Council roles, services and facilities.

He will be legally required to provide a COVID vaccine pass to enter places where vaccination requirements are in place. The draft policy currently recommends that Council facilities, including libraries, gymnasiums, swimming pools, recreation centers, community centers, service centers, and certain sports facilities, require a COVID vaccination passport to enter.

Wellington City Council CEO Barbara McKerrow said the government has given us the tools to support this change and now we need to do our due diligence and use them.

“It’s not about elimination anymore; we need to prepare to live with COVID-19 in our community and do what we can to minimize its impact and spread. Vaccinations are a big part of how we get there, alongside other safety measures set out in the framework. “

Wellington City Council will confirm the status of its services and facilities on its website, social media channels and through the media on Thursday, December 2 before the introduction of the traffic light system at 11:59 p.m. ET.

According to the Ministry of Health:

At Orange, there will be community transmission, with pressure on our health system. The whole health system concentrates its resources, but can manage primary care, public health and hospitals. There may also be an increased risk for those at risk.

How we stay safe at Orange:

  • Record keeping and digitization is required
  • Face coverings are mandatory on flights, public transport, taxis, shops, public places and public facilities.

Where can we go at Orange:

  • Public facilities are open with capacity limits based on a distance of 1 meter. This means the maximum number of people that could occupy the space if each person were within 1 meter of each other. People do not need to stand within 1 meter of each other.
  • Retail, including farmers’ markets, is open with capacity limits based on a distance of 1 meter.
  • ECEs, schools, kura and tertiary providers are open, with public health measures in place.

Obtain your COVID vaccine pass:

  • Please apply for your COVID Vaccine Pass now, so that you are ready to visit our Council sites starting Friday, December 3.
  • To get your COVID vaccine pass, visit or call the Department of Health on 0800 222 478 between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week. Have your NHI (National Health Index) ready.
  • For help accessing and printing your CVP, Wellington City Libraries offer free printing and support, Smart city also provides support, as does the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, SeniorNet, Age Concern and some pharmacy.

Visit the Council’s websites:

  • Keep track of where you are going – scan and show your Covid Vaccine Pass to staff when you visit Wellington City Council indoor sites
  • You should also scan your COVID Tracer app or use an alternatively provided login process, as the Covid Vaccine Pass is not a substitute for contact tracing.
  • Leave a little earlier for classes or events to avoid queues at peak times
  • Please follow the instructions of our staff so that we can check everyone in as quickly as possible
  • Wear a face cover
  • Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer
  • If you don’t feel well with any of these symptoms, stay home and call your doctor:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sneezing or runny nose

Sites and technology:

  • There are 75 public Council sites, including libraries, swimming pools and recreation centers, service center and community centers that may require a CVP.
  • Visitors can scan their CVP upon arrival at each site
  • Please allow extra time as there may be queues due to scanning requirements.

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