Government tightens rules as Covid cases rise in Auckland

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Wellington, October 18, 2021

Key things to note

There are 60 new community cases; 57 in Auckland and three in the Waikato. There are five new cases at the border.

Northland will move to Alert Level 2 from 11.59 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Waikato will remain at Alert Level 3 with the same boundaries and restrictions.

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3, Step 1 for a further 2 weeks.

Updated travel rules for travel within Alert Level 3, and any area where an Alert Level increase is announced.  

School students in an Alert Level 3 area for the holidays, may travel to an Alert Level 2 area to return to a hostel.

Alert Level updates for Northland and parts of Waikato

Northland will move to Alert Level 2 from 11.59 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Waikato will remain at Alert Level 3 with the same boundaries and restrictions currently. This will be reviewed on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Alert Level information for Auckland

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3, Step 1 for a further two weeks. This will be reviewed again on Monday, November 1, 2021.

There are no parts of Auckland where the rules do not apply. There are cases in 124 suburbs, across the entire Auckland region.

Aucklanders must comply with the Alert Level rules around indoor gatherings. People attending parties, breaking their bubbles and meeting up with others inside, is keeping this outbreak going.

An announcement on the future of managing Covid-19 in New Zealand will be made on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Updates to permitted travel rules

Anyone living in a region where an increase in alert levels is announced, is not permitted to travel to an alternative place of residence outside that region. This applies to the period between the announcement and the new alert level taking effect.

People who do not live on Waiheke Island or Great Barrier (Aotea) Island are not allowed to travel to those locations during Alert Level 3. Except for permitted controlled gatherings or other permitted travel under the Alert Level 3 rules.

People living in an Alert Level 3 area are not permitted to travel within their region, for an overnight stay away from their home or place of residence.

Education – travel between family homes and hostels in different Alert Levels

School students at home in an Alert Level 3 area for the holidays, may travel from an Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 area, to return to a hostel.

Students who do so must stay at their hostel for the remainder of the term.

Anyone aged 12 and over must get a test. More information on testing for travel between regions is available on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Updates from Police

Since Alert Level 3 came into place, 26 people have been charged with a total of 27 offences in Tamaki Makaurau, Northland and parts of the Waikato.

In the same period, 28 people were formally warned.

Police have received 4717 breach notifications relating to businesses, mass gatherings or people in Tamaki Makaurau, Northland and parts of the Waikato.

Travel across alert level boundaries remains restricted. People who do not have the required evidence for permitted travel, as outlined on the Unite Against Covid-19 website, will be turned around.

Super Saturday statistics  

130,002 vaccine doses were administered on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

The top location for total doses given was the Central Hawke’s Bay District.

The largest percentage of first doses was given in Kawerau District.

The largest proportion of second doses was given in Ashburton District.

Southland DHB had the highest proportion of fully vaccinated Maori, at 51% of the eligible population.

The largest percentage increase in Pacific vaccination rates was in Nelson Marlborough.

To acknowledge the success of Super Saturday over the weekend, we have attached a GIF to say ‘Thank you NZ’ in 25 different languages. 

Please share on your social media, to thank everyone for rolling up their sleeves, getting vaccinated and helping to protect each other.

Please visit Unite Against COVID-19

Source: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

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