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.

We are at RED according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

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.

More COVID-19 information:

Health Warning – Unsafe Recreational Water Quality in Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain

Wednesday 22 December 2021Media release2 minutes to read

Health Warning – Potentially toxic algal bloom in Wainono Lagoon

Health Warning – Unsafe Recreational Water Quality in Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain

Canterbury District Health Board’s Community and Public Health unit has issued a health warning after high levels of faecal bacteria were found in consecutive samples taken from in Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain.

Dr Ramon Pink Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says “Water quality at affected site is not considered suitable for recreational uses including swimming because of the risk to health from the bacteria and other pathogens”.

“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 health effects from exposure to faecal bacteria,” Dr Pink says.

Eating shellfish from these sites should be avoided.  If fish are eaten, remove the gut and liver and wash in clean water before cooking. For further information on gathering Mahinga Kai refer to information below.

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


The sites where water quality is affected are listed on and Land, Air Water Aotearoa website.

Monitoring of the site will continue weekly and the public will be advised when the site is safe for recreational use.


For further details visit:

Or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777:

For more information about Mahinga Kai:



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