As of 1:40 today, 23 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern placed New Zealand on Covid-19 Alert Level 3. She also said that New Zealand will progress to Alert Level 4 after 48 hours.
LEVEL 1 – Where Covid-19 is here but contained.
A preparation phase. Measures include border measures, contact tracing, limits on mass gatherings.
LEVEL 2 – Where the disease is contained but risks are going.
Move to reduce contact. Measures include further border measures. Cancel events. Ask people to work remotely where possible and cancel the travel.
- Entry border measures maximised
- Further restrictions on mass gatherings
- Physical distancing on public transport (e.g. leave the seat next to you empty if you can)
- Limit non-essential travel around New Zealand
- Employers start alternative ways of working if possible (e.g. remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing within the workplace, staggering meal breaks, flexible leave arrangements)
- Business continuity plans activated
- High-risk people advised to remain at home (e.g. those over 70 or those with other existing medical conditions)
LEVEL 4 – Where we have sustained transmission.
Eliminate contact altogether. Maintain essential services but ask everyone to stay at home until Covid-19 is under control.
The chart below from the NZ government’s Covid-19 website explains further.
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