From Tuesday (September 21, 2021) 11.59 pm
Wellington, September 20, 2021
Key things to note
Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59 pm tomorrow, Tuesday September 21, 2021, for at least two weeks.
There are now special requirements for those who live in or have been to certain areas around Upper Hauraki, after three people tested positive. Anyone in Upper Hauraki needs to stay home and stay local. They should wear a face covering when they leave home and keep 2 metres distance from people outside of their bubble.
The rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2. Decisions about the Alert Levels will be reviewed on Monday, October 4, 2021.
Alert Level 2 limits for indoor gatherings, including hospitality and retails business has been increased to 100 people, if people can maintain appropriate physical distancing in the indoor space. This takes effect from 11:59 pm, Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
The Ministry of Health have updated the Covid-19 symptoms in response to the Delta variant, including earlier timing of symptoms appearing – Ministry of Health.
For more information on all of these key points, visit Unite Against COVID-19 and the resources listed at the bottom of this email.
Alert Level 3 Golden Rules
Many things about Alert Level 3 stay the same.
There are only slight differences in restrictions between Alert Level 4 and Alert Level 3.
It is important to stay home, exercise locally and limit movement.
If you are sick, get a test.
Check locations of interest regularly.
Get vaccinated – vaccine bookings are open to everyone aged 12 and older.
Wear a face covering when out and about.
Use the Covid-19 Tracer App or manual record keeping. Record keeping is mandatory at most public locations and some businesses across all Alert Levels.
Keep a 2-metre distance from people outside your bubble.
Alert Level 3 for Businesses:
At Alert Level 3, everyone should work from home if they can.
If your business involves close physical contact, it cannot open.
All other businesses can operate, but with restrictions. This includes (a) meeting physical distancing requirements (b) having extra hygiene measures (c) regularly cleaning and disinfecting shared surfaces (d) having contactless options for ordering, pick-up, delivery and payment (e) making sure staff, customers and visitors wear a face covering if they are required to do so.
If your business does not have measures in place to operate safely, then you should not open.
Business owners and operators can now safely access their premises in order to prepare for contactless opening, including to meet the public health requirements.
Cases and monitoring
There are 22 new cases of Covid-19 in Auckland, including 3 cases in Whakatiwai. A total of 1071 cases composed of 1051 cases in Auckland (677 recovered) in Auckland and 17 cases (all of whom have recovered) in Wellington. There is one new case at the border.
There are now 16 cases in hospitals, all in the Auckland area. Of these, four are in ICU.
Yesterday, 8084 Covid tests were processed across New Zealand with 3916 of those tests taken in Auckland. Our 7-day rolling average is 13,104.
No unexpected detections in the latest wastewater testing.
Vaccine rollout as of September 19, 2021
More than 4.7 million doses of the Covid-19 Vaccine have been administered. Of these, over three million people have had their first dose and over 1.6 million people have had their second dose and are fully vaccinated.
Vaccination progress for iwi/Maori: First doses: 291,019; Second doses: 141,378
Vaccination progress for Pacific peoples: First doses:188,534; Second doses: 99,048; 26,673 doses of the vaccine were administered on 19 September. Of these 14,145 were first doses, and 12,528 were second doses. 3,092,737 people have had at least one dose (73% of people aged 12 and over). Of those, 1,618,673 are fully vaccinated with two doses (38% of people aged 12 and over). 91% of people aged 65+ have been vaccinated with one dose, 78% have had their second.
There are more than 1.4 million bookings available on BookMyVaccine.
Auckland vaccine statistics
As of midnight, yesterday more than 12,812 vaccinations were administered in Auckland, which is 48% of the vaccinations administered in New Zealand.
To date, Auckland DHBs have vaccinated 1,102,798 people, with 577,729 people fully vaccinated.
Source: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet