Re-opening of Council facilities

Published on 13 May 2020

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Upper Hutt City Council is working on plans for re-opening its public facilities under Alert Level 2.

Libraries, H2O Xtream, Expressions Whirinaki, playgrounds, the recycling station and other public facilities have all been closed since late March due to COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4.

The Government has now announced the safety measures that need to be in place to re-open under COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

Health and safety of our community and staff is paramount, so we are planning a gradual re-opening of facilities. All facilities have comprehensive health and safety plans/guidance for both customers and staff, and ways to operate ensuring all requirements under Alert Level 2 are adhered to.

As you return to public facilities please take note of the safety measures in place and follow instructions of our staff to keep each other safe. 

Below are the dates and times that Council facilities will re-open to members of the public.  
  • Upper Hutt City Council reception – opening Thursday 14 May at 8.00am
  • Expressions Whirinaki and i-SITE – opening Thursday 14 May at 9.00am
    At the start of Alert Level 2 there will not be a full operating café. Prior to lock down, Limelight Café decided to move on and focus on other endeavours. A new café will be coming soon, for now Kick Start Coffee is on-site accompanied by Crumb and Morsel. 
  • Upper Hutt Libraries (including Pinehaven) – opening Thursday 14 May at 9.30am
  • Playgrounds – opening Thursday 14 May
  • Public toilets – opening Thursday 14 May
  • H2O Xtream – opening Wednesday 20 May at 5.30am
    There is a delay in reopening H2O Xtream as we took the opportunity in Level 3 to bring forward tile resealing maintenance planned for later in the year. Once the sealant has set and the pool refilled we will open on 20 May.
  • Silverstream Landfill – The landfill will open to the public on Sunday 17 May, from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, for general waste only. The landfill will then be open as normal from Monday 18 May.  
  • Park Street Recycling Station – will remain closed as we enter Alert Level 2. 
    This is due to the privately run OjiFS recycling facility that takes our recyclable material operating at a reduced capacity and being unable to meet the high demands across the region. We are in regular contact with the recycling facility and will open the Station as soon as possible. Please take steps to reduce and reuse until we are able to reopen. We do not recommend stockpiling and suggest disposing of your recycling into the regular waste stream.

The staff at Upper Hutt City Council are looking forward to seeing you again soon.