Update Alert Level 2

12 August 2020

Tēnā tātou katoa,

Last night, the Prime Minister and Director General of Health addressed the nation about the new positive cases of COVID-19 in the community that have been identified in Tāmaki Makaurau. As of now, no known link has been identified between the cases and the Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities.

The Auckland region moved to Alert Level 3 at midday today and will stay there for three days until midnight on Friday 14 August. The rest of Aotearoa (including Rotoruas) moved to Alert Level 2 at midday and will stay there for the same period.   It has been confirmed that affected whanau members visited Rotorua last weekend while sick, so this is of direct relevance for Ngati Kearoa Ngati Tuara.

Key Points to Note

  • Travel in and out of Tāmaki is restricted to essential travel only. If you are an Aucklander, you can travel to Auckland to return home.
  • Please shop normally – there is ample supply of kai and other goods.
  • All businesses outside Auckland are open with social distancing in place.
  • Hospitality businesses must keep groups of customers separated, seated and served by a single person.
  • Keep physical distancing of 2 metres from people you don’t know when out in public. Keep 1 metre physical distancing in controlled environments like workplaces, where practical.
  • Stay home if you’re māuiui, wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, clean surfaces frequently.
  • If you are sick call your GP or Healthline to book a free COVID-19 test and get tested if asked.
  • Contact tracing is essential to stopping the spread. Use the COVID Tracer app if you can or make a note.
  • No more than 100 people at gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals, and tangihanga.
  • Maximum of 100 people at a time in a defined space. 
  • Mask wearing in public is recommended.  
  • Sport and recreation activities are allowed, subject to conditions on gatherings, record keeping, and physical distancing where practical.
  • The latest information can be found on the Unite Against COVID website and social media channels.  

The Runanga board is meeting Friday night and will discuss our Covid response plan although we all should be better prepared than last time, should our region move into level 3 or 4. 

Nga mihi, Eugene Berryman-Kamp, Runanga Project Manager.

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