COVID-19 UPDATE: NZ ON ALERT LEVEL THREE

Parliament House Beehive Bowen House Wellington New Zealand

New Zealand has been lifted to alert level three with alert level four in 48 hours.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that staying home is essential. All non-essential businesses must close in 48 hours. This includes bars, restaurants, cinemas and playgrounds. Essential services will remain open.

Alert Level Three – Restrict. There’s a heightened risk the disease is not contained.

RISK ASSESSMENT:

  • Community transmission occurring or
  • Multiple clusters break out

RANGE OF MEASURES:

  • Travel in areas with clusters or community transmission limited
  • Affected educational facilities closed
  • Mass gatherings cancelled
  • Public venues closed (ie: libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, amusement parks)
  • Alternative ways of working required and some non-essential businesses should close
  • Non face-to-face primary care consultations
  • Non acute (elective) services and procedures in hospitals deferred and healthcare staff re-prioritised

Alert Level Four – Eliminate. It’s likely that the disease is not contained.

RISK ASSESSMENT:

  • Sustained and intensive transmission
  • Widespread outbreaks

RANGE OF MEASURES:

  • People instructed to stay at home
  • Educational facilities closed
  • Businesses closed except for essential services (ie: supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics and lifeline utilities)
  • Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities
  • Travel severely limited
  • Major reprioritisation of health services

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