Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but do need to scan in, and wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See for info about vaccinations.

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Last updated:
23 January 2022

The following visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  1. All visitors need to scan in using the COVID-19 Tracer App or sign in on arrival and provide their contact details
  2. If you’re using the COVID-19 Tracer App, please ensure Bluetooth tracing is turned on
  3. All visitors must wear a surgical/medical mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable
  4. All visitors are expected to practice safe physical distancing. You should remain two metres away from people you don’t know
  5. Everyone, including visitors should practise good hand hygiene
  6. Visitors who are unwell should not be entering our facilities.

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

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Health warning removed for Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain

Friday 31 December 2021Media release2 minutes to read

Health Warning – Potentially toxic algal bloom in Wainono Lagoon

Health Warning removed for Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain

Canterbury District Health Board’s Community and Public Health unit has lifted its health warning for Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain.                                

The latest water testing results show faecal bacteria levels in the Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain are now below guideline values and the health warning issued on 22 December 2021 has been removed with the water in Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain suitable for recreational use.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton says, “rainfall in the area in the last week was the likely cause of the high levels of faecal bacteria.”

However, there are still low levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) that were found in Lake Ellesmere in early December.

“While it is great news that faecal bacteria have dropped to below levels of health concern, we still advise caution for recreational users because of the presence of potentially toxic algae,” Dr Brunton says.

When a health warning is in place, water quality at affected sites is not considered suitable for recreational uses, including swimming, because of the risk to health from the bacteria and other pathogens.

Water contaminated by human or animal faecal bacteria may contain a range of disease-causing micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria and protozoa. 

“In most cases, the ill-health effects from exposure to contaminated water are minor and short-lived.  However, there is the potential for more serious diseases, such as hepatitis A, giardia, cryptosporosis, campylobacter and salmonella,” Dr Brunton says.

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