23 June 2021

The Wellington region will be at Alert Level 2 from 6pm on Wednesday 23 June until 11:59pm on Sunday 27 June. This area includes Wairarapa and Kāpiti Coast.

A traveller from Sydney, who visited Wellington from Saturday 19 June until Monday 21 June, has tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return to Australia. It is most likely they contracted the virus in Sydney before they arrived in New Zealand. Genome sequencing is underway in Australia to see if the case is linked to the current outbreak in Sydney.

The Golden Rules at Alert Level 2
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.
  • Use the NZ COVID Tracer app if you can. This helps with rapid contact tracing if it’s required.
  • Keep your distance when outside your home. You should keep a distance of at least 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops, and 1 metre in most other places like workplaces, cafes, restaurants and gyms.
  • You legally must wear a face covering on public transport and on domestic flights and are encouraged to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like in shops.
  • You can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way. You should not travel if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting a test or if you need to self-isolate. You can travel to other regions that are at Alert Level 2 or lower.
  • No more than 100 people at social gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.

You can do your usual exercise and recreation activities, if you can do them safely. Professional leagues can go ahead at Alert Level 2 because they take place in controlled workplaces.

For a full list of guidelines, click here

Council services under Alert Level 2

Our council buildings and services will continue to operate under Alert Level 2 guidelines, with safe distancing measures in place. This includes our main council office, operations yard, Information Centre, Events Centre and library.

We have QR codes up at our main facilities (parks, public toilets, council buildings). We have screens and sanitiser at our council buildings, promote cashless systems and disinfect our EFTPOS machines.

The Events Centre is able to continue to fulfil its bookings for gatherings under 100 people within the Alert Level 2 guidelines, however, there is a show this weekend ‘Gold Dust Woman’ that we have now postponed as we had already sold more than 200 tickets. Ticket holders have been contacted and we will make an announcement when we are in a position to set another date.

Advice from Wairarapa DHB

Check the locations, and follow the specific isolation and testing advice for each location of interest. If you have visited these locations at the specified times you must go home.

  1. If you need to isolate, please do so, call Healthline, and follow their advice.
  2. If you need to be tested, phone your medical centre for information.
  3. If you have had contact with someone who has been to a location of interest, but you haven’t been there yourself and you are quite well with no symptoms, then you can act as normal but take care to act quickly should you develop symptoms.
  4. Do not go to work if you have cold or flu symptoms and get tested.

This all applies even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccination. Although the vaccine is highly effective, you still need to follow the Ministry of Health advice.