COVID-19 updated 21 September

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COVID-19 update
21 September 2020
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As announced by the Prime Minister today, Auckland region will move to Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm Wednesday 23 September and the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 from 11.59pm tonight. Key messages from the Prime Minister’s announcement are below.

School attendance remains a particular focus and there is a range of activity underway to help lift attendance including the Urgent Response Fund. Lowering the alert level settings should have our attendance back at pre-COVID levels. Please contact your regional office if you need support in this area.

Key messages from the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 announcement
10 things you need to know about Alert Level 1

Key messages from the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 announcement
The Prime Minister has advised the outcome of the review of alert level settings made by Cabinet today.

From 11.59pm Wednesday 23 September, Auckland will move to a full Alert Level 2 setting (no additional restrictions). This level will be in place for 14 days (1 transmission cycle).

The remainder of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 1 from 11.59pm tonight, 21 September.

Cabinet will meet again on Monday 5 October to review alert level settings. If New Zealand remains on track (continuing as we are now), the intention is for Auckland to also move to Alert Level 1 on Wednesday 7 October.

For those outside Auckland For air travel you are not required to wear a face covering, (if not travelling to, through or from Auckland), but you are encouraged to do so for your safety and the safety of those around you. Consider doing the same for all inter-regional travel.

For everyone Please continue to stay home if you are sick and get tested if recommended to do so.
Maintain good hygiene practices.

Scan into places through the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a good record of where you have been, to support speedy contact tracing.
Full details can be found on the website.

10 things you need to know about Alert Level

1 Schools are open and must operate safely.
At Alert Level 1 the virus is contained in New Zealand but not overseas. We need to have systems and practices in place in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.
2 There are no restrictions on personal movement at Alert Level 1 – all children and staff should be at school.
The only people who will need to stay away are:
those required to self-isolate
individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result (most people will be able to go back to school/work while waiting for a result)
children, students and staff who are unwell.
3 Testing remains a crucial component in preventing an outbreak.
If a child or staff member is sick, they should stay home. If they have cold or flu symptoms they should call their doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. If recommended to get tested, they should do so.

4 Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.
Your Director of Education will work closely with you and health authorities should this occur. Please contact your Ministry regional office if you hear of a confirmed case in your school community but haven’t been advised about it by health officials.

5 You must continue to support contact tracing through the display of QR Code posters and your visitor register, attendance register and timetable.
If a new case does appear in your community, your contact tracing processes will support the speedy identification of close contacts of the confirmed case. Please encourage your community to check-in using the NZ COVID Tracer app including when they are doing pick ups and drop offs.

6 There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings.
Schools, like workplaces are not considered to be gatherings. Physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events can go ahead.

7 Fundamental public health measures continue to apply:
Hand hygiene
Cough and sneeze etiquette
Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

8 There are no restrictions on domestic travel.
People should avoid using mass transport if sick, awaiting a result from a COVID-19 test or required/recommended to self-isolate. Individuals travelling to, through and from Auckland by plane are required to wear a face covering.

9 Face coverings continue not to be required when in school.
This includes school transport and charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff to and from school. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting should be supported to do so.

10 Your Ministry regional office team is available to provide support.
Regional office contact details.
For more detailed information for Alert Level 1, please refer to our health and safety guidance on our website.