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Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand will be able to move to Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28 April.

We know how hard you’ve worked Wairarapa and we must ensure that we do not lose any of the gains we have made.
THE KEY THING TO REMEMBER (AND THIS IS A REALLY BIG ONE) is we are still in Level 4 until next week and it’s important we stick to the level 4 guidelines and stay in our bubbles.

Although the announcement to move to level 3 next week is exciting, we need to remember that there is still a high level of risk and we must continue to restrict our contact with others as much as possible. Many of the restrictions in place for Level 4 will carry forward, including the requirement to mainly be at home in your bubble and limit contact with others.

Here are the key things you need to know ahead of next week:

  • Level 3 allows more economic activity but not more social activity – this is crucial for the success of good health while also allowing for economic success.
  • Retail and hospitality businesses can only open for delivery and contactless pre-ordered pick up – customers cannot enter stores.
  • Construction, manufacturing, forestry may also operate from Tuesday 28th as long as people are keeping safe physical distancing.
  • The government expects for those who need to attend school should be able to from 29 April.
  • Testing for Covid-19 will continue this week.

The Golden Rules for life at Alert Level 3

  1. Stay home. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials then you must be at home, the same as at level 4.
  2. Work and learn from home if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so. Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 for families that need them.
  3. Make your business covid-19 safe. Covid-19 has spread in workplaces, so the quid pro quo of being able to open is doing it in a way that doesn’t spread the virus.
  4. Stay regional. You can exercise at parks or beaches within your region, but the closer to home the better. Activities must be safe – keep 2 metres away from anybody not in your bubble. Make minimal trips.
  5. Keep your bubble as small as possible. If you need to, you can expand your bubble a small amount to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap. Then dry them. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  7. If you are sick, stay at home and quickly seek advice from your GP or Healthline about getting a test. There is no stigma to COVID-19. We will only be successful if everyone is willing to play their part in finding it wherever it is.
  8. If you are sick, stay at home and seek advice from your GP or Healthline about getting a test.

We will continue to provide more information about what you can and can’t do and what this means for you over the coming days. You can also read more at https://covid19.govt.nz/…/new-zealand-be-at-alert-level-3-…/

For now, the key thing is to keep doing what you have been doing – staying home and protecting your bubble.