Changes to BOP COVID-19 assessment centre hours

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The Bay’s COVID-19 assessment centres are changing their operating times from this Thursday.  

The Tauranga Community Based Assessment Centre located at the Trustpower Baypark Stadium will be moving to new weekday and weekend opening hours.

On weekdays the centre will open from 9am-4pm. Weekends will see the centre open at 9am, and close at 2pm. 

Bay of Plenty Community Based Health Services Lead Dr Joe Bourne says the move was a response to the numbers presenting at the CBACs, allied to the constant drive to utilise resources as efficiently as possible.

“We’re taking an approach where we will increase and decrease the capacity at the CBACs depending on the need in the population at the time,” says Joe.

“I would like to acknowledge how well our community is doing at the moment with both isolation and physical distancing. People are following the advice that has been given which is reducing the amount of respiratory infections in our community allowing us to reduce the capacity we’ve got at the moment.

“Should the number of people requiring assessment increase again, we do have the ability to move with that and increase the hours should that be necessary.”

The operating hours for the Bay’s other static sites (at Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki) have also been reduced.

For the coming week the operating times are as follows:

Whakatāne (at Whakatāne War Memorial Hall)

Thursday 16 April Closed

Friday 17 April 9am-12.30pm

Saturday 18 April 10am-4pm

Sunday 19 April Closed

Monday 20 April 9am-12.30pm

Ōpōtiki (at Ōpōtiki Senior Citizens Hall)

Thursday 16 April 10am-2pm

Kawerau (at the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre Car Park)

Thursday 16 April 10am-2pm

Tauranga (at Trustpower Baypark Stadium)

Thursday 16 April 9am-4pm

Friday 17 April 9am-4pm

Saturday 18 April 9am-2pm

Sunday 19 April 9am-2pm

Monday 20 April 9am-4pm

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