25 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Border restrictions boosted as lockdown begins

From Checkpoint, 5:07 pm on 25 March 2020

Border restrictions have stepped up a notch in the final hours before a nationwide lockdown.

All New Zealanders travelling back from overseas will now be screened and sent to an approved facility to quarantine, unless they can prove they can get safely from the airport to somewhere isolated without contact with anyone else.

Meanwhile Parliament has held a special sitting today to declare a State of Emergency and issue an epidemic notice, as well as passing crucial legislation, for the lockdown period and the massive financial support package.

RNZ reporter Jo Moir has the latest.