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‘We must remain in our neighbourhoods’

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Tauranga police are urging community members to remain in their own neighbourhoods during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Police occupied a number of checkpoints throughout the Tauranga area today, with officers educating motorists about the current Level 4 restrictions.

Tauranga response manager, acting inspector Mark Pakes says some motorists today were driving without reason and further than required.

“Although the majority of today’s motorists were essential workers, or travelling to essential appointments, there were a number of people driving without reason and further than required.

“The most common reason was travelling to supermarkets for supplies outside of their neighbourhood.”

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must remain in our own neighbourhoods where possible, he says.

 “Moving throughout other areas places more people at risk, so it is extremely important to use the nearest supermarkets and facilities.”

Checkpoints are expected to continue throughout the weekend.

“If people are out driving, we may ask motorists some questions to check they are okay, and what support they might need.

Police will provide advice on self-isolation and ensure members of the public are complying with the current restrictions, he says.

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