Covid-19 Daily Updates: Make Summer Unstoppable

Jan 5, 2021

Updated 18 January 2021 – PLEASE READ FULL TEXT  
“Make Summer Unstoppable” – This summer will be our first under COVID-19 conditions. It’s important we look after ourselves and our whānau over the festive season and summer holidays. All of us are urged to continue to use the Tracer App (and turn on bluetooth tracing) or sign in manually to keep track of any potential exposures; stay home if you are sick; and continue to practice good hand hygiene by washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitiser. 
All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. The New Zealand Government continues to monitor the world wide situation, including the emergence of new Covid-19 variants, and has taken additional actions to protect New Zealand from the virus. Please make sure to check latest updates on the Unite Against Covid-19 and Ministry of Health websites (links below). 

Controls at the borders are enforced for those entering New Zealand. This includes health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed isolation or quarantine. Travellers from the United Kingdom or the United States bound for New Zealand are required to have a negative test result for COVID-19 before departing, with effect from 11.59pm on 15 January 2021. And starting on 18 January, all travellers arriving into New Zealand – excluding Australia, Antarctica, and some Pacific nations – are required to have day 0/1 tests and stay in their rooms in managed isolation until the result is known

Face coverings legally must be worn: on all public transport to, from and through Auckland — including on long-distance bus and train journeys, as well as Auckland ferries; on domestic flights throughout New Zealand, and by Auckland taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you to. To check what rules apply and who is exempt, see Masks and face coverings. For the rest of New Zealand, while it is not mandatory to wear a mask on public transport during Alert Level 1, it is encouraged.

Anyone with cold or flu symptoms anywhere should get a test. 

There are 6 new cases today and 85 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand (none in hospital), with a total of 1,906 confirmed cases since Covid-19 appeared and 25 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. If unwell, stay at home and get a test. You must then remain at home until the results of your test. 

  • 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 for transport services into, around and out of Auckland, and on passenger flights throughout New Zealand. 
 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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