In line with the Ministerial Order that came into effect yesterday, Punanga Nui Market has been granted an exemption to open tomorrow, with restrictions. The playground will be closed.
There will only be two entrances that are open to the public tomorrow; the western entrance next to Avatiu bridge and the eastern entrance in front of the Punanga Nui Office, opposite The Bond.
The back area of the market will be closed off to the public as will the Taua Terevete area (Constitution Park).
CookSafe tag-in stations will be stationed at each entrance and every person who enters the market will be required to either tag-in using their CookSafe card or complete the manual registration form.
Only stall holders who sell food, fresh produce and coffee / drink huts will have a presence at the market tomorrow. Food and vegetable vendors are deemed to be essential services. The market and coffee stalls will not have seating available and all patrons are encouraged to make their purchases and leave.
No-one is encouraged to consume any food or beverage purchases whilst at the market and will likely be asked to move on by the PNM staff who will be on hand to assist with the flow of market visitors and to encourage social distancing.
“Everyone knows that Saturdays at the Punanga Nui Market are a time for socialising, catching up on the weeks events, sharing gossip etc. But tomorrow is not going to be that time. We need to play it safe and show that we, the community, can respond to advice from our public health professionals – Te Marae Ora” said PNM market manager William Taripo.
“As the Secretary of Health said earlier this week – this is the cost of keeping our communities, our people, our families, safe. Best prepared is best protected” Mr Taripo concluded.