The NZ Council of Retail Property has told its members to keep shopping centres open on Wednesday, ahead of Covid-19 virus alert level 4 kicking in on Thursday.
Council of Retail Property chair Campbell Barbour said the organisation’s members included many of New Zealand’s largest retail property owners and they continued to comply with all Ministry of Health guidelines to ensure the health & wellbeing of communities while providing access to essential services as alert level 4 approached.
“We want to reinforce the Government’s message to shop normally as these essential services within our members’ shopping centres will remain open throughout a level 4 alert.
“Under alert level 4, many shopping centres will continue to partially operate to enable New Zealanders access to those goods, services & businesses identified as ‘essential’ during this time.
“The operational procedures & arrangements will vary centre to centre in accordance with ongoing compliance with public health guidelines and depending on the individual circumstances of each shopping centre.
“The council has offered its co-operation & assistance to the Government to ensure a measured & consistent industry approach to the current situation that puts the health & wellbeing of our community at the fore.”
Attribution: Council of Retail Property.