Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at 11.59 pm on 14 February 2021 while the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2.
Alert Level 2 - Prepare, Prevent, Protect.
Alert Level 2 means we have more freedom of movement but we need to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. This means you still need to:
- Keep your distance from other people in public;
- Stay home if you feel unwell;
- Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (for free) if you have any symptoms or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the coronavirus;
- Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds);
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues;
- Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people;
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell;
- If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so straight away;
- Remember where you’ve been and who you’ve seen in case people need to be contacted if you become unwell.
At Alert Level 2, hospitals will start making appointments again. It is very important that you attend these appointments with doctors and specialists. We understand that there may be some anxiety, but in this update below, Dr Api gives us some advice on how to prepare for appointments in Alert Level 2.
Finding a New Rhythm in Alert Level 2.
Under Alert Level 2, most businesses will be able to open again but with strict hygiene, safety and distancing rules.
You will be able to travel again between regions, and public transport timetables will return to normal for buses, trains and most ferries. If you’re travelling to work, plan you trip, keep your distance and track your journey.
Gatherings like weddings, religious ceremonies, churches and social gatherings will be limited to just 10 people. However, the number of people allowed at funerals has gone up to 50. Spending time with friends and family will also be limited to groups of 10.
In high risk areas in hospitals such as emergency departments, intensive care and maternity wards, only one visitor per day will be allowed. In other parts of the hospital, only one visitor at a time will be allowed.
The most important message is about staying safe. Stay at home if you feel even slightly sick. Practice physical distancing when you’re out in public. And make sure you keep on washing those hands.