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104 breaches on day one of Alert Level 3

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: RNZ /Dom Thomas

There were 742 complaints of businesses not complying with the rules on the first day of alert level 3, most over the lack of social distancing.

In this afternoon's COVID-19 media conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry for Primary Industries will be following up on the complaints.

In addition, police recorded 104 breaches in the first 18 hours of alert level 3 - of those 21 were prosecutions and 71 were warnings, says Jacinda.

She says the rules are in place for a reason and that it only takes one person to potentially affect many.

"We will not hesitate to take firmer measures if required."

  •   •  If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP

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Social Distancing

Posted on 30-04-2020 08:24 | By Sandyshirl

As NZ is in bad need of $$$$ why are these people breaking the social Distancing rules not fined immediately. Ridiculous. So many people have been just warned & yet we all know the rules. We need to follow Australia with instant fines

Social Distancing

Posted on 29-04-2020 22:05 | By

I have driven passed the new Greerton playground 2 days now. Absolutely packed with groups blatantly ignoring social distancing laws. Time to cease this so called educating and start fining. There is no excuse.