Alert Level 3 restrictions announced

Alert level 4 restrictions are still in place until Thursday 23 April at least – whether the level may change then will be announced on Monday 20 April.

When we drop to Alert Level 3 (and level changes will be cautious) the new restrictions have been announced.


It is vital that everyone knows we are still under Alert Level 4, and all Alert Level 4 restrictions remain in place.

Under Alert Level Three we will still have significant restrictions on our day-to-day lives. The risk of COVID-19 will have diminished, but not gone away.

If we are successful in controlling COVID-19 under Alert Level 3 we will be able to move down to Alert Level 2, where there are far fewer restrictions.

Personal movement

People must stay within their immediate household bubble, but can expand this to reconnect with close family / whanau, or bring in caregivers, or support isolated people. It’s important to protect your bubble once it’s been extended. Keep your bubble exclusive and only include people where it will keep you and them safe and well. If anyone within your bubble feels unwell, they self-isolate from everyone else within your bubble.

Examples to help explain these measures

If a relative or loved one lives locally, and is currently alone you can extend your bubble to include them. If you are returning to work and need to establish child care or other care arrangements for those already in your bubble, a care provider can join your bubble.

What is a bubble?

A bubble is your household – the people you live with. Under Alert Level 3, you can slightly extend your bubble. For example, you can bring in a caregiver you might need, or children who might be in shared care. Or, if you are living alone, or a couple who wants the company of another one or two people. These people do not need to live in the same household, but must be local. Always keep your bubble exclusive, and keep it small.

Workers and businesses

Most, but not all businesses can start to open under Alert Level 3. They must take health measures to keep their workers safe.

  • Workers must work from home if they can
  • Workplaces must operate safely – keeping one metre between workers, recording who is working together, limiting interaction between groups of workers, disinfecting surfaces, and maintaining high hygiene standards
  • Retail and hospitality businesses can only open for delivery and contactless pre-ordered pick up – customers cannot enter stores
  • Supermarkets, dairies and petrol stations can continue to allow customers into their stores, with the same restrictions and measures in place as Alert Level 4
  • Businesses cannot offer services which involve face-to-face contact or sustained close contact (e.g. hairdressing, massage, house cleaning, or door-to-door salespeople)
  • Other in home services can be delivered if it is safe to do so (like tradespeople for repairs or installations) – keep two metre separation from those in the house
  • Most workers will not require PPE to stay safe at work. Incorrectly used PPE can create more risk. Good hygiene measures like hand washing with soap and water, physical distancing, sneeze and cough etiquette, and wiping down surfaces is the best defence against COVID-19.

More detailed guidance for sectors will be made over the coming days.

Examples to help explain these measures

If you run a takeaway business, you can reopen it if you have pre-ordered contactless pick up, or can do home delivery.

A real estate agent can open, but people should work from home if they can. The agent can enter peoples homes, but not have customers in the office. You cannot run an open home. Construction businesses can start work again but strict hygiene measures must be put in place – and office staff who can work from home should do so.

When will businesses that involve close personal contact be allowed to open?

Right now, the risk of transmission from people providing services that require close personal contact (e.g. hairdressers, manicurists, beauticians, domestic cleaners, personal trainers, gymnasiums) is too great. These businesses can resume under Alert Level 2, with appropriate health measures in place.

Recreation

The most important principals here are to stay close to home, stay two metres away from people not in your bubble, and don’t do activity that could get you hurt and require medical care or rescuing (putting essential workers at risk).

You can do activities that are local, which you can do safely, and which do not involve interacting with other people, or equipment touched by other people. You should go to your nearest beach or park, not your favourite one. Staying overnight at a bach or holiday home is not permitted.

(Jacinda Ardern said no motorised recreation like boats, but swimming and surfing is ok).

Education

Under Alert Level 3 it will be safe for Early Learning / Education Centres and schools to open for children up to and including year 10, with appropriate public health measures in place. All young people in years 11-13 will continue to learn at home.

Physical attendance at school is voluntary, but all children not at school should be learning by distance. Schools will be a safe place for children to go to learn if their parents need to return to work, or the children cannot learn at a distance. Children who are able to, should remain home and learn via distance.

Most tertiary education will be through distance learning. Tertiary education facilities may open for limited activities involving small stable groups (up to 10 people who do not change). Campus research that can’t be done off campus such as lab work, and practical hands on learning, such as trades courses, where the learning can happen in small groups with appropriate physical distancing. Courses where close contact is unavoidable will remain online only.

