Covid-19 Daily Updates

Jul 23, 2021

Updated 23 July 2021 – PLEASE READ FULL TEXT  

All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.

Quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is suspended from 11.59pm Friday 23 July 2021 for at least the next 8 weeks because of the worsening COVID-19 situation in Australia.

Please stay up to date with latest news and advice from the government on either the Ministry of Health or Unite Against COVID-19 websites.   

We advise members to continue to be vigilant. You / your pupils should stay at home if you are sick – the risk of COVID-19 being spread in the community is much greater when there are no restrictions on gatherings or going out. 

All members need to be ready to move to a different alert level at short notice and to reactivate online teaching where required. 

Everyone in New Zealand should be using the NZ COVID Tracer app even under Level 1 – if you have scanned in at a location with someone who has COVID-19 you will be sent a notification through the app which is the quickest and easiest way to protect yourself and your family.

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 latest information and details. 

There are 20 new cases (all at the border) and a total of 80 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand, with a total of 2,499 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. 

  • 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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