3 May 2020

Police warn parties could 'waste sacrifices' of lockdown

4:28 pm on 3 May 2020

Police are sending a blunt message to people who have chosen to break their bubbles over the weekend - no parties, no excuses.

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Photo: RNZ / Patrice Allen

Six hundred and eighty five reports were filed in the 24 hours from 6pm on Friday about breaches of the alert level three restrictions.

Enforcement action was taken against 112 people.

The Acting Assistant Commissioner Scott Fraser said there have been 1200 reports of breaches since level three came into force.

He said most of the breaches were because of social gatherings.

Action has been taken against 514 people under the Health or Civil Defence Emergency Act, resulting in 135 prosecutions and 342 warnings.

Fraser said attending parties could waste all the sacrifices made over the past five weeks.

Meanwhile, Director General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield said if people continue to breach level three, it will slow the move to level two.

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