Here’s what you and your whānau need to know about the latest Alert Level changes.
For whānau living in Tāmaki Makaurau – Alert Level 3
We are encouraging whānau to review the locations of interest to see if they need to get tested. Information on where to get a test is available on the Healthpoint website which has all the testing locations and hours supplied by DHBs.
At Alert Level 3, whānau must stay home if they can to avoid any risk of spread. You must work from home unless you’re unable to and tamariki should learn at home.
Whenever you’re not at mahi or kura, you must stay within your household bubble. Heoi anō, this can be expanded to connect with close whānau, bring in caregivers or support isolated whānau members.
- When you are out and about, make sure to maintain physical distancing. You should keep at least 2 metres away from people in public and in stores, and 1 metre in controlled environments, like at mahi or kura.
- Wear a mask or face covering if physical distancing is difficult.
- Gatherings and hui of up to 10 people can continue, but only for tangihanga and weddings.
Lastly, kia mau ki ngā tikanga hauora, keep up basic hygiene measures to protect whānau. Most importantly, if you’re māuiui, stay home and call Healthline to see if you need to get a test.
If you’re unsure about anything Alert Level related, check out the Unite Against COVID website.
For whānau living outside of Tāmaki Makaurau – Alert Level 2
Much like our whānau in Tāmaki, you should review the locations of interest online to see if you need to get tested.
- At Alert Level 2, whānau can go to mahi and kura, but should follow public health measures and be considerate of others.
- If you’re mâuiui, stay at home. Call Healthline to see if you need to get tested.
- When you’re not at home, make sure to keep your distance from those around you.
- As with Alert Level 3, stay 2 metres from others in public and 1 metre in controlled environments.
- You must wear a face mask or covering on public transport and on domestic flights and are encouraged to wear one when physical distancing is difficult.
- Gatherings and hui of up to 100 people are allowed. There are specific restrictions at Alert Level 2 depending on the type of gathering. Learn more here.
- Remember to be kind to one another, especially to our whānau in Tāmaki.
For more information on Alert Level 2 check out the Unite Against COVID website.
Travel in and out of Tāmaki Makaurau
- The border around Tāmaki has been re-established and will match the border set up earlier this month.
- Travel in and out of Tāmaki Makaurau is for essential travel only. Whānau who received a border exemption when the city was moved to Alert Level 3 earlier this month, will not need to reapply. Those same exemptions will be reactivated.
- As of yesterday morning, anyone attempting to travel across the regional boundaries will be stopped and asked for proof of essential travel. If you do not provide evidence, you may be denied travel.
You can learn more about travelling in and out of Tāmaki here.
Getting support for you and your loved ones
I know the latest changes will be affecting our whānau emotionally and financially. It’s important to remember that it’s normal to feel anxious or stressed in times of difficulty.
- If you feel you are not coping, please talk with a health professional.
- For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor. There are also resources available online.
- If you’re having trouble with money, there may be support for you. Learn more here.