6 May 2020

Ten charges in Nelson-Marlborough in relation to obstruction of medical officer

3:14 pm on 6 May 2020

Ten charges have been laid in Nelson-Marlborough in relation to breaches of Covid-19 rules.

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Nelson-Marlborough Health confirmed that charges have been laid under the Health Act Amendment Order 2020, aimed at preventing the outbreak or spread of Covid-19.

The amended act made it a legal requirement to comply with isolation or quarantine instructions issued by a Medical Officer of Health.

Nelson-Marlborough Health clinical director Stephen Bridgman said that under the Act, officers were able to stop people congregating in restricted places.

They also had the authority to close or restrict the use of premises, unless there were appropriate public health or infection prevention measures in place, Bridgman said.

Court documents showed the charges, laid between 4 April and today, related to obstructing a medical officer.

Those charged have made appearances in the Nelson and Blenheim district courts.