Auckland to move to alert level 3 for at least two weeks

Auckland will move to alert level 3 from midnight tomorrow night and will remain at level 3 for at least two weeks.

20th September, 2021

Auckland to move to alert level 3 for at least two weeks

Auckland will move to alert level 3 from midnight tomorrow night and will remain at level 3 for at least two weeks.

That's despite 22 new community cases of Covid-19, with three cases identified in Whakatīwai.​

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says under alert level 3, bubbles may be extended but only with those who are vulnerable.

"You are allowed to make very minor and small extensions to your bubble to bring in a person who may be isolated and vulnerable, such as an elderly relative. 

"If you have care needs for children who are vulnerable, you may bring in another family member or caregiver to help, but please, these are very tightly controlled extensions. No matter what, your bubble must remain small and exclusive."

Cabinet will review Auckland's alert level on October 4th.

Under alert level 3, masks are now mandatory at high schools.

The Prime Minister urged those who are over 65 years old in Auckland and have yet to be vaccinated, to stay at home during alert level 3.

Jacinda Ardern says staying at home will give them extra protection and special efforts are being made to ensure the over-65s are vaccinated.

"We have been doing direct outreach to all our over-65s who haven't had their first dose yet in Auckland. That amounts to about 23,000 people. 

"The vast majority of over-65s have been vaccinated, but for the smaller group, we really do want to encourage you to take that next step."

Meanwhile, the rest of New Zealand will stay at alert level two, with gatherings to move from 50 people to 100 people.

However, parts of northern Waikato where the three cases were detected, has been put under special restrictions.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says he is issuing a section 70 order requiring people who live or work in the area around Mangatangi, in northern Waikato, to stay at home.

Bloomfield says the order is for people living in an area north of SH2 centred on Mangatangi.

"That will effectively extend the road boundary to the east of Maramarua and also to the southeast of Miranda on the Firth of Thames."