Alert level 1 – no restrictions apart from strict border controls

Under ongoing pressure over no decision to move to Covid Alert Level; 1 until next week despite over a month (34 days) of no community transmission and no new cases fro twelve days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced what Level 1 restrictions will look like when we do change levels.

There will be very little inn the way of personal or business restrictions within the country, but strict border controls and testing will stay in place. The obvious aim is to allow people, communities, businesses that haven’t shut down and employees who haven’t lost their jobs to get back to more or less life as normal, while trying to stop Covid from being reintroduced to the country via incoming travellers.

Unless there’s a significant return of cases it looks likely a level 1 announcement will be made next Monday and we will change on Wednesday night.

With virtually no Covid for nearly two weeks many people have more or less moved on from being restricted now anyway.

Businesses are still supposed to be adhering to strict number limits, social distancing and precautions. From what I’ve seen over the last week taverns and shops have hand cleaner, sign in sheets and procedures in place, but are fairly loose in some of their application of restrictions.

A big change will be to sport, with events allowed top proceed with unlimited spectators.

Today, Government agreed to what life at Alert Level 1 will look like for New Zealand and New Zealanders.

Alert Level 1 sees everyone being able to return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.

Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14-day managed quarantine or isolation.

It’s also important that we keep the basic hygiene measures that worked so well through higher Alert Levels going. These include washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow. Remember to remain vigilant and being aware of physical distancing when out and about amongst strangers is a good habit to keep.

We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required. Businesses should assist customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the Ministry of Health QR code.

This will be our new normal but, while we do return to pre-COVID life, we must remember we remain in a global pandemic.

Cabinet will decide on Monday 8 June whether and when to move to Alert Level 1.  Until then, Alert Level 2 measures apply.

The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.


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  1. David

     /  4th June 2020

    With no new cases since forever why cant life just go back to normal. Dont see the need for any restrictions except at the border.
    We will have restrictions imposed by the state that very few comply with, it’s not a good way of governing.

    • Gezza

       /  4th June 2020

      Ardern & Bloomfield have been caught out & photographed not observing their social distancing rules. They clearly exercised their own judgement & common sense & everybody else will now be doing the same.

      • It’s a very bad look when the PM tells everyone else to observe these rules and has had pubs closed down for not doing so…and is breaking them herself.

        It’s worse than a bad look that she was refusing to let a mother visit her dying son as well as all the other cases like this while she was posing for photos in the street snuggled up to fans.

        Do that which I say, not that which I do.

        • The only good thing is that she can’t refuse to go down a level when she’s obviously down it herself.

          Also, her hypocrisy is now on display for all to see.

  2. Gezza

     /  4th June 2020

    Stuff: Collette Devlin

    “Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday set out the new path for her “team of five million” moving into Alert Level 1.

    Unlike previous alert level announcements, no battle lines were drawn and there was no call to action – it was not needed, nor were any expected. But there were “10 golden rules” for the public to follow. The wishy-washy list is a far cry from the rigid level 4 rules we were once subjected to – it is unlikely anyone will be complaining.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said rule number 3 under the golden rules was wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.

    But to call them rules is a bit of an overstatement. They are more akin to teaching your grandmother to suck eggs, as the saying goes. They are, put simply, a vague set of behavioural expectations, which to many will be obvious.

    Ardern and her officials did well to put New Zealand in a panic in the early days of the Government’s response. Public fear was required for people to make huge sacrifices in their lives, in the hope of beating an invisible enemy.

    And if the virus became visible throughout the community, it would be too late. But the threat Covid-19 poses to New Zealand has clearly subsided. There have been no new cases of the virus, which can spread rampantly, for 12 days. But we are remaining vigilant as warnings about a second wave circulate.

    By now most of us are well-schooled on the public health measures of washing their hands and cough etiquette, so Ardern’s address did not require such an irksome approach.

    Her demeanour, as she rattled off the list, could be likened to a primary school teacher addressing a class. Ardern was at pains to point out that these ‘”rules” were needed to keep the virus at bay and “prevent a return to where we have been” – and no-one wants to return to lockdown.

    The message itself isn’t the problem, but it’s far from a rule and Ardern’s patronising delivery was not motivating. As the country grows weary of Government edicts, she risks losing her captaincy of the team of five million. No matter how many times we’re told to “be kind”. So why bother?

    It’s all part of the Government’s planned communication strategy, of course. A leaked Cabinet paper reveals the Government’s response to lessening restrictions was still a work in progress, given the global pandemic was expected to persist until 2021 or longer.”

    Ardern’s overcooked herself. Even the msm female fangirls might be on the turn?


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