24 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Covid-19 updates in NZ and around the world on 24 March

9:43 pm on 24 March 2020

Uncertainty about what comprised essential services during the lockdown and a rush to get home were among the main issues today.

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Photo: Unsplash / Benedikt Geyer

Late in the day - 9.30pm - the government released further details about essential services that can operate during the lockdown.

MBIE Deputy Chief Executive Paul Stocks said "big box" retailers like Bunnings, Placemakers and Mitre 10 can stay open to trade customers for essential purposes only.

The Warehouse had to close.

Businesses that are a critical part of the supply chain for essential services are also able to continue operating, but must do so in a way that is safe.

In addition, dairies can continue to operate, but must observe strict physical distancing rules for customers.

Every restaurant, café and bar must close all aspects of their operation, including delivery.

Liquor stores are being treated as other non-essential retail outlets and must close. Check our blog below for further details.

  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs)

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