New Zealand on COVID-19 alert Level 3

23 March 2020


Prime Minister Jacinda Adern recently announced that New Zealand’s COVID-19 response has risen to alert Level 3 (Restrict) and will be lifted to alert Level 4 (Eliminate) in 48 hours.

The announcement was made as the number of confirmed cases rising to 102 as of Monday 23 March, with health officials warning community transmission is likely. Most cases are linked to recent overseas travel.

Alert level 3 means there is a risk of the potentially deadly virus not being contained and there will either be community transmission of the virus or multiple clusters breaking out.

What does alert Level 3 mean for you?

  • Essential services will be open
  • Limited travel is now in place in areas with clusters of Covid-19 cases
  • Affected educational facilities are now closed
  • Mass gatherings are cancelled
  • Public venues are closed (such as libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, amusement parks), and non-essential businesses are closed
  • Primary care consultations  will now be non face-to-face, with non-elective services and procedures in hospitals deferred.

Everyone outside essential services are urged to stay at home and stop interaction with people outside of the household.

After the next 48 hours when Level 4 is activated, people are required to stay at home, schools and universities will be closed, as will non-essential businesses, there will be major reprioritisation of health services, and severely limited travel restrictions.

What does alert Level 4 mean for you?

Schools and non-essential services across New Zealand will be closed for at least the next four weeks after the Government places the country into a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

  • Takeaway services must close their doors
  • All indoor and outdoor events cannot proceed
  • Schools will be closed from Tuesday 24 March except to the children of essential services
  • Schools will close entirely from midnight Wednesday
  • People must work from home so contact with others is limited
  • Public transport will begin to transition over the next 48 hours. It will remain for essential workers and transporting freight only.

We encourage our Pacific families to stay at home, be mindful of health hygiene and take care of one another.

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