Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that the country is being moved up to alert level 4 as of midnight on the 25 March 2020 as we battle to contain the virus that has swept over the globe. Here's what will be changing and what you need to know.
We'll keep this updated as anything changes, whilst correct at the time of writing as things are moving so fast you can also check the Government's Covid 19 site.
Should You Stay Home?
The advice from the Prime Minister is that unless essential, you should be staying at home and avoiding contact with others.
What Will Be Closed?
- Hot food delivery services such as UberEats, DeliverEasy, McDonald's etc
- Indoor places of worship
- Indoor and outdoor sporting venues
What Will Still Be Open?
Businesses that are declared as "essential services" will remain open, they include the following:
- Vets and the SPCA
- Self service laundrettes (two-metre physical distancing)
- Petrol Stations
- Dairies (on a one in-one out basis)
- Freight and logistics businesses
- Food delivery services (of uncooked food only)
- "Big box" retailers like Bunnings, Placemakers and Mitre 10 (open to trade only)
How Long Will The Lockdown Last?
In a press conference on Monday, the Prime Minister declared that New Zealanders must expect the level 4 restrictions to remain in at least four weeks.
"I have a very keen sense of the magnitude of this moment in New Zealand's history and we did not take this decision lightly. But we all absolutely believe this is the right thing to do. We will save lives by taking these measures now."
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