18 Jun 2020

Air crew rules - are they tough enough?

From Nine To Noon, 9:07 am on 18 June 2020

As the heat comes on the government over quarantine and managed isolation facilities, questions are being raised over the rules applied to international airline crew and the risk of bringing Covid-19 into the country. Under new health ministry guidelines, Air New Zealand international crew returning home after a trip of between two and seven days abroad are allowed to fly domestically to their homes to self-isolate for 48 hours, before having a virus test and awaiting test results. They are not required to quarantine or self isolate for 14 days as other international arrivals are. Kathryn talks with E Tu union's Head of Aviation, Savage,  and University of Otago Medical School epidemiologist Sir David Skegg, who says the rules for international airline crew are a "weak link".

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