Alert Level 4 means staying home, staying away from others, and staying safe

Two days into Alert Level 4 and Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management is reminding everyone of the importance of self-isolation and what staying at home means.

“We are seeing many offers of personal help and assistance, and we want to acknowledge the outpouring of concern and support that the community has shown, particularly to those in our community who may need help,” says Sven Hanne, Taranaki Civil Defence and Emergency Management deputy controller.

“But as we are now in Alert Level 4, it is so important that everyone stays home, and that people only make physical contact with those that they live with.”

“Only businesses that are essential may remain open during the Level 4 Alert period. If a business isn’t sure if it provides services or products which qualify as essential, it should close or seek assistance from the Government by phoning 0508 377 388 or by emailing essential@mbie.govt.nz.”

“Similarly, if you are coordinating informal volunteering groups that require physical mobilisation or provide a service to others that isn’t a certified essential service, you should stop.”

“We also ask people to minimise travel outside the home as much as they can. If people do leave home, we ask that they question whether their trip is needed. Does it have a purpose? If not, it is advisable to stay at home.”

Government advice is that people can drop off groceries to vulnerable friends or family members e.g. a grandma, or neighbours but remember to keep a 2 metre distance for their safety.

It remains critical for our mental health that we continue to check in on friends, neighbours, and whānau, but we can no longer do this over a cup of tea or a visit.

“Instead, we urge people to pick up the phone, drop a letter in the mailbox, email, or where possible use online tools to communicate safely.”

“We know this is a big ask, particularly as Taranaki is a very caring and connected community, but effective and sustained isolation is essential if we are all to play our part in eradicating COVID-19,” says Sven.

The most up to date information on COVID-19 is on www.covid19.govt.nz(external link).

For all Ministry of Health updates visit www.health.govt.nz/covid-19(external link) and for Taranaki DHB updates visit www.tdhb.org.nz(external link).

For the latest Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management updates, visit our website www.cdemtaranaki.govt.nz and Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Facebook page(external link)

For information on what constitutes an essential service, visit: https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/essential-businesses/(external link)

For information on the public health measures in place under Alert Level 4, visit: https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/(external link)