The first sections will be opened today. These are 27 and 28 in the morning (9am) and 20, 21, 26 at 2pm. All businesses registered to enter these sections have already been emailed and had a follow up phone call. The sections to be opened on Tuesday are 94, 95, 96, 79 and 80. Businesses in these sections have also been contacted Businesses who have already been contacted regarding entering the red zone, please note:
You will have controlled access to your building for three hours to retrieve essential business items.
A briefing will be given by Canterbury Business Recovery Group at the Information Point for your zone prior to you entering. Please ensure you are at this briefing
Access Only access to green and yellow placarded buildings is permitted, access to red placarded buildings IS NOT PERMITTED. What you need to bring:
The area to be opened on Wednesday will be confirmed today. Retrieval of cars in the CBD update
Sydenham remains a RED ZONE and businesses must follow the same process as those in the CBD. E.g. if they are a high priority business (Lawyer, Doctor, Dentist etc.) they can go to Portacom D at the Art Gallery. There are still some dangerous buildings in Sydenham and safety remains the priority. To visit other posts on this go to Entry into CBD red zone Cordon Entry and Frequently asked Questions
Further CBD Access
The no-go red zone in the heart of Christchurch's central business district has been reduced further, with residents and business owners allowed access to another part of the city from Thursday. At today's media briefing National Civil Defence controller John Hamilton said residents and business owners will also be allowed access to the southern part of Zone 4 which runs from Durham St to Hagley Park in the north west of the CBD on Thursday morning. Members of the public will be allowed entry on Friday. The badly damaged red zone has been reduced further with more "orange zones" identified. Half of Zone 5, which runs from Moorhouse Ave to St Asaph St, could be open to business owners by the end of the week, Hamilton said. To view the new cordon go to the link below
Parts of Christchurch's central district will be open again from October. A timetable for reopening the central business district was announced this afternoon by the city's property owners, business operators, civil defence and politicians. Cashel Mall will open first and will act as a gateway to the rest of the city centre. Re-locatable expo-style structures will be used by retailers and hospitality owners who are not able to re-open in their existing buildings in the inner city.
Dubbed "Restart 29 October" the project aims to have existing retail and hospitality buildings open from October 29 in the area bounded by by Oxford Terrace, Hereford St, Colombo St and Lichfield St. Earthquake Recovery minister Gerry Brownlee said it was "an important and symbolic move that tells the people of Christchurch we are serious about getting business on its feet and rebuilding the central city." A detailed assessment of existing buildings will be completed by the end of the month with repair work and remediation designs completed for individual buildings by the end of May.
By June, demolition of buildings which cannot be repaired will be completed and all sites will be cleared of rubble. September will see the installation of re-locatable expo-style structures with building repairs and remediation work completed by October 17 - ready for the October 29 public opening. The reopening is being timed for Canterbury's Cup and Show Week in November.