Filter for New Zealand Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-17 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Mobile clinics have helped drive high Covid-19 testing rates for Maori, and Maori health providers want them to become a regular part of primary health care practice.
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2020-07-17 In Public health measures: Testing policy
MOH also said the clinical criteria for recovery from the novel coronavirus had now changed, to bring them into alignment with Australia. "The strict criteria applied before an individual with Covid-19 is regarded as recovered and able to be released from quarantine or isolation are that it must be at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms or positive test if the person was asymptomatic, and at least 48 hours without symptoms. "The 48 hours will now increase to 72 hours as an extra precaution."
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2020-07-15 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
The Government has unveiled a "Stamp it Out" plan for responding to new cases of COVID-19 in the community.
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2020-07-07 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Bookings for seats on flights into New Zealand will be managed to ensure New Zealanders can be safely placed into a managed isolation or quarantine facility. "These temporary measures will ease the current demand on facilities while additional supply is brought on line. In the past three weeks we have brought on capacity of ten new facilities for 2,000 more people, and have a plan to bring on another 750 places in the coming weeks.
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2020-07-07 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Bookings for seats on flights into New Zealand will be managed to ensure New Zealanders can be safely placed into a managed isolation or quarantine facility.
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2020-07-05 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
A 43-year-old woman who absconded from a managed isolation facility in Auckland on Saturday evening is in Police custody.
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2020-06-28 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
We have also increased oversight of the transfer of returnees from aircraft through to Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities so they are escorted by government staff.
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2020-06-28 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Health responses include: More staff in facilities; Improved model of care – including taking into account issues like mental health and addiction issues; More clinical oversight to ensure a consistent quality of service in facilities; Monitoring to ensure there is consistency across facilities
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2020-06-26 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
You have a legal right to come home if you are: a New Zealand citizen; a New Zealand resident with valid travel conditions. People from any other countries are unable to enter New Zealand at this time, unless they have specific grounds for exemption, such as being essential workers or for medical reasons. These people will need to apply to Immigration New Zealand for an exception to the border closure.
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2020-06-26 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. The disease is contained in New Zealand, but uncontrolled overseas. It is safe for all business to operate as normal. It is safe for events and activities to go ahead.
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2020-06-26 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All people arriving in New Zealand are required to stay in a managed isolation or quarantine facility for at least 14 days and test negative for COVID-19.
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2020-06-26 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
People without symptoms will isolate at a managed isolation facility, and those with symptoms or who test positive will isolate in a quarantine facility or separate area.
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2020-06-26 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
None of the hotels being used as managed isolation facilities are currently open to domestic travellers or guests - they are exclusive to people who have recently arrived in New Zealand. The hotels are stand-alone facilities - there are no shared public spaces with other members of the community.
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2020-06-21 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The Government has activated two new Managed Isolation facilities in Rotorua this weekend as more international flights arrive in New Zealand
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2020-06-21 In Public health measures: Testing policy
"Testing has been ramped up and all returnees must be tested on day three and day twelve of their stay.
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2020-06-21 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Air Commodore Darryn Webb was appointed this week to oversee the operations of all quarantine and managed isolation facilities and has implemented new processes this weekend to protect New Zealanders.
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2020-06-21 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
the number of personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force onsite at the Managed Isolation facilities in Auckland has been doubled to 72 staff. "Police’s onsite presence has also increased, with additional staff in each facility, and specifically identified afterhours support should it be required.
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2020-06-20 In Public health measures: General recommendations
New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas at this time. The New Zealand Government has raised its travel advice to "do not travel" - the highest level - regardless of destination.
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2020-06-18 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
masks will be compulsory for every passenger on board flights from Australia, for the duration of the flight. MOH said "medical grade masks should be offered to passengers on international flights and they should be strongly encouraged to use these masks as a precautionary measure while on board".
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2020-06-18 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Air New Zealand international crew returning home are allowed to fly domestically to their homes to self isolate for 48 hours before having a Covid-19 test.They are not required to quarantine or self isolate for 14 days like other international arrivals, but must stay in their rooms while overseas and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) through airports.
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2020-06-18 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Air New Zealand said it continued to follow the advice of the MOH and Ministry of Transport, including compulsory Covid-19 tests for crew on US routes.
