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Last updated:
13 March 2023

Some visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities remain in place, but we have relaxed others.

There is still a heightened risk to vulnerable people in hospital and so we recommend all people wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and  visitors safe.

To keep everybody safe:

  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell. Do not visit if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t completed your isolation period.
  • Patients may have more than one visitor, except in some situations such as multi-bed rooms where it can cause overcrowding.
  • Surgical/medical masks are recommended to be worn at all sites. Masks will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • For Specialist Mental Health Services everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a face mask in all inpatient areas and areas where consumers are receiving care (i.e. community appointments, home-visits, transporting people). Discretion may be applied in cases where masks impair your ability to communicate effectively.
  • Visitors must not eat or drink in multibed rooms because of the increased risk when multiple people remove their face mask in the same space.
  • Hand sanitiser is available and must be used.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our staff work hard to protect and care for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • People can visit patients who have COVID-19 but they must wear an N95 mask – this will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, Facetime, Zoom, WhatsApp etc where visits aren’t possible.

All of our Hospitals

Visiting hours for our hospitals have returned to pre COVID-19 hours with the exception of Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

All visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors are now allowed, except for the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day stay where just one parent/caregiver is able to attend their appointment with their child. Exceptions by special arrangement only.

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

More COVID-19 information

Ready to ride – Go Bike Day

Thursday 4 February 2016Media release2 minutes to read

THIS IS AN ARCHIVED PAGE. The advice and information contained in this page may not be current and it should only be used for historical reference purposes.

It's time to dust off your old 10-speed, check your brakes, wipe the cobwebs off your helmet, and get ready for Go by Bike Day.

Go By Bike Day is on next Wednesday (February 10, 2016) and Cantabrians are being urged to leave their cars at home and cycle to work or school.

Go By Bike Day cycle celebration stations will be set up along our city's most popular cycle routes between 7am-9am.

The stations will be set up at Antigua Boatsheds bridge, Hagley Park (close to Matai Street), outside Community and Public Health on Manchester Street, at CPIT Aoraki on the corner of Madras and St Asaph streets, and at Meridian Energy at 104 Moorhouse Avenue.


People who stop at the cycle celebration stations will be able to get a breakfast snack, make a smoothie on a blender bike, win helmets and other cycling merchandise, get a free bike check-up, ride an electric bike, and much more.

Councillor Phil Clearwater, Chair of the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee, says Christchurch is perfect for cycling.

“Christchurch is mostly flat, there's plenty of cycle lanes, and more being built all the time. It's no surprise that we're seeing a resurgence in cycling in Christchurch,” Cr Clearwater says.                                                              

A recent Neilsen survey indicated 40,000 people would take up cycling in Christchurch in the first half of this year.

“With more and more people returning to our city centre for work, Go By Bike Day is an important way we can encourage people to get out of their cars and give cycling a go,” Cr Clearwater says.

Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says cycling is good for your body and mind.

“By commuting to work or school by bike, you will also arrive feeling awake and alert having stimulated your blood flow,” Dr Pink says.

“It makes you fitter, healthier and more productive. It's also great for the environment as it helps reduce your carbon footprint.”



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