Travel and transport

Travel is still restricted, and is only allowed for permitted movement in your local area – e.g. for going to work or school, shopping, or getting exercise.

Public transport will still be available. You can use it to travel to work or school, but be aware there will be limited capacity. You should sit 2 metres away from other people on public transport.

Regional travel is allowed for permitted movement, with some exceptions – our Alert Level 3 table [PDF, 1.5 MB] has more detail.

Other travel should not be undertaken. The risk of transmitting the disease is too high. This is not a time to take a holiday, travel between regions to celebrate birthdays or travel from one side of a city to the other to go to a supermarket when there is a suitable one in your local area.

Gatherings

Gatherings prevent a very high risk of transmitting COVID-19, and acceptable gatherings are very limited. Up to 10 people can gather for:

  • Funerals and tangihanga
  • Wedding ceremonies (not receptions).

Examples to help explain these measures

For those holding a wedding ceremony, the limit means there can only be the couple, the celebrant, a couple of witnesses and family. Most people will still need to attend through video conferencing. Those who do attend must keep themselves and others safe. Keep a list of those who attend, stay at least 2 meters apart and wash hands regularly.


The above is edited. Full details: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-3/

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/alert-level-3-restrictions-announced

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64 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  16th April 2020

    A lot of sense, still a lot of nonsense. Most of the sensible could happen immediately. It’s just absurd that 2m indoors is regarded as safe as 2m outdoors. It isn’t. Air con is dangerous. Schools are very dangerous. Travel within a bubble is not dangerous.

    Winston busy grabbing the good news limelight ahead of Jacinda. Will claim credit for pushing her.

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    • I thought Winston was being a bit cheeky with that attention seeking, and he also had a swipe at WHO, but I guess he can say what he likes if he is outside the decision making bubble.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  16th April 2020

      Public transport is dangerous. Cars are not. These officials think we are idiots.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  16th April 2020

        *Quite s lot of us are.

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      • I won’t be going anywhere near public transport for the forseeable future. Yes, private automobubbles are the safest means of transport not matter how far you ravel.

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      • It may not be possible to be 2m apart, but if shops and cafes and libraries are not open, there’s not much point in being on a bus anyway.

        These new restrictions are basically unworkable and are likely to infuriate people who are sick of the current ones.

        Alan, are you tired of being told to make a shopping list as if you wouldn’t know to do this otherwise ?

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        • Blazer

           /  16th April 2020

          try not to be so selfish in the way that you look at things….its for the greater good,quite easy to understand.

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          • Try not to be so unpleasant and nasty and assuming that other people are as nasty as you are. I am thinking of other people. It isn’t always possible to be 2m apart on a bus. There is little point in people going to town when nothing’s open.

            People will be leading very dull and restricted lives in isolation which is bad for their physical and mental health. I fail to see how people being driven to suicide or dying of stress-related illnesses or preventable conditions that can’t be treated because the hospitals are half empty is for the greater good. Nor can I see how a sharp rise in unemployment is a good thing. Perhaps you can enlighten me as to how this works.

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            • Blazer

               /  16th April 2020

              Dying is very bad for your health….too!

            • Given that one in 8025 has this virus and 9 have died, it is nowhere near the number affected by flu (200-230,000 and 5-600 deaths) Or the last SARS which affected 4000 and killed 20. But we didn’t go into lockdown and wreck the economy for that.

              You may not care about the people who are at risk of losing their jobs and houses and dying as a result of the lockdown. I do care about them. I care that a mother couldn’t see her dying son or a young wife her dying husband as we saw on the news a few days ago.

    • Gezza

       /  16th April 2020

      I’ve only had a quick skim read of PG’s post; was up too early, been working flat out round the Manor, & my eyelids suddenly feel like they’ve got weights attached. Power nap time I reckon.

      Good to see some loosening up coming up. My 1st impression though, on quick scan, was that some of these level 3 restrictions seemed rather abitrary, rather than meeting a lowered health & safety need.

      Almost like someone had gone “We have to think of something that’s between level 4 & level 2; otherwise we’ve come up with one level too many.

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    • Gezza

       /  16th April 2020

      Winston busy grabbing the good news limelight ahead of Jacinda. Will claim credit for pushing her.

