COVID-19 update from the New Zealand Government
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Auckland is at Alert Level 3, the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. These Alert Levels will be reviewed before midnight on Friday.
With new cases of community transmission, we are restarting regular email updates. Please share with your networks and communities.
The total number of confirmed cases in the community is four, with four probable cases. All cases are in the Auckland region. Contact tracing and testing is underway and all close or casual contacts will be tested.
There is one new case in Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ).
There is no known connection between the community cases and MIQ.
If you are sick
If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay home and call Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor for advice about getting tested.
People in Auckland should wear face coverings when outside their home during Alert Level 3.
In other areas of the country, wear a face covering if physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport or in supermarkets.
Face coverings can be re-usable or disposable and they can be bought or homemade. You don’t need a medical mask. You can use another kind of face covering like a scarf, bandana or t-shirt.
Face coverings help stop droplets spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes. This will help stop the spread if someone has COVID-19 but feels well or has no obvious symptoms.
Masks must be worn on all flights leaving Auckland. If you do not have your own, the airline will supply one.
NZ COVID Tracer app
We need everyone to record their movements using the NZ COVID Tracer app, or by making a note of where they've been and who they've seen.
Today we have had a record number of downloads and uses of the NZ COVID Tracer app.
All businesses and venues should display the official government issued QR code poster. From 19 August this will be compulsory.
NZ COVID Tracer app is the fastest way to notify people if they have come in contact with the virus. You can get it on the App Store or Google Play.
Golden rules for businesses
Golden Rules for business at Alert Level 3
- If your business requires close physical contact it can’t operate.
- Your staff should work from home if they can.
- Keep contact tracing records of anyone who has close interaction, e.g. staff and contractors.
- All businesses must display the government QR code poster for use with the NZ COVID Tracer App, by 19 August.
- Customers cannot come onto your premises - unless you are a supermarket, dairy, petrol station, pharmacy or permitted health service.
- Your business must be contactless. Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up must also be contactless.
- Basic hygiene measures must be maintained. Physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces. Workers must stay home if they are sick.
- Staff must remain a minimum of 1 metre apart at all times where practical. Other measures, such as PPE including face coverings, should be used where appropriate.
- Different advice applies to essential healthcare workers, border agencies, courts and tribunal staff, first responders and corrections staff. Visit MoH.govt.nz for more advice.
- You must meet all other health and safety obligations.
Golden rules for business at Alert Level 2
- Reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at work.
- All businesses can operate if they can do so safely. Alternative ways of working are encouraged where possible.
- Talk with your staff to identify risks and ways to manage them.
- Ask everyone, workers, contractors and customers, with cold or flu-like symptoms to stay away from your premises.
- Keep groups of customers at least 1 metre apart, or 2 metres for retail businesses.
- Keep contact tracing records of anyone who will have close interaction e.g. staff, contractors or customers. Retail businesses are not required to keep contact tracing records.
- All businesses must display a government issued QR code for use with the NZ COVID Tracer App by 19 August
- Face coverings are strongly encouraged if you are in close contact with others.
- Reduce the number of shared surfaces, and regularly disinfect them.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
Early learning centres and schools in Auckland are open to all children who cannot learn from or be cared for at home.
Schools around the rest of the country have put into place measures for physical distancing and safe hygiene practices. Early learning centres have put in place safe hygiene practices.
Travel in and out of Auckland
Travel in and out of Auckland is restricted to essential travel only — you cannot pass through Auckland by road during this time.
If you live in Auckland but are not currently there, you can return home.
If you don’t live in Auckland but are currently there, you can return home. If you then display any symptoms, get a test.
Police will be operating checkpoints on the boundaries of the Auckland Council area. Details can be found here.
- Translations of essential information are available in 16 different languages on the COVID-19 website
- Up-to-date Alert Level information is on the COVID-19 website
- The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Levels 3 and 2) Order 2020 outlines current restrictions and requirements.
Call Healthline if you have symptoms 0800 358 5453
Need to talk? Call or text 1737
Report breaches of self-isolation 105.police.govt.nz
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