COVID-19 Alert Levels Update

New Zealand will remain at the existing Alert Levels until this Sunday

Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 until 11:59pm on 30 August 2020. The rest of the country will remain at Alert Level 2.

After this date, all of New Zealand will be at Alert Level 2 for 1 week, and settings will be reviewed again before Sunday 6 September 2020.

Regional travel

After 30 August, the Auckland checkpoints will go, and inter-regional travel will be possible again.

This brings the risk of Aucklanders who may be infected spreading the virus to other parts of the country, or visitors to Auckland picking up the virus and taking it home.

Therefore, we are asking those in Auckland in particular to exercise common sense and caution. Don’t travel just because you can. If you do travel, take precautions.

Restrictions on gatherings in Auckland under Alert Level 2

Outside Auckland, gatherings such as church services and social events will continue to be limited to 100 people.

Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport

From 11.59pm on 30 August New Zealanders will have to wear a mask or face covering on buses, trains, ferries, planes, taxis and Ubers.

We continue to encourage physical distancing in addition to requiring face coverings. Wear a face covering, follow the directions of drivers and sit where the stickers and posters on-board tell you to.

QR codes are mandatory for all businesses and services

The display of QR codes is now mandatory for businesses and other venues at all Alert Levels.

A separate QR poster is needed for each unique location. Each location must display their poster in either a prominent place or near main entrances.

Click here to get your QR code poster

Getting tested for Covid-19

If you are sick call your GP or Healthline on 0800 3585453.

If you are asked, please get tested at the Whanganui Hospital campus community-based assessment centre (CBAC) or at your GP.

If you have flu-like symptoms, a cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing or loss of sense of smell, you should be tested for Covid-19 at the community-based assessment centre (CBAC) on the Whanganui Hospital campus.

CBAC opening hours

The community-based assessment centre (CBAC) on the Whanganui hospital campus is open 8am to 5pm on Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

This is a drive-in/walk-in service. There is no charge and no need for an appointment.

For after hours service, call Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM) on 06 3481300.

Getting tested at your GP practice

If you are visiting your general practice and it’s more convenient to be assessed there, this is also an option. Please contact them. General practices (GPs) in Raetihi, Taihape, Bulls and Marton can assess their rural communities – please ring first.

For more information about the Whanganui CBAC, click here

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