What it means to break Covid-19 lockdown rules

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As people settle into a new way of life in their Covid-19 lockdown bubble it is clear not everyone is following the rules.

Between 11pm Thursday night and 8am Friday morning police received 396 calls relating to Covid-19 and 279 related to self-isolation breaches.

Under lockdown, the government's message is clear - stay at home and if you leave your house to buy food or exercise keep 2 metres away from anyone you see - but not everyone is exercising care.

One Whanganui woman, who didn't want to be named, says she saw some concerning behaviour during a short trip to her local pharmacy to pick up prescription medication.

"I noticed groups of families down at the local school running around and so on. Are people taking this lockdown seriously?

She says the streets were deserted - a clear message to anyone behaving normally that the country was in lockdown.

Hamish Oliver in Christchurch says not everyone in his South Island community was policing themselves and people were searching for exceptions to the rule - some in his neighbourhood had been arranging 'drinks on the driveway'.

Civil Defence Emergency Management director Sarah Stuart-Black says police were reporting that people were generally doing the right thing but people must be thinking about how them staying home could make a difference.

"There were some isolated incidents reports of people congregating, these people were spoken to and provided with some advice about what the restrictions mean."

Sarah says she was under no illusions the restrictions were a dramatic and sudden shift in people's way of life but staying at home was the best way to break the chain.

She says people should think twice about whether they needed to drive to locations for exercise.

"I think the key message is 'stay local'. If you can go for a walk by going right outside your front door, great, if you have to drive a short distance, that's fine too, the challenge we have is when people might drive themselves to a place that if they get into trouble, someone else might have to come and help them which exposes more risk."

The same applied to people who fancied a surf or swim - people must avoid activities that could put others at risk, she says.

Those over 70 or immunocompromised are encouraged to leave the house for exercise but should follow social distancing like everyone else.

Overall, the advice is simple: stay home, and if you leave your house: stay local.

Act like you have Covid-19 and stick to your bubble - staying 2 metres away from those outside it when you do step outside to exercise.

Common questions being raised

If I wanted to visit the beach this weekend could I?

Yes, if you could walk there you can. Otherwise no, you'll have to find something else to do.

Can I kick a ball around at my local park with people in my bubble? For how long?

No, you cannot. Do it in your own backyard or in the house.

Can I drive to a forest track for a hike if no one else is there?

Again this is a no. If you went for a bushwalk and got into trouble, emergency services would likely be called out and then you will have popped their bubble. Also, Department of Conservation facilities are all closed so overnight tramps are also off-limits.

Can I go surfing?

No, and you can't go kayaking or boating either. Again, if you get into trouble, then you risk popping the bubble of people working in essential services like the coastguard.

Can I do gardening?

If it is your own garden, go for gold. But you can't go to the plant shop, so you will need to get creative with what you've got at home.


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Maybe it's Time

Posted on 29-03-2020 11:29 | By

Time to shut a lot more businesses. I’ve just been on the Tauranga City app and cannot believe how many unnecessary businesses are open. Why is Gilmour’s open - Pak n Save is over the road. Way too many dairies open. Should be 1 supermarket in each area and that’s it. If people insist and persist on breaking isolation then we should put Military in charge and initiate a 24/7 TOTAL LOCKDOWN. Forget about wet isolation explanations from Police. Everyone knows by now. It’s time to get tough and get serious. There’s way too much ’she’ll be right’.

It'll take a while...

Posted on 28-03-2020 10:36 | By morepork

… for people to get their heads around life under lockdown. Kiwis normally love the outdoors, being active, and socialising. But we HAVE to do this and we HAVE to get it right if we are to have any chance of retrieving our life style after Covid-19. When I look at the state of the World at the moment, I realize that we are very lucky and our lockdown rules are reasonable and doable, compared to some countries (especially those under more repressive regimes). We have a very good chance of defeating this virus and getting back to "normal" but ONLY if people abide by the lockdown rules. I’m crossing each day off my calendar and I’ll have a little celebration meal at the end of each week... I’m finding lockdown is a chance to do a lot of those little jobs around the house that normally get deferred.

Enough is Enough

Posted on 28-03-2020 10:00 | By

Why do people still need to have the rules explained. This is putting lives at risk. It should be quite simple, if you’re caught outside the rules your are heavily fined $500 minimum. No a wet bus ticket explanation. There is still so many people out and about. The message is simple, Get Tough on Crime. A lot of people are still treating this as a joke. This is REALLY PISSING ME OFF. Their thoughtlessness and self centredness is putting everyone including my family and friends at risk. It’s time the Police came down heavily with a tonne of bricks and quit the nice pathetic approach. EVERYONE KNOWS THE RULES. The message is simple and clear STAY HOME.