As New Zealand woke up in Alert Level 3 this morning, a number of restrictions remain in place across Taranaki to continue the fight against COVID-19.
Taranaki Civil Defence Taranaki Group Controller Craig Campbell-Smart said barriers will continue to be in place at public car parks, and boat ramps will remain closed.
“The decision was made in conjunction with local councils and police that barriers will remain in place regional wide for vehicular access to reserves and car parks under Level 3. This prevents gatherings, freedom camping and prohibited activities from taking place.”
This is authorised by Controller powers under the State of National Emergency and the Government's guidelines on recreational activities do not override this directive.
“There are still restrictions on boating, yachting and team sports. Surfing, tramping and onshore fishing are now able to take place. However, we understand the continued barriers will prove an inconvenience,” Campbell-Smart said.
“We need to balance our good work in Taranaki and keeping these areas closed reduces the risk of congregation to eliminate the virus. This also helps out police to stop antisocial behaviour that can arise in these more out-of-the-way locations.”
Under Level 3, parts of the economy can open safely and household bubbles can expand to reconnect with close family, bring in caregivers or support isolated people.
However, people should keep their bubbles exclusive and if anyone within it feels unwell, they should self-isolate from everyone else within the household.
The most up to date information on COVID-19 is on www.covid19.govt.nz(external link).
For the latest Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management updates, visit our website www.cdemtaranaki.govt.nz(external link) and Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Facebook page(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)
Authorised by: Craig Campbell-Smart, CDEM Group Controller.
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