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2020-06-18 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appointed assistant chief of defence Air Commodore Darryn Webb to oversee and review managed isolation facilities. Ardern said public and government confidence in the border needed to be restored, which is why she has asked the military to oversee all quarantine and isolation facilities.
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2020-06-18 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Three performance targets were introduced as a result of the Verrall report into contact tracing are:_x000D_ That 80 percent of people with Covid-19 symptoms get tested within 48 hours_x000D_ That 80 percent of test results are received within 24 hours, and in the event of positive cases;_x000D_ That 80 percent of close contacts are traced within 48 hours
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2020-06-18 In Socio-economic measures: Military deployment
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appointed assistant chief of defence Air Commodore Darryn Webb to oversee and review managed isolation facilities. Ardern said public and government confidence in the border needed to be restored, which is why she has asked the military to oversee all quarantine and isolation facilities.
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2020-06-17 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says he will inspect Covid-19 isolation and quarantine facilities
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: General recommendations
As we unite to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it’s still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Businesses should help customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed quarantine or isolation.
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2020-06-09 Out Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Currently, there are no further health media conferences scheduled. The Ministry of Health is continuing to publish daily updates on New Zealand’s COVID-19 cases, which you can find on its website.
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2020-06-09 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.
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2020-06-09 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required.
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2020-06-09 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed quarantine or isolation.
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2020-06-09 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.
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2020-06-09 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.
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2020-06-09 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Unite against COVID-19 becomes Unite for the recovery
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
The uniteforrecovery.govt.nz website is a central place for information about a range of support to help New Zealand recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
The impact of COVID-19 affects us all in different ways. We’re here for you. Don’t be afraid to reach out and get the help you need.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
As we unite to recover from the effects of COVID-19, financial pressure will be a reality for many. Help is available if you’re experiencing financial distress.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Financial support schemes to help businesses and their employees in times of difficulty, to recover from the effects of COVID-19.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Help your community stay resilient and connected as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Publication of legislation and key documents about New Zealand’s COVID-19 response.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Publicly released documents relating to govt decisions as part of its response to COVID-19. The release includes the papers, minutes and key advice for the decisions the Government has made relating to COVID-19 up to 17 April.
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed quarantine or isolation.
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2020-06-09 Out Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. Jacinda "did a little dance"
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2020-06-08 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
New payment for New Zealanders who lose their job due to COVID-19. The Government has announced a 12-week payment to support people in this situation.
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2020-06-04 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
If tenants and landlords can’t reach agreement on a fair rent reduction they will have to enter compulsory arbitration. The rent dispute process is for businesses with 20 or fewer fulltime employees which can prove a loss of revenue as a result of Covid-19.
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2020-06-04 Out Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Fiordland’s regional tourism organisation is repositioning itself to attract more New Zealanders to visit.
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2020-06-04 Out Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Covid-19 tourism $400m recovery funding welcomed by industry
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2020-06-03 Out Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Govt unveils $130m boost to research and innovation. The money is part of a $400m package, most of which was announced in the budget.
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2020-06-02 Out Socio-economic measures: Military deployment
Defence Force deployed 700 personnel in Covid-19 lockdown response
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2020-05-29 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
From 12 noon Friday 29 May, gatherings can be held with up to 100 people.
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2020-05-26 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
NZ Covid-19 vaccine strategy: Government provides $37m for development, distribution
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2020-05-26 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Contact tracing for groups of 100 possible in two days - Dr Ashley Bloomfield
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2020-05-25 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Trans-Tasman bubble: Onus on Australia to sort internal travel first - PM
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2020-05-20 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Government to release contact tracing ’digital diary app’ on Wednesday
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2020-05-20 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
The Ministry of Health has released the NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand. People who download the app can record the places they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at the entrances to business premises, other organisations and public buildings.
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2020-05-18 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Tertiary education facilities, schools and early learning centres will be open.
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2020-05-18 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
PM on NZ joining international investigation into Covid-19 outbreak: ’We’re interested in it for learning’
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2020-05-18 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government reveals $278.2m for early childhood education funding
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2020-05-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Skifield operators will not be restricted in how many skiers they have on the slopes under Covid-19 Level 2 rules this season.
