MIQ to stand up an additional managed isolation facility in Ōtautahi Christchurch
Published: 30 September 2021
Due to ongoing high demand for MIQ space, MBIE has been looking into facilities that could potentially be brought online in a short timeframe.
Associate Deputy Secretary of Managed Isolation and Quarantine Andrew Milne says that following a thorough investigation and engagement with our local stakeholders and partners, the Elms in Ōtautahi Christchurch has been identified as a suitable additional managed isolation facility.
“There are a lot of complex issues that need to be considered for operating MIQ facilities, including workforce supply to support our operations, suitability of the hotels and proximity to hospital facilities and appropriate transport hubs.
“There are also a criteria of ‘must haves’ that the hotel must meet – including adequate staff areas, access to onsite fresh air/exercise areas, and the ability to bring the ventilation in line with MIQ preferred conditions.
“We have been successfully operating 6 facilities in Ōtautahi Christchurch since June 2020, and as the 7th, the Elms will join a network that has allowed more than 170,000 people to come into the country since the start of the pandemic.
“The Elms will operate as a managed isolation facility only and will have an operating capacity of around 85 rooms.
“We will take every precaution to protect our staff, the members of the community who are entering our facility to carry out necessary services, and our neighbours.
“Our local partners and stakeholders were overall supportive of bringing this facility online, and while there are challenges, particularly for the workforce, they are less critical than other regions, and as a larger city it is more easily able to adapt.
“I want to thank the management of the Elms for their effort and cooperation and we look forward to the Elms being able to accept returnees by the end of November”, Mr Milne says.
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