By TRACEY ROXBURGH
Plans for Queenstown’s traditional New Year’s Eve party are in a ‘‘holding pattern’’.
While the government’s signalled New Zealand will move to the traffic light system from this coming Friday, it’s not yet clear which setting the majority of the country — except Auckland, which will go to red — will be in.
It seems likely, though, the orange setting will come into play.
It’s to be used if there’s ‘‘increasing community transmission’’ putting pressure on the health system.
If vaccination certificates are used, there’ll be no limits on hospo operators, indoor or outdoor events, close-contact businesess or gyms, for example.
But if they’re not, hospo operators can only offer contactless services, like takeaways, gatherings would be limited to 50 people and businesses like gyms or hairdressers can’t operate.
New Year’s Eve is traditionally Queenstown’s busiest weekend of the year, attracting tens of thousands to Earnslaw Park and CBD bars and restaurants to ring in the new year and take in the fireworks display over Lake Whakatipu.
In a statement, Queenstown council’s comms man Sam White says plans for New Year celebrations both here and in Wānaka are ‘‘in a bit of a holding pattern given the situation both locally and nationally’’.
‘‘We’re obviously monitoring things closely and hope to update everyone as soon as we can.’’