All of NZ in Alert Level 4 – What You Need to Know

PM Jacinda Ardern announces the country will go into lockdown at midnight after an Auckland man tested positive.

This will be for at least three days, although Auckland and the Coromandel are likely to be there for seven days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Th 58-year-old man from Auckland travelled to Coromandel on the weekend. He was infectious from Thursday.

What you need to know 
* The entire country will move into alert level 4 from 11.59pm tonight.
* Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula will be in this level for 7 days, the rest of the country will be in it for three days.
* People away from home will have 48 hours to return.
* It’s a 58-year-old man from Auckland who travelled to Coromandel on the weekend. He was infectious from Thursday.
23 locations of interest have been identified – 13 in the Coromandel region, 10 in Auckland.
* No links have been established to the border or MIQ yet and the variant is yet to be confirmed.
* Health officials are investigating the case and interviewing them for contact tracing purposes.
Locations of interest:

* Star and Garter Hotel Coromandel on August 13 from 6.39pm to 7.40pm
* Umu Cafe Coromandel on August 13 from 7.40pm to 8.30pm
* BP Gas Station Coromandel on August 14 from 9.30am to 9.40am
* Driving Creek Railway Tours Coromandel on August 14 from 10.30am to 10.50am
* Jacks Cafe and Bar Coromandel on August 14 from 10.50am to 11.30am
* Hereford ‘n’ a Pickle Coromandel on August 14 from 1.25pm to 2.15pm
* Taras Beads Coromandel on August 14 from 3pm to 3.10pm
* Richardsons Real Estate Coromandel on August 14 from 3.30pm to 3.35pm
* Umu Cafe Coromandel on August 14 from 6.17pm to 7.11pm
* Star and Garter Hotel Coromandel on August 14 from 7.11pm to 9pm.

Alert Levels

There are some things that are required across all alert levels, including wearing masks on public transport and on domestic flights, practising good hygiene and keeping a safe distance from people when out in public. People are always encouraged to use the Covid-19 tracer app, or keep track of where they have been.

There are also some big differences, and the following is an explanation of what is involved in the different levels.

Level 4

Level 4 means Covid-19 is not contained in New Zealand and there is a risk it is spreading in the community.

People must stay at home in their bubble unless for essential movement, including for essential work, to go to the supermarket, clinics and pharmacies, for example.

All businesses must close except for essential services, including those mentioned above, petrol stations and lifeline utilities. Travel is severely restricted.

People can exercise in their local community, but playgrounds are off-limits. All gatherings are cancelled, educational facilities and public venues are closed.

Ministry of Health says in alert level 4 supplies may be rationed and health services reprioritised.

People are advised to get tested if they have symptoms or have been at a location of interest, and keep a safe distance from others.

Level 3

At level 3, people must stay within their household bubble whenever they are not at work or school. The bubble can expand to include close family and whānau, caregivers and support isolated people.

People must keep 2m away from others in public and 1m in schools and workplaces.

People can travel locally, for example going to work or school, shopping, or getting exercise.

Woman using public transport during Covid-19 crisis wearing face mask.

People must wear masks on public transport at all alert levels Photo: 123RF

Travel between regions is restricted, but people can apply for an exemption in special circumstances.

Gatherings are also restricted and allowed only for weddings, funerals and tangihanga and limited to 10 people. All public venues are closed.

Staff must work from home if they can, and businesses can only open to the public if they are contactless. Staff must be 1m apart.

Children and young people must study from home, but can go to school or educational facilities if there is no supervision at home.

Level 2

In level 2, borders remain closed to most travellers, but people can travel locally. Gatherings, including weddings, civil union ceremonies, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga are limited to 100.

People can exercise if they can do so safely, and businesses can open, but must follow public health rules. All early learning services, schools, kura and tertiary education facilities are open.

Older people and those at higher risk are advised to take extra precautions.

Level 1

Life is relatively normal in level 1, but there are obvious reminders that isn’t the case for the rest of the world.

Controls at the border remain, people are advised to stay home if unwell, call Healthline if they have symptoms to see if they need to be tested, and wear masks on all public transport and domestic flights.

People are encouraged to practice good hygiene, socially distance from people they don’t know and keep track of where they have been using the Covid tracer app, but data shows the use of the app has been ‘abysmal’.