The important rules to follow as New Zealand locks down for 4 weeks

The important rules to follow as New Zealand locks down for 4 weeks

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Earlier in the week, Jacinda Ardern had announced a new alert level system for New Zealand to help fight against the COVID-19 war. The alert levels were put in place to minimalize the spread of Coronavirus as much as possible to prevent more deaths from occurring. As it was announced, the whole of New Zealand was put at a level two. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that New Zealand was at a Covid-19 alert level 3 rising to alert level 4 on Wednesday at 11:59 pm, lasting up to a month or longer if need be.

It comes as the number of affirmed cases in the country rose to 155, with 40 new cases and two past other being treated as community transmission affirmed on 24th March 2020 from a Ministry of Health press conference.

Schools and non-essential businesses across New Zealand closed on Tuesday 24th March 2020; as a significant aspect of the measures as the Government on Monday had placed the country in lockdown to attempt to stop the spread of Coronavirus. 


Alert level 3

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from this point forward, implies there is a danger of the conceivably lethal infection not being contained, with either network transmission of the virus or numerous groups breaking out. 


Alert level 4

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which come into power at 11.59 pm on Wednesday – implies the illness isn’t contained and there is a danger of across the board flare-ups. Limitations mean individuals need to remain at home, schools and colleges will be shut, just as unnecessary organizations, significant reprioritization of health services, air flight travel and, public transport, will only be for essential services.

Essential services/businesses will be open at all alert levels, previously alert level 3 methods restricted travel in zones with bunches of Covid-19 cases, influenced instructive offices shut, mass social affairs dropped, open scenes shut, (for example, libraries, exhibition halls, films, nourishment courts, rec centres, pools, event congregations), some superfluous organizations shut, and non vis-à-vis essential consideration conferences, with non-elective administrations and strategies in emergency clinics conceded. 

“All indoor and outside occasions can’t continue,” Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. 

“To put it plainly, we are generally now getting ready as a country to go into self-separation/isolation; similarly, we have seen different nations do. Remaining at home is basic.” — While in ready level 4, Ardern said contact following would proceed and testing would go on “at pace” to discover where cases are. On the off chance that we flush out cases; we as of now have, and hinder transmission, zones could move out of level 4, she said. 

Network/community transmission made some slack memories, and these measures would be set up for in any event a month, she said. She rehashed that drug store items will, at present, be accessible, and grocery stores would remain open. Work environments currently needed to change, while fundamental administrations required to guarantee a 2m physical separation between individuals. Schools closed on Tuesday, aside from those individuals who work in essential administrations with kids at schools. 

All schools would close from Wednesday, Jacinda Ardern said. (not long before Wednesday all schools had shut down on Tuesday amid Coronavirus fears,) 

Every single New Zealander not an essential administrations are presently being approached to remain at home, yet going out for practice or a walk was still permitted.  

“It must be lone,” she stated and being outside intended to keep a 2m good ways from others. 

Until Wednesday, New Zealand was put at an alarming level 3. 

Wellbeing administrations, crisis administrations, utilities and merchandise transport, and other essential administrations are required to stay ready for action at all stages. Individuals will even now have the option to go to the store, fill their vehicle at fuel stations and gather medication from drug stores. 

Seeing a relative for lunch or spending time with companions would chance saving New Zealand at level 4 for the most part, Jacinda Ardern mentioned. 

Without these measures, up to countless individuals could kick the bucket, as per clinical displaying considered by Cabinet today. 

“The direst outcome imaginable is excruciating, 

I trust that you are all with me on that choice” Jacinda Ardern said.

It would be the worst death toll to a separate occasion in New Zealand’s history. 

Ardern said the Government had done everything it could to forestall the spread of Covid-19, and now the Government was asking New Zealand open to doing likewise. 

The measures would hit the economy hard, yet they were vital to help fight Coronavirus in New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern said.



  • Dairies can remain open, with a one-in-one-out rule, and cannot sell cooked food.

  • Food delivery is prohibited, except meals-on-wheels and whole food delivery (eg subscription food boxes).

  • Every restaurant, café and bar must close all aspects of their operation.

  • Liquor stores must close, unless they are within Licensing Trust areas (in which case they can operate with a one-in-one-out rule).

  • Self-service laundries can stay open, with two meter physical distancing to be enforced.

  • Retirement villages are included as an essential service.

  • The Warehouse must close.

  • Bunnings, Placemakers, Mitre 10 and other retailers essential to the supply chain for building and construction can stay open to trade customers for essential purposes only.

  • The Tiwai Point smelter is exempt from closure.

  • NZ Steel is to shut down in a way that allows for production to recommence easily.

  • Pulp and paper plants are to shut down their non-essential elements in a way that allows for production to recommence easily, and while maintaining essential production.

  • Methanex can remain in production, but at a scale consistent with the stability of gas supply.

“Only the businesses essential to ensure the necessities of life, like supermarkets and pharmacies, can stay open. If in doubt, the business premises should be closed,” said Paul Stocks, deputy CEO at MBIE, in a statement on Tuesday evening.

“So, unfortunately, the Warehouse needs to close its shops. Leaving them open to the general public creates too high a risk of further spreading the virus.”

Stocks said “big box” retailers like Bunnings, Placemakers and Mitre 10 can stay open to trade customers for essential purposes only.

“These retailers play an important part in the construction supply chain, but they cannot sell goods to the general public.”

Businesses that are a critical part of the supply chain for essential services are also able to continue operating but must do so in a safe way.

“For example, if you make chemicals that are needed for our wastewater plants, then we need you to keep operating at the minimum level required.”

Dairies can continue to operate but must observe strict physical distancing rules for customers.

“Dairies provide essential food items like bread and milk to people close to where they live, especially the elderly who may not be able to get to a supermarket. However, they will need to operate a strict ‘one-in-one-out’ policy, and they won’t be allowed to sell food prepared on the premises.

“If any dairy breaks the rules, we will shut it down. If there is evidence of systemic abuse, we will remove them from the list of the essential services.

“Food delivery services like Uber Eats and Deliver Easy pose a risk to human health. We cannot guarantee every kitchen operates strict food preparation controls or that everyone who works in a kitchen is well. Evidence overseas suggests the virus has been spread via poor food hygiene practices, so it’s a real risk we have to eliminate.

“For clarity, every restaurant, café and bar must close all aspects of their operation, including delivery.

Delivery of food that is not pre-cooked will be allowed under strict health conditions. Many New Zealanders now receive their cuisine via a delivery company and are in effect no different to a supermarket delivery option.

Most people can purchase alcohol at supermarkets. On that basis, liquor stores are being treated as other non-essential retail outlets and must close. The only exception to this is Licencing Trust Areas where there is nowhere else to purchase alcohol. These stores must operate a ‘one-in-one-out’ policy.

“We are doing further work on online ordering of non-food products for home delivery to see if this type of retail can be conducted safely. We will update advice on this once further decisions are made.

Covid-19 alert level 4 is not business as usual and means there will be significant restrictions on what New Zealanders are able to purchase. However, these changes are essential to stop the spread of the virus.

“We are ready to change the list if necessary. If we discover there are essential services that have not been made available, we will react to that as we go.”

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