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2020-05-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Green light for sex industry to restart
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2020-05-14 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Regional flights restart
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2020-05-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Bill introduced to enable MP pay cuts. all ministers would take a 20 percent pay cut for six months.
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
cafes and bars must cap patrons at 100 and practice the three ’S’s - seated, separated and single server
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
hairdressers and beauticians should wear PPE due to the proximity of their work with clients.
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2020-05-14 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
At Alert Level 2 inter-regional travel is permitted
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2020-05-14 Out Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
The Government has announced New Zealand will move from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Wednesday 13 May.
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2020-05-14 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
museums and libraries; cinemas; markets reopen
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2020-05-14 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Most businesses can open their premises to the public inc cafes, restaurants, and bars for dining; hardware, gardening, and clothing retailers; butchers, bakeries, and fishmongers.
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2020-05-14 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Initially, gatherings limited to 10 people inc weddings, funerals, tangihanga, religious ceremonies and social gatherings and be no more than 2 hours
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2020-05-14 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
We can safely connect and socialise with close friends and family, in groups of 10.
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2020-05-14 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
We can return to our regular recreation activities, at first keeping to 10 people and being no more than 2 hours. This includes activities that were restricted previously, including: walking, biking and hunting on public conservation land; swimming at a public swimming pool, but there will be restrictions; going to the gym, but there will be restrictions; boating and motorised watersports; hunting during duck shooting season - start date to be announced.
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2020-05-14 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
NZ Super Rugby and ANZ Premiership Netball professional leagues can go ahead at Alert Level 2 because they take place in controlled workplaces. Initially, they will happen without crowds but they can be broadcast.
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
At Alert Level 2 businesses can have customers on their premises if they can meet public health requirements. This means businesses should: have good contact registers, or contact tracing records, in place to record everyone who you interact with on your premises; maintain physical distancing of 1 metre between groups of customers, or 2 metres if not possible to keep contact tracing records; not have groups larger than 10 people; maintain a 2 hour time limit for groups to be on your premises.
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
At Alert Level 2, people who are probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19, or who are a close contact of a case, will have to self-isolate for 14 days, or until cleared by a doctor.
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
At Alert Level 2, People arriving from overseas will continue to be placed in managed-isolation for 14 days, or quarantine if they are showing symptoms.
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2020-05-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The government has unveiled a $50 billion recovery package as part of today’s Budget
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2020-05-13 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Up to 50 people will be allowed to attend funerals and tangihanga at Alert Level 2.
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2020-05-13 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
The Government has decided to postpone: selections for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and the Parent Category; ballot registrations for the Samoan Quota (SQ) and Pacific Access Category (PAC); 19 capped Working Holiday schemes due to open in the next 6 months. This is a temporary measure. Immigration New Zealand will continue to reassess and determine when the programmes can resume.
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2020-05-12 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Pragmatic changes to Immigration Act to respond to COVID-19 passed
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2020-05-12 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Government will provide interest free loans for a year to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic shock to support their immediate cashflow needs
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2020-05-06 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
APEC economies agree to keep markets open and trade flowing
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2020-05-05 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Australia and New Zealand are committed to introducing a trans-Tasman COVID-safe travel zone as soon as it is safe to do so
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2020-05-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Government has announced more support for tertiary learners to access digital devices and internet connections.
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2020-05-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Leave support for workers extended. The Government has extended the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme ahead of the move to Alert Level 3.
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2020-05-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
New COVID-19 financial support tool available
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2020-04-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Tax changes to be introduced to help small businesses
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2020-04-28 Out Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
L3: Exercise guidelines - You can do activities that are local, safe, and do not involve interaction with other people outside your bubble.
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2020-04-28 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
L3: It’s estimated about 75 percent of the economy will be up and running from today, but a number of businesses have remained closed. There are restrictions to keep workers safe, limit interaction with customers, and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Businesses must self-assess their ability to meet these restrictions and operate safely, just as they would normally to meet their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Government agencies will not make these decisions for businesses.
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2020-04-28 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
L3: If you were in the wrong place when the restrictions came into place, and need to get home, you can now move throughout NZ to do so. There are some restrictions if you do travel. You can only move once, and in 1 direction.
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2020-04-28 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
L3: Regional travel for very specific reasons.