      What are you talking about ?

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      • Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says the country is likely to come out of lockdown next week.

        Peters has also indicated New Zealand’s borders would remain closed until there was “working vaccine” and has slammed the World Health Organisation.

        Peters told Newstalk ZB on Thursday, “a whole lot” of businesses could reopen next week, as long as they met requirements and guidelines, some of which was expected to be revealed today.

        https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121045060/winston-peters-says-country-expected-to-move-to-level-3-next-week

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        • Gezza

           /  16th April 2020

          Ah … thanks PG.
          (God that Sir Alan’s a lazy blighter of a poster.)
          Sir Gerald

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  16th April 2020

            Always glad not to be of service, Sir Gerald.

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            • Gezza

               /  16th April 2020

              A cad & a bounder sometimes, sirrah.
              sir Gerald

            • Do you bite your thumb at him as they did in Elizabethan times ?

            • Gezza

               /  17th April 2020

              No, I shake my head with sadness & resignation.

              Occasionally it crosses my mind to give him the fingers but as I’d have to send him a video clip for him to see it, it’s not worth the time & effort. I’d rather video wildlife around here.

              Once, I cast a spell to make Mrs Al completely cover the dining room table with knick knacks again, but I don’t know whether it worked.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  17th April 2020

              You seem to have put a spell on my answer too – it disappeared.

  2. How few cases will be enough to reopen the country?

    The cost of wages divided by the number of active cases is massive. We can’t sustain it indefinitely at more than half a billion a week. What is that for each case ?

    How many deaths of people who can’t have hospital treatment because the hospitals are half empty (15 covid cases in them) will be acceptable collateral damage ? How many suicides ditto ?

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    • Duker

       /  16th April 2020

      people die before , during and after hospital treatment. Thats never going to change. Elective surgery only is delayed. Urgent isnt affected.
      Sitting at home waiting is far safer then even being wheeled into theatre, when the surgery can wait.

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      • Alas, it seems that urgent is being redefined. I’d call heart surgery that wasn’t elective urgent.

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      • Pink David

         /  16th April 2020

        “Elective surgery only is delayed.”

        Untrue.

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        • My neighbour may be the only one who was about to go in for heart surgery and told it was off until further notice, but I doubt it.

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        • My neighbour may be the only one who was going in for heart surgery and told at the last minute that it was off until further notice, but I doubt it,

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          • Bugger, how does that happen ?

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            • Duker

               /  16th April 2020

              Thats the definition of elective … whether its in grown toe nails or heart surgery if its booked its elective.
              If there was the slightest chance of dying in this month it would have been done already.
              if hes elderly he should be more afraid of all the complications of hospitals plus a greater chance of catching covid outside of his bubble by going in.

  3. This doesn’t really change anything for me and my bubble.

    I still have to keep working from home because I can, and I’m happy with that – I’d be happier if clients cranked up their business again to give us more work. But generally it’s carry on as usual.

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  4. Zedd

     /  16th April 2020

    It was good to see Jacinda repeat, that it was just an announcement of possible move to Level 3.. NOT that we are about to do so; better safe than SORRY :/

    I would rather stay in lockdown (Lvl 4) for a few more weeks than risk, going back to square #1, by idiots (carriers ?).. rushing out & infecting many more, because they were listening to MrT etc. saying ‘It will just go away & we can now get back to normal’ (paraphrased) 😦

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    • People whose jobs & houses are at stake won’t be too pleased at the thought of being in lockdown indefinitely, and these changes are so small that they won’t make much difference. But if she decides to continue the lockdown, I think she’ll be asking for trouble.

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      • Zedd

         /  16th April 2020

        I dont think Jacinda (or others) are saying ‘indefinitely’.. BUT lets not rush into something we will regret later.. as some folks, do sound like they think is OK ?!

        btw; I do think that many shops, should be able to open, along the same lines as supermarkets.. but I doubt pubs, clubs & restaurants etc. will be able to keep the 2M distance rule & will likely become ‘unintended infection zones’ if they are allowed to resume business too, at level 3

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        • Duker

           /  16th April 2020

          I think its one small shop owner of employee who could infect 100s over a week period before they realise they have it or worse only mild symptoms.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  16th April 2020

            The 2m distance rule is is next to useless if you are sharing air inside anywhere.

