Latest news on the community COVID-19 epidemic – Tuesday, September 21

12:55 – Watch the full COVID-19 update here.

12:33 – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield will provide a COVID-19 update at 1 p.m. The presser will be broadcast live above.

12:25 – Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said the lowering of the alert level was a great relief, but warned the city was not “out of the woods” yet.

“I think it will be a great relief for all of us in Auckland that we take the first step towards normalcy, but we have to be very clear that the best insurance policy to get back on lockdown or stay for a long time at level 3, everyone gets vaccinated and everyone strictly follows the rules.

“The critical message is, I think, that if everyone gets vaccinated, and we’ll hit 80% by Wednesday this week, that’s the best insurance we can take against a return to a high level of lockdown. “

11:33 – Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has revealed that “about two dozen” other prisoners have been released from prison and left Auckland since the lockdown began.

It follows the release of an accused on September 8, which then infected three members of a Waikato family.

It is not known if any of the other released detainees were tested before leaving Auckland, or what public health protocols were in place. However, the minister says people are released from prison all the time and have the right to go home.

Read the full story here.

11:22 a.m. – Newshub can confirm that the prisoner who tested positive for COVID-19 is a patched Black Power member.

10:49 am – Police have relocated Waikato checkpoints in accordance with the country’s tailor-made requirements for those who live or have been in the Upper Hauraki area.

Police said mobile reinsurance patrols will be operational in some rural areas.

The existing checkpoint north of Whakatiwai has been removed, but all other checkpoints on the southern Auckland border will remain in place.

These additional checkpoints will require an additional 20-30 police officers and will be funded by the Manukau and Waikato County Police Districts.

Checkpoints will stop vehicles and question drivers, ensuring there is no non-essential movement in the area.

Police have warned that anyone attempting to cross the regional borders separating Alert Level 3/4 and Alert Level 2 areas should expect to be arrested and request proof of essential travel.

The exemption process will work the same as before.

The police have set up static checkpoints at the following locations:

  • East Coast Route / Miranda Route
  • SH2 / Route des Monuments – Maramarua
  • SH2 / Rawiri Road – Maramarua Golf Club

10:31 am – Wintec is hosting a series of COVID-19 vaccination events at its downtown Hamilton and Rotokauri campuses.

The events, open to everyone in the community, will be held on September 22 and 29. They are organized by Your Health New Zealand on behalf of the Waikato District Health Board (Waikato DHB).

Wintec chief executive David Christiansen said the events were a way for Wintec to contribute to the prime minister’s recent call to “vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate”.

“We have the means, the support and two accessible locations on our Hamilton City and Rotokauri campuses, so it makes sense to make them available and encourage as many members of our community as possible to get vaccinated against Covid-19” said Christiansen.

“It’s a way to help everyone feel more secure and find more freedom.”

Christiansen says the events aren’t just for Wintec staff and students, they’re free to everyone in Aotearoa, New Zealand aged 12 and over who can now book their free COVID-19 vaccination. .

Wintec Vaccination events are on:

Wednesday September 22, 2021 at The Atrium, Wintec House, Wintec City campus, 10 am-2pm

Wednesday September 29, 2021 at Wintec Health Services, Rotokauri campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To book for Wintec vaccination events, visit or call COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 and name Wintec as your preferred location.

10:09 am – The Botany Downs countdown has seen its window of interest widen. Anyone who visited the store on Sunday, September 19 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. should watch for symptoms for 14 days. If symptoms appear, get tested and stay home until you test negative and up to 24 hours after symptoms go away.

9:55 a.m. – Here is a reminder of the rules for Alert Level 3. Auckland is going to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm tonight.

What is allowed at alert level 3

Below alert level 3, people are invited to stay in their domestic bubbles. Bubbles must be exclusive, social visitors are not allowed to enter your home.

The bubbles are made up of those in your immediate household but can be enlarged to connect with nearby whānau, to bring in caregivers or to support isolated people.

Physical distancing is still required, with distances of two meters recommended outside your home or one meter in controlled environments such as workplaces.

Schools and early childhood education centers may open but will have limited capacity, and participants should stay at home whenever possible.

Businesses will not be allowed to offer services involving close personal contact, unless it is a supermarket, primary product retailer, pharmacy, gas station or a hardware store supplying products to commercial customers, or in an emergency.

Other businesses may open, but physical interaction with customers is prohibited.

Public places, such as libraries, cinemas, museums, food courts, gymnasiums and playgrounds will be closed.

Gatherings of up to 10 people are only allowed in the case of weddings, funerals and tangihanga, with physical distancing and other public health measures being mandatory during these events. Gatherings beyond this limit of 10 people are not permitted under any circumstances.

Health services should use non-contact consultations whenever possible, and people at high risk of serious illness are encouraged to stay at home.

Click here for all level 3 alert rules.

9:31 – The National Party is attacking the government for the confusion surrounding the wage subsidy system.

Social Development and Employment spokeswoman Louise Upston said the government had sent mixed messages about whether companies were eligible for the Alert Level 2 grant.

“On the one hand, Labor MP Ginny Anderson made a deliberate public broadcast in Parliament last week to say that all businesses in Alert Level 2 regions were eligible to receive the wage subsidy.

“Ms. Anderson’s remarks have not been questioned by any statement about the need to link declining revenues to regions at Alert Level 3 or 4.

“While Finance Minister Grant Robertson has clearly caught some companies off guard by saying the drop in revenue must be directly related to Auckland being at level 3 or 4,” Upston said in a statement Tuesday.

She said National has also received reports from ministries providing different advice.

“This is yet another botched wage subsidy program at a time when Kiwi companies and their employees are under pressure.

“The government has decided to add new requirements to the wage subsidy process. It was the government’s responsibility to ensure that its systems and communications were prepared for these new requirements.

“The fact that even Labor MPs cannot communicate full and accurate information about the wage subsidy program shows that they had not properly prepared for a new outbreak of COVID-19.”

Here you will find information about the wage subsidy scheme.

9:11 – New survey shows businesses across the country are stressed and worried about bottlenecks, low incomes and uncertainty.

The BusinessNZ Network Pulse Survey was conducted in September 2021, based on the opinions of 456 member companies of the BusinessNZ Network.

He found that they generally support COVID policies but want to see more movement on vaccinations, testing and tracing, and more targeted government support.

The survey shows that most Auckland businesses are reeling from the lockdown restrictions, with a high proportion unable to operate. About 40 percent of New Zealand businesses say they are unable to trade under Level 4 conditions, but for Auckland the proportion could be twice as high, given survey comments.

The survey found that Auckland businesses want essential services overhauled so that more can operate safely under Level 4 restrictions.

South Island businesses fear getting goods from Auckland during Level 4 lockdown, claim better COVID policies for testing and tracing would have allowed the South Island to avoid current restrictions level 2.

The survey found that 84 percent of businesses across the country expect their revenues to be negatively affected over the next 3 to 6 months.

9:00 a.m. – There is good news for Auckland’s hungry takeaways, with McDonald’s confirming that its Auckland stores will be open from 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

“We can finally get together! Our McDonald’s restaurants in Auckland will be working hard to reopen by Wednesday, September 22 at 7 a.m., so that we can serve you the favorites you crave via Drive-Thru and McDelivery,” said the society. On Facebook.

But there is bad news if you were hoping for a sweet waiter or a shake.

“Over the next few days, while we get back on our feet, we will be offering a reduced menu, so please be patient with us. This means that we will not be able to offer soft serve, shakes, Gourmet Creation burgers, McWraps and salad the day it reopens, but the rest of your favorites will be available. See you soon. ”

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