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Let’s play: skate parks, basketball courts, playgrounds reopen – nerves remain

Cabin fever has been at least partially relieved, but it remains to be seen if it could potentially be replaced by the fever you get from a Covid infection.

Hamilton’s playgrounds, skate parks, basketball courts, public restrooms and sports parks – minus sports – have reopened as part of the government’s three-part plan to ease alert level restrictions 3 across the Waikato.

Under the relaxed restrictions, Hamiltonians and others in the Level 3 zone can meet outside with one other household at a time, up to a maximum of 10 people. They can also travel further for leisure, access in-person health care, and early childhood centers are reopening.

It was a very welcome move for student teacher Jordyn Erueti and her two children McKenzie, 5, and Sharlotte, 1, who carefully made their way to the Lake Rotoroa playground for some fun outside on Thursday.

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“I checked the Hamilton City Council website before I came here, just to make sure it was really open again,” Erueti said. “I was pretty careful and explored the situation when I got here. I’ve been vigilant enough to make sure they stay separate from others – but kids still want to play with other kids.

Many young people were scurrying for the swings and swings at the playground Thursday morning – although it was a scene far removed from the usual Hamilton attraction hive.

“I’m really relieved to be able to come here. I have one [child] at school and one at daycare – or that’s where they normally would be. I am studying and at the moment I should be on my last work placement for primary education. Instead, we are all at home. We’re all suffering from a bit of a fever in the cabins, especially with the weather this week.

Ups and downs: Jordyn Erueti and her children McKenzie, right, and Sharlotte who carefully made their way to the Lake Rotoroa playground for some fun outside.

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Ups and downs: Jordyn Erueti and her children McKenzie, right, and Sharlotte who carefully made their way to the Lake Rotoroa playground for some fun outside.

Also on the playground were Carli van Zyl and her mother Rolene van Zyl and the children of Carli, Fletcher, 6, and Rhys, 4.

“It’s really good for them to go out and have a little fun,” Carli said. “But they still have so many restrictions. They can’t see their friends at all.

“We’re just hanging around, waiting for the 90% vaccine target to arrive so we don’t have these restrictions. We want this to happen as quickly as possible. “

Rolene added: “It is essential for their mental well-being. Adults know what it looks like and how to deal with it. Children feel fair.

Swings and roundabouts: Five-year-old McKenzie Erueti savored the joy of (partial) freedom on the Lake Rotoroa playground on Thursday.

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Swings and roundabouts: Five-year-old McKenzie Erueti savored the joy of (partial) freedom on the Lake Rotoroa playground on Thursday.

Council chief executive Lance Vervoort has urged people to exercise caution when gathering at city playgrounds and parks.

“We were all looking forward to reconnecting with our friends and whaanau after being apart for the past few weeks. But remember, we are still seeing cases of Covid-19 in our community, and we need to be careful. “

“Wear a mask, use QR codes and keep your distance when you’re on the move. The river paths and Lake Hamilton are places where we have seen people getting a little too close, so remember to leave some space and help stop the spread of Covid. ”

Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate also welcomed the easing of restrictions.

Close Encounters: The Lake Rotoroa and Waikato River walkways are places where people need to keep their distance from each other, Hamilton City Council chief executive Lance Vervoort said.

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Close Encounters: The Lake Rotoroa and Waikato River walkways are places where people need to keep their distance from each other, Hamilton City Council chief executive Lance Vervoort said.

“The past few weeks have been difficult for all of us and, although these are just small steps, I am happy to see our efforts rewarded with these changes as we increase our immunization rates.

“We know immunization is the way we can do more of the things we love this summer. So don’t wait, take your photo today.