It's good to see people adhering to the rules regarding self isolation, but a heads up to all dog owners when walking you dog. Don't forget your dog is also at risk from contact with other dogs or people, the virus can stick to their fur where it can stay viable for up to three days, transfer to humans and so infect it's owners. You can minimise this risk by keeping your dog away from other dogs, people and droppings, if other dogs are running free in the reserve or park, leash your dog until you are well away and it is safe to let them off. Don't allow people to pat your dog (or cat) and don't touch other people's pets. Pick up your dog poo to protect others and avoid other dog's poo. If you think your dog has been exposed bath him/her in soapy water when you get home and shower yourself and put your clothes in the washing machine. I know it seems extreme but this virus is a serious risk to lives so extra caution is recommended.
Some dogs can become carriers and this is heart- breaking for any owner so protect your best buddy and don't forget puss too. Stay safe everyone and don't forget your buddies.
Kia ora Canterbury, it's time to dust off that old camera, get out and about and show the rest of your neighbours your favourite, treasured spots in your region. It could be an awesome view, the shy wildlife or even the old buildings that are wanting their stories to be told.
Go ahead, get snapping and illustrate what's beyond your backyard.
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Tickets for the first three days of Christchurch's new hot pools sold out in less than 24 hours.
The Christchurch City Council confirmed on Tuesday that the New Brighton hot salt water pools, named He Puna Taimoana, will open on Saturday, the start of Queen's Birthday Weekend.
By Wednesday morning, the website for the hot pools showed all 600 available slots had been booked out for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tuesday still had plenty of spots available.
Entry to the new pools is allowed only through online bookings, and sessions are limited to 50 people due to Covid-19 restrictions.
* Photo taken in February 2020 while the pools were still under construction.
Residents in Christchurch face a rates increase of between 3.5 and 5.5 per cent next year to plug a $90 million hole in the city council’s purse left largely by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hopes for a much-vaunted lowering of the increase to zero have been dashed, with staff warning the policy would cause “unprecedented” redundancies, jeopardise projects and flout direct advice from the Government.
The authority also faces borrowing more than $100m over the next two years to pay for its coronavirus response and make up for an expected $61.8m in lost dividends from the trading companies it owns.
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