As New Zealand transitions into Alert Level 3, Taranaki should not be complacent, according to Taranaki Civil Defence Controller Sue Kelly.
Yesterday the region picked up its 16th case today and one yesterday after not having one since April 1 – a reminder there is still a risk to the community.
“With this recent case, this virus can be unpredictable. As we move into Level 3, Taranaki people need to keep to their immediate household bubble, reduce travel and maintain social distancing with others in public,” says Kelly.
Kelly has also encouraged people, who are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, to get tested immediately.
“Even the mild symptoms should be tested as soon as possible. Cases will remain confidential and we should be supporting those who have been tested positive for the virus.”
Level 3 commences at 11:59pm on Monday night. Most people will be returning to work or school this week with options for recreation have widened but restrictions remain the same.
“With many people out and about under Level 3, the risk of community transmission will increase. There is a lot at stake and everyone needs to take care and be patient,” she said.
If you’re out in a public space and it becomes too crowded to maintain the 2m physical separation from others, you need to consider leaving.
“People should not be congregating at Level 3, and no gatherings are allowed, except
under very limited circumstances,” she says.
If you’re itching for a fast-food fix, be aware that others will be as well, and that fast-food outlets may need time to stock up and gear up.
“Please drive carefully – there will be more traffic and people about. Please keep social distancing and be patient,” says Kelly.
For information on the public health measures in place under Alert Level 4, click here.(external link)