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            • Duker

               /  16th April 2020

              So no restrictions are better then…

            • In my only experience outside my home bubble in over three weeks I went for a regular blood test today. There was a security person at the door who let me in the inner door without me having to touch anything. I was told to take a seat and wait – I kept standing, I didn’t want to touch anything I could avoid. But the seats were spaced around the waiting room much less than 2m distance, closer to 1m. There was no one waiting anyway. But one person came out of their cubicle and walked through the middle of the waiting room, it was only practical again to keep about a metre away. No coughs or sneezes or touching so quite safe, but not following the guidelines.

            • Gezza

               /  16th April 2020

              It’s next to impossible to pass someone in our supermarket aisles at 2m, distance, & I ain’t standing 2m behind them waiting for them to select their choice & move on. So I just breeze on thru & get out asap.

              There are usually only about 8 – 10 of us allowed in to be in there shopping at the same time.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  16th April 2020

              It’s ok if you are in motion and the air is being refreshed not circulated. Otherwise it’s just PR and the hope it will discourage people from sneezing and coughing over you but it certainly isn’t safe.

          • Duker

             /  16th April 2020

            “but it certainly isn’t safe.”
            of course it isnt and tracing customers is impossible too

            Oh thats right starving the public isnt a viable opinion either.
            remind again ‘safe’ isnt the criteria, as the country is in total quaratine with the only reason for going outside your bubble is food medicine exercise.
            Safety has nothing to do with it. in current situation

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  16th April 2020

              Goodness you talk rubbish sometimes, Duker. 2m was sold everywhere as the safe social distancing parameter and basically as a substitute for effective masks. Safety has everything to do with the current rules and is the only legal justification for them.

    • Zedd

       /  16th April 2020

      wow: 7 downticks.. Im guessing you all do think MrT is correct.. its not such a big deal & youz wont catch it regardless of where you go or who you mix with ? :/
      >good luck with that..

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  16th April 2020

        8 now, Z, without me but a lot of the present rules are just nanny state for no benefit and lots of cost so they need to change pronto.

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  5. Duker

     /  16th April 2020

    Some people still cant get it , supermarkets werent open because they were bastions of safety and virus free …the only reason was so people could eat. The only reason.
    The level 3 priorities are still around food when it comes to ‘untraceable retail’.

    Work places and so on can open with distancing because they know who works there and who works close to other people. Its called tracing for a reason.

    Just read the bizarre comments of the Du-plessis -Alan- Soper person that why cant Bunnings and hairdressers open. Hairdresser must be screamingly obvious but you some people …theres room up top for dancing

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    • I can see why DIY shops would be seen as essential, but a lot of people think that that hairdressers are. Haven’t they heard of scissors ?

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      • Duker

         /  16th April 2020

        Where are DIY essential at level 3 ?
        You are mistaken ..again They only open for commercial builders.
        Hairdressers get too close to the customer and people sit and touch stuff

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    • David

       /  16th April 2020

      So builders can go back to work but cant go to Bunnings ? You cant click and collect 20 sheets of gib board, you cant deliver to every building site without a month long wait for a bag of nails.
      It makes zero sense but I think Jacinda is enjoying having the power to order people around and have them come begging to her a bit too much, her ladyship may grant your wish if it pleases her. Lets hope she carries on like this because people are a little fed up with school maaming them in her faux condescending tone.

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      • Griff.

         /  17th April 2020

        So builders can go back to work but cant go to Bunnings ? You cant click and collect 20 sheets of gib board, you cant deliver to every building site without a month long wait for a bag of nails.

        Once it opens up go hang in a trade hardware store most traffic is buying tools or doing small jobs and DYI. Few builders go and pick up stuff that often it is simply not worth the cost in time when carters itm placemakers etc will run it out for free for bigger accounts.
        All the required materials and hardware usually gets delivered just in time on a house build. The office team cost all the hardware for the quotes and order the required amounts to be delivered as it is required in the build schedule .
        Same goes for sparkys drain layers and plumbers .

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  6. David

     /  16th April 2020

    I hope she has got the contact tracing system up and running properly and it runs a damn sight better than at the moment.
    She also needs to stop worrying about privacy because its counter productive, if you have a new case you need to immediately announce where and when the person was so others are forewarned and can get in touch with healthline. At the moment we are relying on the slow cumbersome task of an individual having to remember a lot of detail but by expanding that you will be less likely to miss a contact.

