Following the Prime Minister's announcement, Taranaki will move to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm this Tuesday, 7 September.
The rest of New Zealand will also move to Alert Level 2 at this time, except for Auckland which will remain at Alert Level 4 until further notice.
Taranaki Emergency Management Group Manager Todd Velvin says while the move to Alert Level 2 is welcome news, it’s still important that we all continue to do our bit to keep Covid-19 out of our communities.
“At Alert Level 2 there is still a possibility that the virus can re-emerge, particularly with the highly infectious Delta strain.
“So it’s really important that we maintain the good habits we have built up over this lockdown period.
“Keeping up good hygiene, wearing a mask in close contact areas, scanning, and staying home and getting tested if you feel sick are just some of the simple, everyday things we can all do to keep safe.
“It’s important that if you are feeling unwell, you get a test to be sure(external link), particularly as inter-regional travel starts up again,” says Todd.
The government has brought in additional public health guidelines for Alert Level 2. These include a limit of 50 people for indoor gatherings and 100 for outdoor gatherings, mandatory mask-wearing in indoor spaces, and mandatory scanning or record keeping by individuals and businesses.
More Covid-19 vaccination centres are operating in Taranaki, and vaccines are open to all New Zealanders over 12 years of age. All New Zealanders over the age of 12 can book their free vaccine now at bookmyvaccine.nz(external link)
More official information on Alert Level 2 guidelines for the public and for businesses is on the covid19.govt.nz(external link) website.