17 Jun 2020

Six granted compassionate exemption failed to return to isolation on time

10:56 pm on 17 June 2020

A spokesperson for the Covid-19 response says six people failed to return to quarantine on time after gaining compassionate leave to attend a funeral in Hamilton.

Close up of a police officer at an incident on a residential street. 6 July 2016.

(File image). Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The spokesperson said four people were late to return back from the funeral, while two others did not return at all.

The two young people, a child and a teenager, had to be sought by police.

The youngest person has now been found and returned to quarantine in a government run hotel facility.

But the teenager has been allowed to enter self-isolation, away from the quarantine hotel, after talks with police and iwi.