10 May 2020

Covid-19: Police say most people sticking to level 3 restrictions this weekend

7:16 pm on 10 May 2020

Police believe that people have been in general sticking to the alert level 3 restrictions this weekend.

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Sunlovers have flocked to beaches and there has been more traffic on the roads.

Assistant Police Commissioner Richard Chambers said there has been a roughly 50 percent drop in the number of potential level 3 breaches compared with last weekend.

He said in the 24 hours from 8am yesterday, police received 470 reports of potential breaches of Covid Alert Level 3.

The vast majority were not flouting the rules, but there had been some disappointing exceptions, he said.

"A colleague of mine up in the Waikato, and this morning they visited a church service that was occurring in someone's back yard and there were about 24 members of the congregation there.

"So after a chat with us and some encouragement, they decided it was probably not the right thing to be doing under alert level 3."

But he said another breach was a three-year-old's birthday party.

"There were around about 35 members of the neighbourhood and whānau attending so whilst we understand totally that it's tempting to celebrate occasions, it's not the right thing to be doing under alert level 3."

Chambers said, in comparison, none of the 80 vehicles passing through a checkpoint in Kaitaia were breaching the rules.

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