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IMPORTANT Covid-19 Updates: PLEASE READ FULL TEXT

Mar 17, 2020

Updated 6/7/2020  PLEASE READ FULL TEXT

As of midnight 8th June we are in Alert Level 1.

At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and there are no restrictions on gatherings and events. 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. Note that with the ongoing return of New Zealanders from overseas, we have active cases in managed quarantine. It is therefore very important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow. 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. We advise our branches who are holding events and teachers who teach at their homes or studios to still keep a contact tracing register for this reason, either on paper or via the QR code and app

 New Zealand currently has 22 active cases with 1,534 total cases (confirmed and probable) of COVID-19. There are 1,184 confirmed cases (the confirmed cases number is the one reported to the World Health Organisation as per their guidelines and this is what other countries have been reporting as their case numbers). There have tragically been 22 deaths from the virus. We still need to be prepared for ongoing active cases as New Zealanders are still returning home from overseas. 

The government website www.covid19.govt.nz has more information about what Level 1 means. There are also “business toolkit” resources available as well as details on contact tracing and the contact tracing app.  Please see the Work and Income NZ website with details of the financial subsidy package announced by the government if you need help. 

We advise members to regularly check the latest updates on the Ministry of Health website which has comprehensive information about COVID-19 and details of the simple precautions you can take to protect yourself and others, as well as the New Zealand Government’s website on all things COVID-19. We advise members to use reputable sources such as these to obtain information rather than relying on other less accurate and alarmist sources. There has also been an increase in cyber attacks; please exercise caution when dealing with emails or texts from unknown sources and ensure you are up to date with anti-virus protection. 

It’s really important for mental well-being to stay connected to people.  There are lots of ways to reach out to people by phone, social media, or online contact. Talking to people and checking on others keeps us all connected and that is more important than ever. See this link for looking after your mental health and well-being.

If you have any concerns the Ministry of Health suggests that you contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages, including Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff.

Thank you for helping to keep our communities safe in this unprecedented time.

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