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Auckland’s Mayor Phil Goff says the government’s decision to keep Auckland at COVID-19 Alert Level 2, with additional restrictions, ‘is the right one’ and asks Aucklanders to continue following the rules so the city can return to Alert Level 1 as soon as it is possible to do so.
“Aucklanders can be proud of the success we have had so far in constraining the second outbreak of COVID-19, and I thank them for the sacrifices they have made to achieve that,” he said.
Goff explains that it’s ‘crucial that we stay the course’ – even though Aucklanders are looking forward to the move from ‘Alert Level 2.5’ to Alert Level 1.
“The last thing we want is to move too early and risk a further resurgence of the virus.”
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The COVID Tracer app by the Ministry of Health is encouraged by the Mayor to ensure crack-downs on any potential spread of COVID-19 can be contained as fast as possible; preventing hundreds of others becoming infected by the virus.
“I urge everyone to continue following the rules: wear a mask when on public transport and in other situations where physical distancing is difficult, keep up with good hygiene practices like hand-washing, and track your movements with the NZ COVID Tracer app.”
He says that other lockdowns, if people do not follow the rules, will risk damage to businesses financially and the economy for Auckland City. Vulnerable communities are at greater risk, so following the rules is the best choice for recovery.
“Doing so will keep yourself and others safe, and will help get us back to Level 1, with the extra freedoms and resumption of business activity that entails,” said Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.
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