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2020-04-28 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
L3: we must continue to stay in our household bubbles whenever we are not at work, school, buying the groceries or exercising. People must stay within their household bubble but can expand this to reconnect with close family/whanau, or bring in caregivers, or support isolated people. It’s important to protect your bubble if you extend it. Keep your bubble exclusive and only include people where it will keep you and them safe and well. If anyone within your bubble feels unwell, they should self-isolate from everyone else within your bubble.
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2020-04-28 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
The Govt has launched a new helpline to provide all NZ businesses with advice and to connect them with additional support.
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2020-04-28 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
New tool launched to connect employers and job seekers. The Ministry for Social Development has announced several initiatives to help connect employers and job seekers.
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2020-04-28 Out Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
L3: Public transport will have fewer people on board to maintain distancing, and buses and trains will be regularly disinfected.
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2020-04-28 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
L3: travel is still restricted, and is only allowed for permitted movement in your local area ?- for example going to work or school, shopping, or getting exercise. You should only travel in your car with people from your extended household bubble.
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2020-04-28 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
L3: You can use public transport (incl. taxis and ride-sharing services) to travel within your local area, but only for the following reasons: accessing local services and businesses; going to work or school (for those who have to); low-risk exercise in your local area; visiting people in your extended bubble; travelling to permitted gatherings.
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2020-04-28 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
New Zealand will be at Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28 April. We will hold at Alert Level 3 for two weeks, before Cabinet reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May. level 3 was "socially ... not that different from level 4". Economically, it was going to be very different.
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2020-04-28 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
L3: People over 70 and other higher-risk groups have the same rights as everyone else to go to work, to exercise and to access essential services like supermarkets and banks.
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2020-04-28 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
L3: Tertiary education facilities may open for limited activities involving small groups of up to 10 people where the members of the group stay the same and maintain physical distancing. Examples of these limited activities include campus research that can’t be done off campus, lab work, and practical hands on learning such as trades courses.
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2020-04-28 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
L3: it will be safe for Early Learning/Education Centres and schools to open for children up to and including year 10, with appropriate public health measures in place. All young people in years 11–13 will continue to learn at home.
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2020-04-28 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
L3: we are keeping tight restrictions on gatherings. The only permitted gatherings of up to 10 people are for: funerals and tangihanga; wedding ceremonies, not receptions.
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2020-04-28 Out Public health measures: General recommendations
L3: Alert Level 3 advice for at risk people
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2020-04-28 Out Public health measures: Amendments to funeral and burial regulations
At Alert Level 3, funerals can be officiated by your Imam. Funeral directors will work closely with Muslim communities to support ghusl (ritual washing) and janaza (prayer over the body) being carried out safely. At Alert Level 3, a maximum of 10 people will be able to attend the funeral.
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2020-04-28 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
L3: The government has eased visa rules to allow businesses to make greater use of immigrant labour during alert levels 3 and 4.
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2020-04-25 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
New Zealanders asked to stay home for Anzac Day. Join the NZ Defence Force and RSA’s #StandAtDawn campaign. This involves standing at your letterbox, front door, lounge room, balcony, or driveway at 6am this Saturday.
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2020-04-24 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Wage subsidy audits ensure businesses using scheme correctly. The Government is prioritising the audit process for businesses where complaints have been laid.
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Ramadan during Alert Levels 3 and 4: Mosques and other faith-based venues must remain closed during Alert Levels 3 and 4. If Eid (the end of Ramadan) occurs during Alert Level 3, you must remain in your household bubble.
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2020-04-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Government has announced a new $50 million package to support the media industry through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2020-04-22 Out Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Businesses allowed to do minimum necessary to prepare for Alert Level 3. You can ask the smallest number of workers possible to come in to help prepare, if you are meeting all health and safety and public health requirements for Alert Level 4.
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2020-04-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Businesses would this week be allowed to access premises to get ready for level three, but people must stay within their bubble
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2020-04-20 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
"Schools and early learning centres can be accessed this week for cleaning, maintenance and any other preparations. The current plan is for schools to be able to reopen for a teacher only day on 28 April as part of the preparation."
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2020-04-20 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
extension of level 4 to 11.59pm on Monday 27 April.
