Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Courtenay Place To Close To Traffic This Friday And Saturday Night For Safety Reasons

With bars and nightclubs reopening this weekend concerns that Courtenay Place may experience an influx of people this Friday and Saturday (22 and 23 May) has resulted in a decision to temporarily close the road to traffic for safety reasons.

The move will see Courtenay Place closed in both directions from Cambridge Terrace to Taranaki Street between 10pm and 4am to allow for physical distancing if needed.

Wellington hospitality industry representatives spoke with the Police and approached Wellington City Council, via Mayor Andy Foster and Economic Development Portfolio Leader Cr Diane Calvert, to request the closure due to concerns at the number of people possibly returning to the city’s reopened entertainment precinct for the first time since level 4 lockdown.

Mayor Foster says it’s important businesses are assisted to be able to operate safely. “When approached we were keen to support the hospitality sector, and the jobs they provide, while achieving our primary concern of ensuring public safety. We want to make sure physical distancing is maintained and that people aren’t putting themselves at risk stepping out into the street in order to achieve this.”

Matt McLaughlin, Wellington Branch President of Hospitality NZ, says Alert Level 2 requirements mean all bar patrons must be seated and the best way to ensure this is for people to book before they come so they can walk straight in and not have to queue.

“The capacity of bars is greatly reduced due to the Level 2 Guidelines and we are concerned for the safety of our patrons not only inside our venues but in the queue and on the street as well. Wait times to get into a bar will be quite different to what it is normally so we encourage you to get your group together and pre-book where possible,” says Matt.

“If you are not planning on coming into a hospitality venue we encourage you to stay at home.”

Wellington Police Inspector Wade Jennings says Police will maintain a visible presence throughout the Wellington CBD. “We are working in support of the hospitality venues to make sure everyone can safely enjoy themselves this weekend.”

During the Courtenay Place closure temporary bus stops will be located on:

· Cambridge Terrace – outside YHA Wellington Backpackers

· Wakefield Street – outside Reading Cinema car park

· Cable Street – car parks opposite New World

· Taranaki Street – near Lukes Lane.

Check Metlink for further details.

Temporary taxi stands will be located on:

· Taranaki Street between Wakefield Street and Courtenay Place

· Wakefield Street between Blair Street and Tory Street

· Cambridge Terrace.

Ride share companies can collect or drop off passengers anywhere along Cambridge Terrace, Wakefield, Taranaki and Tennyson streets (or other surrounding streets).

No-parking signage and traffic cones will be displayed 48 hours prior to the closure.

The road closure will be in place this coming weekend and then reassessed.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Welfare Reform Has No Champions In Parliament

Ever since Victorian times, the unemployed have been a problem for those more fortunate, wealthy and powerful. Down the ages, society has been torn between providing for them as victims of misfortune, or dealing to them as the shiftless agents of their own condition. Either way, the poor are commonly regarded as The Other – as a group of outsiders gathered pitifully, reproachfully, or (depending on your POV) threateningly at the gates of polite society.... More>>


 

National: "Todd Muller Announces Shape Of Next Government"

National Party Leader Todd Muller has announced the line-up of the next Government. “New Zealand is facing perhaps the toughest time that almost anyone alive can remember. “We are borrowing tens of billions of dollars to get us through this crisis. There ... More>>

ALSO:

Lockdown Rules: Timeline For Moving To Level 1 Needed

The BusinessNZ Network is calling for more clarity about the conditions under which businesses can move to Covid level 1. The network is concerned about large numbers of businesses that are at risk of closure if restrictions continue at the current ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Day Of Reckoning

Congratulations. You are one of the 55 members of the National caucus being called together tomorrow to choose who will lead you to either (a) catastrophic or (b) honourable defeat on September 19, thereby saving some (but not all) of the jobs currently on the line. Good luck. Your decision process starts NOW... More>>

ALSO:


Budget 2020: Jobs Budget To Get Economy Moving Again

Investments to both save and create jobs in Budget 2020 mean unemployment can be back to pre COVID-19 levels within two years and could see the economy growing again as early as next year. More>>

ALSO:

Covid-19 Response: Law Setting Up Legal Framework For Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Passes


The law establishing a legal framework for the response to Covid-19 has passed its final reading and will become law in time for the move to Alert Level 2 tonight.
This is a bespoke Act designed specifically to stop the spread of COVID-19... More>>

ALSO:

ACT: Parliament Quits MP Cut Pay Debate To Go Home Early

“In an outrageous move, Parliament has today passed voluntary MP pay cuts and avoided any debate over whether to make them compulsory and transparent”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.... More>>

ALSO:

Trans-Tasman Bubble: PMs Jacinda And Morrison Announce Plans

Australia and New Zealand are committed to introducing a trans-Tasman COVID-safe travel zone as soon as it is safe to do so, Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP have announced... More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods, and Health Minister David Clark today announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, which will enable New Zealand scientists to contribute to global research efforts ... More>>

ALSO:

The Dig: Steady State Economics: We’ve Got Some (systems) Thinking To Do

In this time of impending economic and ecological crises, we urgently need to aim for a sustainable or ‘steady state’ economy. In order to get there, we will need to adopt a ‘systems-thinking’ outlook taking into account the interconnections of our complex world.

In short, we’ve got some systems thinking to do... More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Parties Get Into gear

The Green Party is pleased to reveal its candidate list for the upcoming election. With a mix of familiar faces and fresh new talent, this exceptional group of candidates are ready to lead the Greens back into Government. Using the most democratic list ... More>>

ALSO:

Insight Into Regenerative Agriculture In New Zealand

There is a fast growing movement in New Zealand that has been happening out in paddocks, fields, gardens and hill country across the nation. It is a movement that holds the promise to reshape our productive land use industries towards systems that work with the natural environment to regenerate the land. The movement is that of regenerative agriculture. More>>

ALSO:

Covid-19: Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing

The Ministry of Health has today formally released the NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand. Kiwis who download the app will create a digital diary of the places they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at the entrances to ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Freshwater Package Backed By Comprehensive Economic Analysis

Decisions on the Action for Healthy Waterways package are supported by comprehensive environmental and economic impact analysis by leading New Zealand research institutes, universities, and private sector firms. More>>

ALSO:

Govt: Concern At Introduction Of National Security Legislation For Hong Kong
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels