Tuesday 19 October 2021
Auckland is at Alert Level 3: Step 1
Parts of Waikato will remain at Alert Level 3. This will be reviewed on Friday 22 October 2021.
Northland will move to Alert Level 2 from 11:59pm Tuesday 19 October 2021.
The rest of Aotearoa is at Alert Level 2.
In-person sex work is not permitted in Alert Level 3: Step 1. At Alert Level 3, people must continue to wear a face covering at certain places, and to keep 2 metres away from those who are not in your bubble. Scan in to keep track of where you go.
More information on the plan to keep Auckland safe and ease restrictions can be found here:
Air and road boundaries between Auckland and the rest of the New Zealand, including the Alert Level 3 area in Waikato, will remain in place and there are no changes to the reasons for personal and business travel.
We plan for Schools to reopen from 18 October 2021, depending on public health advice. The final decision will be made closer to the time.
The following areas are still in Alert Level 3
- Waitomo District, including Te Kuiti
- Waipa District
- Ōtorōhanga District
- Te Kauwhata
- Hamilton City and some surrounding areas
If you live in these areas, or have visited these areas, and are experiencing even mild symptoms – please get a test.
Alert Level 2
The rest of New Zealand (and Northland from 11.59pm Tuesday 19 October 2021) is at Alert Level 2. The 100 limit cap on hospitality and event venues is removed. Customers continue to be seated and separated with 1 metre physical distancing in place.
Contact tracing remains an important tool for managing outbreaks. Workplaces should encourage all customers to scan in using the Covid Tracer app or record contacts on paper. We advise that workers keep a record of their bookings, scan into outcalls where possible or keep a detailed log. Masks must be worn by workers in close contact occupations, unless it is unsafe to do so. Masks can be removed for identification purposes. We encourage all sex workers to be vaccinated.
Nearly half (48%) of eligible New Zealanders are now fully vaccinated and 79% of people age 12+ have had at least one dose.
52% of eligible Aucklanders are fully vaccinated, and 83% have had least one vaccine dose.
The vaccine is playing an essential role. 97% of positive cases in the current outbreak were unvaccinated.
Modelling is telling us that while we’re still seeing cases, there are 50% less cases than what we could have seen without the vaccination.
Every person vaccinated increases the country’s protection and reduces the need for lockdown measures.
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