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Wynyard Edge Alliance (WEA) and America's Cup events cancelled their regular briefing and have provided an update by email instead.   There has been a lot of great work happening on site since the last update at the combined Community Liaison Group and  Wynyard Quarter Neighbours Forum held in late January.  See below for all the latest.  


In this update Heart of the City outlines the latest government assistance packages, provides an update on what essential services are open and explains how the City Centre will be protected during the lock down.  There are also translations of the government information in both simplified Chinese and Korean.  


Panuku shares what lock down will mean for the Waterfront.  Reduced public services, some businesses still open and enhanced security.  Click below to read more.  


The Te Wero or Wynyard Crossing Bridge will remain in an upright position from midnight  25th March for at least 4 weeks.  The bridge is not considered an essential service because there is an alternative route for people to walk and cycle around the Viaduct Harbour. The bridge is manually operated on site by Panuku staff who will now self-isolate for at least 4 weeks.  The bridge will be monitored by CCTV security.  Click here for alternative route map


Message from Auckland Transport:

At Level 4, you should not travel unless your journey is absolutely essential. Essential travel includes healthcare workers getting to and from work and people needing to get to supermarkets or pharmacies. Your cooperation is crucial if New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 is to be effective.  For more details click below.


With the announcement advising cancellation of events or public gatherings of 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors, Heart of the City have produced an update. City centre events have been cancelled or postponed so check out the latest list here.  Most city centre businesses are still open and trading. Some have adapted, to see what they are doing click below.  Support your local community, while following the latest advice from the Ministry of Health which you can read here.


The Government has put together a COVID-19 wage subsidy for employers in all regions.  It is to support your business if you are impacted by COVID-19 and face laying off staff or reducing their hours because of COVID-19.  If you are an employer, contractor, sole trader or self-employed you may qualify to get the COVID-19 wage subsidy. Read more in the link below from Heart of the City.  


AT's latest TravelWise Choices newsletter gives information on the Walk to Work day, City Rail Link, NX2 service changes, the record breaking Bike Challenge (check out all the winners!), and the extended bike path in the North East.  If you fancy a free E-bike tour take a look.  For the full newsletter click below.


The trial of the train that will run between Hamilton and Auckland will start on Monday 3rd August.  The Te Huia service will consist of two morning trains from Hamilton, with two return evening trains each week day and a single return train on Saturday.  It will allow up to 300 people to get to and from Auckland each day, helping reduce congestion and transport emissions.  The free  WiFi will enable passengers to use the travel time productively.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is making ripples all over the globe. Government and health officials are urging calm and caution. Employers are looking at how best to protect the health of their workforce and their operations. Now is the time to assess your organizations continuity of operations plan and determine if you’re workforce is ready to work remotely for an extended period of time if necessary.

Article by Association of Commuter Transport .  Photo courtesy of BBC read their article here

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