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
4 Criterion to drop to level 3 outlined: 1. We know that community transmission is under control, and the transmission rate is very low. 2. We have robust measures at the border stopping new infection. 3. We have tracing and testing capacity to shut down any new outbreak. 4. We have supplies for, and capacity, in the health system.
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
New support for small to medium-sized businesses
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2020-04-15 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Distance-learning education package for students. Every learner in New Zealand will have at least one way to access education, even if they do not have a device or an internet connection at home.
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
More online tools to support mental wellbeing
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Testing policy
we expanded testing to include random testing in Queenstown, the Waikato, Canterbury and Auckland.
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2020-04-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
For the first time, UNICEF New Zealand is fundraising to support Kiwi children and vulnerable families with urgent food and hygiene supplies.
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2020-04-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Tertiary student support package announced
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2020-04-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Joint Ministerial Statement affirming commitment to ensuring supply chain connectivity amidst the COVID-19 situation
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2020-04-10 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Easter during the Alert Level 4 period. Usually, supermarkets are not allowed to open on Friday (10th) and Sunday (13th) during Easter. This year, the government has changed the rules so that some supermarkets can open on Sunday.
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2020-04-10 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Managed isolation of new arrivals to New Zealand. All travellers entering NZ from 10 April 2020 are required to either go into 14 days of "managed isolation" in a government-provided facility (hotel), or if symptomatic to go intoIt is no longer possible to self-isolate at home, or to take a regional flight before the 14 day period is completed. a quarantine facility (separate hotel).
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2020-04-10 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
On arrival health screening from April 10
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
covid19.govt.nz is free to access from most mobile devices, even if you have no data
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2020-04-08 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Planning for the future of tourism
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2020-04-07 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package "It’s also about ensuring the continued availability of By-Pacific, For-Pacific health and disability services for Pacific people throughout this pandemic.
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2020-04-07 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Call to join COVID-19 health workforce. Health and care support workers have opportunities to work across the country, in contact and non-contact roles. Some people may be able to work from home. Training will be provided by employers.
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2020-04-07 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
Mental health campaign launched
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2020-04-07 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
NZ will enter into reciprocal transit arrangements with numerous countries in order to make it easier for citizens to return to their home countries. Nationals of countries party to the transit agreements must also meet strict criteria to transit via New Zealand.Those requirements include that transiting passengers:Must remain airside;Cannot enter New Zealand;Have a maximum 10-hour window to leave on their onward flight;Must have no COVID-19 symptoms, no contact with a suspected or confirmed case and not be awaiting test results; andMust have confirmation from the airline that they will be permitted to board for their entire journey – as well as confirmation prior to boarding that their destination country will permit arrival.
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2020-04-02 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
AirNZ is cutting its domestic operations from tomorrow retaining only a handful of return services a day operating from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson and Dunedin. The airline will still fly domestic charter flights to any airport at the request of the government.
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2020-04-02 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Hospitals around NZ race to increase ICU capacity before it is needed
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Christchurch City Council allows rate payment deferrals
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2020-04-02 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
PM Ardern announced details of a plan to enable a safe, orderly exit of the tens of thousands of people stranded in New Zealand. She said travel to get an airport in order to fly home will be considered essential.
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The prime minister also said industry leaders had been asked to find infrastructure projects that were ready to start as soon as industry gears up again. "Work is also under way to speed up consents for the development of infrastructure projects during the recovery from Covid-19 to provide jobs and stimulate our economy."
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2020-04-01 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
New Zealanders in their 20s are the age group with the biggest numbers of Covid-19 and are "the vector for transmission", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The government has changed immigration rules to help supermarkets cope with labour shortages.
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2020-04-01 In Public health measures: Testing policy
New testing guideline revealed today means anyone with respiratory symptoms consistent with the disease should be considered for testing. Previously, testing was largely targeted at people who have been overseas or in contact with a confirmed case, although doctors had discretion to test anyway if the virus was suspected.
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2020-04-01 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Temporary visas expiring between 1 April and 9 July will be automatically extended to late-September, which will be in effect from 2 April. Travellers with a temporary visa expiring before 1 April who are unable to leave the country need to apply for a new interim visa online.
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2020-03-31 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Tax regulations. Under laws quickly passed before the country entered alert level four, Inland Revenue has the power to write off interest accrued on tax payments due on or after February 14.
