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Alert Level 2 equals “play it safe”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has outlined the rules under Alert Level 2.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is outlining what life will look under Alert Level 2 if Cabinet agrees to loosen lockdown restrictions next week.

She says the country can be proud of what it has achieved.

"Now we find ourselves in a unique position again, on Monday Cabinet will consider the next stage of our response."

The prime minister says only hospitality businesses that can apply the 'three s' will be able to open:

Seating: People must be seated to prevent the spread.

Separation: There must be social distancing between people and tables

Single server: Each table must have just one person serving it.

Hospitality operators will also be required to keep distancing at queues outside and will be shut down if they cannot do so, says Jacinda.

“In a nutshell, Level 2 is a safer normal designed to get as many people back to work as possible and the economy back up and running in a safe way, made possible only by our collective actions at Levels 4 and 3 to beat the virus and break the chain of transmission.

“Strong public health measures such as physical distancing, good hygiene and contact tracing will be essential to making Level 2 work.

“There is a much higher level of individual responsibly required at Level 2 to prevent the spread of the virus. Even though the economy will be significantly opened up we still need everyone to remain vigilant and continue to act like you and those around you have the virus.

“On Monday, May 11, we will make a decision on whether to move, taking into consideration the best data and advice we can, recognising the impact of restrictions, and ensuring we don’t put at risk all of the gains we have made.

“We need to balance the risk of the virus bouncing back against the strong desire to get the economy moving again.

“We will continue to act with caution and not move before it is safe to do, so entry into Level 2 could be phased, with higher risk activity occurring when there is stronger evidence it is safe to do so,” says Jacinda.

"We need every number from every single day to get the full set of data and we need of course the view of the Director-General of Health.

"It is very unlikely that we have hunted down every single case of COVID-19. If stray cases start new chains of transmission we might not find them for a month so we all need to stay on guard. Level 2 has been designed to get as many people back to work as possible and get the economy back up and running, but in the safest way possible."

She says public health measures will remain unchanged and asks New Zealanders who get symptoms to stay home, and wash hands properly, and not pass other people their phone.

She says distancing measures will remain under a lower alert level.

"At Alert Level 2 playing it safe means two metres from strangers, but in your workplace or places where you're around people you know or people we can contact trace later, we can live with less."

Alert Level 2 restrictions in a nutshell

  • Businesses can restart for staff and customers
  • Bubbles can cease
  • Domestic travel recommences
  • Schools and early learning centres can open
  • Gatherings both indoors and outdoors are limited to 100 people
  • Public places reopen
  • Sport and recreation comes back on-stream, including professional sports competitions
  • Home gatherings must be kept small
  • Hospitality must follow the three S’s – seated, separated, single-server

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@Slim Shoddy

Posted on 11-05-2020 15:04 | By morepork

1. SARS-CoV-2 (which causes Covid-19) is NOT another "cold", any more than SARS, Ebola, or even measles and smallpox are. 2. Yes, people do die anyway, but we generally try to minimise or prevent this because we understand the distress it causes the people who love them. Apparently you have no such worries. 3. Financial health IS important, but the majority of Kiwis (over 85%) have taken the "namby-pamby Leftie" position that people are more important. We see the difference between a Health issue and a Political one. 4. When the next pandemic arrives I hope we will still have the good sense to put measures in place to control it, protect our people, and ignore the protests of those who believe everything is all about them. 5. I hope you do get your wish to travel, quite soon. Travel broadens and educates. Take your time coming back.

@Laugeo

Posted on 09-05-2020 14:06 | By morepork

Your response is spot on. I also responded to Shady’s post but it appears to have been censored by Sun Live and wasn’t published. Never mind, you said it all.

Laugeo

Posted on 08-05-2020 16:17 | By

Yes I watch the world news. It regularly tells me the world has too many people and not enough food and water. Added to that it is now bankrupt. Which part of mortality do you not understand? During lockdown there would have been about 4000-5000 deaths in New Zealand. 21 due to Covid and most of those would have died real soon if the latest virus hadn’t popped along. It’s sad but illness and death are inevitable. Natures way of sorting things out perhaps. It’s a cold virus. Get a grip. It’s mamby pamby lefties like you putting us in financial strife that will be the death of us all. What you gonna do then? What you gonna do when the next virus comes along in 10 years and it’s 10 or 20 times deadlier?

Slim Shady

Posted on 08-05-2020 13:52 | By laugeo

Yep, definitely. Given that it IS all about you and the loss of more of our elderly and infirm is a small price to pay for YOU to be able travel further afield. Do you not watch the world news? Stunning.

Just do it..

Posted on 07-05-2020 15:55 | By

Don’t just think about moving to level 2. Just do it

Joke

Posted on 07-05-2020 15:47 | By

can they stop with the cliches and just admit they overreacted and open everything up, including the border. I’m ok with catching a cold if I get to travel further afield.