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BOP hospitals move to Alert Level 2 at midday

Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health Boards will be moving to Alert Level 2 at midday, the same time as the rest of the New Zealand.

Auckland will be at Alert Level 3. This follows confirmation of four positive COVID-19 cases in Auckland.

"Last night the Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora announced that there are four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in one Auckland based family, acquired from an unknown source," says a spokesperson for Toi Te Ora Public Health.

"From midday today, Auckland moves to Alert Level 3. The rest of the country including the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts, move to Alert Level 2 from midday today."

Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained, but there is a risk of community transmission.

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still go to work and school, but you should:

  •   •  keep your distance from other people in public

  •   •  wash your hands

  •   •  sneeze and cough into your elbow

  •   •  keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen

  •   •  wear a mask if you can.

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

We'll continue to:

  •   •  keep tight controls in place at our borders

  •   •  test for COVID-19

  •   •  find and self-isolate anyone who is unwell, as well as their close contacts.

Businesses

Businesses can open to the public if they are following public health guidance, which include physical distancing and record keeping.

Gatherings

No more than 100 people at gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.

If you're unwell

  •   •  If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.

  •   •  If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.

  •   •  If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

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