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2020-03-31 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
State of National Emergency has been extended for another seven days. The seven-day extension means the State of National Emergency will now last until at least 12.21pm on Wednesday 8 April.
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2020-03-31 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Pharmac eases restrictions on cancer drugs during Covid-19 pandemic
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2020-03-31 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Top health officials fronted this morning as the Epidemic Response Committee held its first public meeting via video conference. The committee was set up to ensure the government’s response to Covid-19 is still scrutinised while Parliament is adjourned.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Government has made changes to the wage subsidy scheme to help keep businesses and workers connected during this unprecedented time. These changes apply from 4pm Friday 27 March.
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2020-03-26 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
To ensure everybody continues to have access to the prescription medication they need, PHARMAC are temporarily changing the amount pharmacists can dispense at any one time._x000D_ Prescriptions will be limited for all funded medicines to a 1-month supply, or a 3-month supply for oral contraceptives._x000D_ You will not have to visit your doctor or other prescriber more often._x000D_ You will not have to pay any additional charges for filling additional repeat prescriptions, the $5 co-pay for the first time will cover you for your repeats._x000D_ People will continue to be able to fill prescriptions at their local pharmacy, though you may have to visit more frequently than previously. Many pharmacies are operating delivery options for vulnerable customers.
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2020-03-26 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
$27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services. "At COVID-19 Alert Level 4, a range of social services provided by our Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and community groups remain open and continue to deliver an essential service."They are supporting New Zealanders to stay well during our fight to break the chain of transmission of the virus, which will save lives._x000D_ _x000D_ The package supports services that:_x000D_ Ensure people have access to the food and other goods they need to survive_x000D_ Provide a place for people to live_x000D_ Support disabled people to maintain critical wellbeing_x000D_ Keep families safe from harm and offer crisis support
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2020-03-25 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Urgent tax measures for economic recovery. Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
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2020-03-25 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Govt is supporting New Zealanders to stay in their rental properties with a six month freeze on residential rent increases and increased protection from having their tenancies terminated, says the Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods.
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2020-03-25 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
All schools and early childhood education (ECE) centres will be closed. The upcoming school term break will be brought forward to start on Monday, 30 March. For the remainder of this week and through the term break, schools will establish ways to deliver teaching online and remotely.
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2020-03-25 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Advice for families of essential workers or with shared custody agreements
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2020-03-25 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
everyone arriving into NZ would be screened, and those without self-isolation plans taken to approved facilities around the country. The MoH said campervans set up and on stand by at the ASB showgrounds in Greenlane were part of our precautionary approach to ensuring travellers returning to New Zealand could isolate. Campervans and hotels will be used in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as accommodation for people potentially returning to New Zealand from overseas during the Alert Level 4.
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2020-03-25 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) director Sarah Stuart-Black said under alert level four, powers under the Civil Defence Act would be enacted, and the country would be in a state of emergency. Stuart-Black said powers under a national state of emergency would "enable us to be able to close or restrict access to roads or public places, remove or secure dangerous structures or materials, provide rescue, first aid, food, shelter, conserve essential supplies, regulate traffic, dispose of fatalities in terms of people that have passed away or animals, enter into premises to rescue people or save lives, evacuate premises or places, remove vehicles and vessels, requisition equipment and materials and assistance".
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2020-03-25 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Civil Defence Emergency Management director general Sarah Stuart-Black said a state of national emergency was declared at 12.21pm, and applied to all of New Zealand - including the Chatham Islands, Stewart Island and other inhabited islands. A nationwide mobile alert will be issued to all New Zealanders between 6-7pm tonight. The State of Emergency legislation allows it to be in place for seven days and can be extended, said Stuart Black. In a state of emergency, authorities will have powers that are not normally available to them, such as the possibility of military patrols.
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2020-03-25 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Non-essential businesses must now close. All bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries, playgrounds and any other place where the public congregate must close their face to face function.
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2020-03-24 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
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2020-03-24 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Covid-19 info in NZ Sign language (NZ 3rd official language)
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2020-03-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Support package for Covid-19 rises to NZ$9.3b
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2020-03-23 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
At 11.59pm on Wednesday 25th March, New Zealand will go into full lockdown for 4 weeks as we move into Covid-19 alert level 4. New Zealanders who are outside of essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of those in your households.
