The controversial cautionary approach taken by the Cook Islands government to implement a 'double quarantine' on returning residents has been backed by the Opposition leader.
The Ministry of Health Te Marae Ora was enforcing an order for residents to remain in isolation for 14 days upon their arrival in the Cook Islands, despite the travellers spending 14 days in quarantine in New Zealand before their departure.
The Cook Islanders would also be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival in Rarotonga, despite already undertaking tests in Auckland.
Some of the travellers have been away from family and friends for over a month, after being caught in regional lockdowns.
However the stringent measures were being supported by the Democratic Party opposition leader Tina Browne and her caucus.
Ms Brown said the party would rather see the health ministry being possibly overly cautious rather than too relaxed.
"It's reassuring that our health experts who have put these very strict measures in place for returnees also have the support of so many of local residents.
"Our Te Marae Ora staff, the government and our communities have worked hard to keep us Covid-19 free, we are in our bubble and no one wants us to sacrifice what we have achieved and our virus free situation to change for the worse."
She said the opposition supported the vigilant stance, as the country could not afford any mistakes.
The country has no confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Ms Browne said she had been in contact with a golden oldies netball team who were undertaking the measures.
"They remain cheerful and grateful that they are finally on their way home.
"Our mamas fully appreciate the need to be extremely cautious to protect our vulnerable populations, they're being very brave in quarantine and patient."