“We are not out of the woods yet,” reminded Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand settled into its first week at Alert Level 3.
While many Kiwi businesses have altered their operations for fully contactless service, others are treating the rules are little more loosely. The government has said that this is not acceptable.
Ardern has warned that the rules of Alert Level 3 will be enforced by government, with several businesses already having been spoken to. So far there have been 104 breaches of Level 3 restrictions.
Twenty-one people have been prosecuted, 71 warnings issued, and 742 complaints were laid about businesses flouting the rules, mainly about a lack of physical distancing.
Ardern said she was aware of people congregating outside establishments with officials reaching out to businesses to help them stop such congregation.
The government noted that businesses who do not comply with Level 3 rules would be closed.
“For the most part New Zealanders got it right,” commented Dr Ashley Bloomfield, who said that there are some areas that need ironing out.
“The number one rule of Alert Level 3 remains the same: stay home, save lives.”