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    • Duker

       /  16th April 2020

      So thats the PMs job , to organise a call centre ?
      Where did you learn this information about what and how to do it ?

      A hot air balloon trip?

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      • David

         /  16th April 2020

        Of course its her job to make sure these things are done. She has made herself lord almighty and with great power comes great responsibility. Buck stops with her, cant praise her actions and ignore failings.

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        • duperez

           /  16th April 2020

          She has made herself lord almighty? You mean the same as every Prime Minister?

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  7. Police Minister Stuart Nash tells Checkpoint says level 3 means you will be able to see family or a caregiver, but not catch up with your mates for beers.

    He tells Checkpoint people will be able to move house.

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  8. This morning the Ministry of Health undertook targeted sentinel testing in Queenstown. 300 people were tested for COVID-19 at a supermarket. This will help build a picture of whether there is any community spread in the area. Similar testing will be undertaken in several other centres.

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    • Pink David

       /  16th April 2020

      Well, better late than never.

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      • Duker

         /  16th April 2020

        Hindsight again .
        You can only do this when the daily cases are falling

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        • Pink David

           /  16th April 2020

          Baseline testing should have been the first action, as said on this site weeks ago..
          Without it you are totally blind. There is no reason it cannot be done first.

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          • Duker

             /  16th April 2020

            You arent an expert …you cant even risk manage your business

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  16th April 2020

              Don’t be stupid, Duker. You wouldn’t have a clue about his business, it’s irrelevant and there is no need at all to hold random testing till past the peak.

            • Duker

               /  16th April 2020

              This will only tell us , again using modelling, that we are no where near herd immunity and the lockdown has to continue as any major relaxation will get numbers climb again as quick as they were last month.
              https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/01/europe/iceland-testing-coronavirus-intl/index.html
              Iceland which has had a higher infection rate than NZ has 1% of those tested positive – they had to have no symptoms before testing.

              I bet we will be well under 1%. Herd immunity doesnt happen till 50-60%.
              Unless we catch all cases , we will have a second winter infection wave with a loosened lockdown
              “The work has also helped researchers to visualize the spread of the virus. “We can determine the geographic origin of the virus in every single [virus] in Iceland,” he said, adding there are specific, minor mutations for the virus that came from Italy, Austria and the UK. “There was one that is specific to the west coast of the United States,” he added.”

              Iceland they are looking deeper to see if there are specific genetic reasons some people only have mild symptoms. Some have raised the BCG vaccine used here in the 60s and 70s which may have protected the population, but we dont know.
              of course we were summer here at the start while other countries were winter and are very hard hit. Deaths rise much higher over winter for cardio- vascular diseases , a bigger effect than winter flu and they may not have helped , pushing more people into the serious illness category

            • Duker

               /  16th April 2020

              “You wouldn’t have a clue about his business, it’s irrelevant”

              he has described it in vague terms, staff visit customers at home [maybe something like home ventilation installs , like that but maybe not that product] , there is a $1 mill plus dividend. his wife has something to do with shipping.
              And its relevant because the solutions he wants are to serve his narrow interests.

            • Pink David

               /  16th April 2020

              “You arent an expert …you cant even risk manage your business”

              The risk management plan is a reduction in pays across the board, with the most senior staff taking the biggest cuts (my salary is cut by 60% and I’m not even in NZ, this is to support the NZ office). We are also slowly restructuring to a much reduced size to reflect the workload we will have for the rest of the year

              That means job losses and of a significant number. I hate having to do that, making people redundant in current environment will mean they are unlikely to have work for the next 1-2 years. Everyone in the industry is following this same path.

              All caused by a lockdown that has no scientific bases driven by fear and ignorance.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  17th April 2020

              The Iceland study is hard to interpret because it implies it is catching people just before they have symptoms and not later so it wouldn’t show people who recovered from the virus asymptomatically. And it isn’t clear whether those with no symptoms went on to develop symptoms or not. A poor write up with those critical omissions.

          • Pink David

             /  16th April 2020

            “he has described it in vague terms, staff visit customers at home [maybe something like home ventilation installs , like that but maybe not that product] , there is a $1 mill plus dividend. his wife has something to do with shipping.”

            It’s an engineering, construction and environmental consultancy. Operates in 6 countries and employees more than 200 in NZ.

            I’m not married.

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