After more than 100 days New Zealand has four cases of Covid-19 outside of a managed isolation or a quarantine facility.
The four cases are from the same family-based in Auckland. Auckland moved to alert level 3 from midday Wednesday for three days - until midnight on Friday.
The rest of New Zealand entered alert level 2 for three days, also until midnight on Friday.
Testing centres in Auckland are operating with more staff and longer hours in coming days and DHBs are also planning pop up clinics.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says one of the positive cases, a woman in her 20s, travelled to Rotorua at the weekend while she was symptomatic. She was accompanied by a child who has tested positive since the weekend.
The pair visited some family and tourist locations.
There is a Covid-19 testing site available in Rotorua at 2 Vaughan Rd.
- If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP - don't show up at a medical centre
Alert level 3 restrictions for Auckland:
- Stay at home in your bubble, other than essential movements such as going to the supermarket or local recreation.
- Aucklanders need to work from home unless they are essential workers.
- Schools and childcare facilities have closed, except for the children of essential service workers.
- Bars, restaurants and businesses were due to close by midday Wednesday.
- Gatherings of up to 10 people can continue, but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga.
- Travel into Auckland is prohibited unless you normally live there and are travelling home.
- Anyone with flu-like symptoms is asked to get tested by contacting their GP or calling Healthline.
- All key services, including pharmacies and supermarkets remain open. Food delivery is available under level 3.
- Masks should be used where social distancing is difficult, for example on public transport.
- Masks are compulsory for anyone boarding a flight from Auckland.
- All cinemas, libraries, museums, pools and art galleries were due to close by midday Wednesday.
Alert level 2 restrictions for the rest of the country:
- Work and school can be attended with physical distancing.
- Wear masks if you can in public, particularly where physical distancing is not easy.
- Masks are compulsory on all domestic flights
- No more than 100 people at gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.
- Businesses can open to the public if they are following public health guidance, which includes physical distancing and record keeping.
- People at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19, for example, those with underlying medical conditions and people over 70, are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
- Practise good hygiene - stay home if sick.
- Public venues like museums, libraries and pools can remain open.
- Non-essential travel around New Zealand should be limited.
Police are operating nine roadblocks on Auckland's boundaries and have released a map showing the locations.
Higher Police visibility and checkpoints to be established under Auckland Alert Level 3.— New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) August 12, 2020
Police will increase reassurance visits and establish road checkpoints when regional Alert Level 3 restrictions for Auckland come into effect from midday today.https://t.co/c4EJXk9qUQ pic.twitter.com/JKUZfEcjhp
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