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2020-03-23 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
New Zealand’s Covid-19 alert level has risen to three and the country will go into a full lockdown at 11.59pm on Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed.
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
From March 23, non-urgent routine General Practitioner (GP) appointments will increasingly be done by phone, email and video to help protect ’vulnerable patients’ from coronavirus
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Physical distancing in place - staff and the public stay 2 metres apart, hand hygiene and cleaning must be maintained. Keeping full details of guests, and keeping people away if they are sick is required.
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All indoor and outdoor events cannot proceed, these requirements apply to family and social gatherings such as birthdays, funerals, tangi or weddings. These gatherings can not go ahead. This does not include workplaces of people undertaking essential businesses._x000D_
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Public transport will only be available for those working in essential services, for medical reasons, and to get to the supermarket.
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2020-03-22 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
NZ$16 million reallocated to Maori communities, businesses as a financial boost
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2020-03-22 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
The Department of Conservation is closing its visitor centres to the public from today, and from tomorrow will cancel all walking hut and campsite bookings for the rest of the season (up to 30 June 2020). Rangers will visit tracks and facilities, alerting people about the changes and checking people are complying.
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2020-03-21 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
New rules for hospitality sector under Covid-19. People going to bars, restaurants and casinos will be expected to stay at least a metre away from each other, and venues will have to do head counts to make sure there are not >100 people indoors. A register of guest details will also have to be kept for four weeks, including full name, address and contact phone and email details.
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2020-03-21 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
New Zealand rolls out drive-through hubs for testing Covid-19
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2020-03-21 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
People must also limit their movement within New Zealand and cut any non-essential domestic travel
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2020-03-21 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
People to start working from home if possible. If people cannot work remotely then employers should allow for shift work, physical distancing within the workplace, staggered meal breaks and flexible leave arrangements.
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2020-03-21 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Councils around the country are proactively closing community facilities including swimming pools, libraries, recreation centres, community centres, the City Gallery, museums and venues.
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2020-03-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Business continuity plans should be activated
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2020-03-21 In Public health measures: General recommendations
People over 70 years of age, people who have compromised immunity, are at risk or people who have underlying respiratory conditions should stay at home as much as they can.
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2020-03-21 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Practice social distancing - especially on public transport if possible
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2020-03-21 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
NZ Govt created a 4 level alert system for Covid-19. Currently on Level two "the risk of community transmission is growing" but this rating could change at any time. "It’s important to note, that at every alert level supermarkets and essential services, like access to pharmaceuticals will continue. Shop normally. If we do that, our supermarkets will have time to restock their shelves."
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2020-03-20 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All returning residents and citizens must isolate themselves for 14 days upon arrival inc NZ citizens from Tokelau, Cook Islands and Niue travelling to New Zealand
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2020-03-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
NZ Govt and AirNZ have agreed a debt funding agreement through commercial 24-month loan facilities of up to $900 million to allow airline to keep operating and essential routes open
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2020-03-19 In Public health measures: General recommendations
New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas at this time. The New Zealand Government has raised its travel advice to "do not travel" – the highest level – regardless of destination.
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2020-03-19 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Gatherings or events where 500 or more people are together in one place outdoors, or 100 people indoors, at one time should be cancelled. E
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2020-03-19 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
New Zealand’s borders are being closed to almost all travellers from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020.
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
NZ’s 2020 flu vaccine campaign will be the biggest ever with 400,000 more vaccines available, compared with last year.
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2020-03-17 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
NZ$12.1 billion package announced to support New Zealanders from the impact of COVID-19 comprising a wage subsidy scheme, leave and self-isolation support & business cash flow and tax measures.
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2020-03-14 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Cruise ships cannot enter to New Zealand’s territorial waters effective from 23:59 Saturday 14 March 2020. This will remain in place until at least 30 June 2020.
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2020-03-14 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All new arrivals from other countries must self-quarantine for 14 days (except for those arriving from selected Pacific countries).
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2020-03-13 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Non-residents of New Zealand who have been to China or Iran in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter the country
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2020-03-12 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
National Crisis Management Centre had been activated on 12 March. "We have multiple streams of work underway in policy, operations, communications and in the legislation space. We are a very large group of public servants working on our Covid-19 response."
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