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Covid-19 Daily Updates

Feb 28, 2021

Updated 28 February 2021 – PLEASE READ FULL TEXT  

As a result of the latest community cases detected in the Auckland region, the government has announced the following: 

  • As of 6:00 am on Sunday 28 February, Auckland is at Alert Level 3 for a period of at least 7 days 
  • As of 6:00 am on Sunday 28 February, the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2 for a period of at least 7 days

What does this mean for you?

For the Auckland region – We advise Auckland based teachers to go back to teaching online or by other methods than face-to-face whilst Auckland is at Alert Level 3. If you or your pupils have been in any of the locations of interest at the times outlined in this Ministry of Health link, you must follow the guidelines provided in the advice given at this link: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/contact-tracing-covid-19/covid-19-contact-tracing-locations-interest

For the rest of New Zealand – We advise teachers in the rest of New Zealand to ensure appropriate physical distancing and hygiene and cleaning measures are carried out in your teaching practice. You should consider teaching online or by other methods than face-to-face if you or your students are at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19 under Alert Level 2

Anyone with cold or flu symptoms anywhere should get a test, and should STAY AT HOME until a negative test result is received. 

Please see the full Covid-19 update at https://covid19.govt.nz/ for latest information and details. 

There are 65 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand (11 in the community), with a total of 2,020 confirmed cases since Covid-19 appeared. There have been 26 deaths. 

We urge members to continue to be vigilant, sign into places using the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a manual record, and maintain good hygiene practices. 

VERY IMPORTANT – MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS AT ALL LEVELS
  • All businesses and services (including music teachers with their own studios or those teaching pupils in their own homes) must display a NZ COVID Tracer QR code for their business at all entry points. It must be in either a prominent place or near main entrances. Get your QR poster here. You will also need to have a manual sign in register for those people without smart phones or those who choose not to use the tracer app. This is a mandatory requirement under all alert levels.
  • The use of masks or face coverings is mandatory on public transport (including trains, buses and most ferries) and on domestic flights throughout New Zealand at all alert levels.
  • Taxi and share ride drivers throughout New Zealand are legally required to wear face coverings at all levels (passengers are strongly encouraged also to wear face coverings)

 A reminder of the alert levels and what they mean can be found here. 

 If you have not already done so, it is recommended that you download the Covid tracer application, and enable bluetooth tracing, from this site. If your phone does not have this capability or you prefer not to use this then you must record your movements and who you come into contact with in detail in a diary. If you operate a business or service, you MUST get and display your QR code poster (see above).
 
 
Thank you for helping to keep our communities safe. 

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