COVID19: NEW ZEALAND IN LOCK DOWN FROM WEDNESDAY


A few weeks ago, New Zealand’s borders were fully open. Flights came and went as their schedule required. Rental cars were steadily going out on hire, with bars and cafes amazed at the steadiness of their traffic. COVID19 was still something that only happens in bad countries; a relationship considered out moded before long.

Then in early March, New Zealand began watching the growing chaos in European countries. But still COVID19 seemed so far off.  How could it happen here and who would we turn to for help if we needed it? Then in in the space of a fortnight, the virus in New Zealand, which now has 102 confirmed cases. Would we follow the dreadful path down under and panic buy?

Many people will remember the defining moment of the year 2020 as where they were and what they were doing when the news broke that New Zealand had – on 23 March 2020 – gone to a Level 3 Alert with a Level 4 Alert set down for Wednesday. Following the dramatic events of last week and the weekend announcement that a new Alert Level system had been established, many

So, what does lock down look like?

  • All businesses that are not essential are in the process of closing and must do so by the time the lock down takes effect
  • All non essential travel will be stopped; public transport will only run to assist those who are deemed essential workers
  • Schools, Polytechnics, Wananga’s and Universities are closed – only the children of those viewed as essential workers will be
  • Police and Defence Force personnel will be deployed to assist with law and order; assist those who need evacuating
  • You can go outside – walks around the block will be permitted; hanging out with mates at the park will not
  • Supermarkets and those businesses essential to keeping them stocked will not close
  • Medical clinics and pharmacies will not close, though the latter will only see patients inside their buildings and require others to wait in their cars

What can you do to help New Zealand get through this?

  • STAY HOME – this cannot be emphasized strongly enough
  • WASH YOUR HANDS
  • No panic buying – cut the panic buying as it does not help with restocking of essential goods like bread, milk, toilet paper and so forth

To be reviewed on 25 April 2020.

In a day when the world is realizing that COVID19 is not going away so easily, there is actually cause for hope. I have already reiterated that we are lucky to have such a good medical system here, staffed by well trained and highly competent officials. We are lucky to have a government that supports these people. The science behind this is good, which is why the Government has been able to try to keep one step ahead of it. If people use their common sense and stop unnecessary expenditure on things, I believe that we will be able to get on top of COVID19 quickly.

The science of COVID19 is well known now. But disagreements and accusations of the other team having lower conduct, getting ready as one can be, and hoping that those who have funeral plans or weedings to attend to are all threatening the Government response. They are all threatening New Zealand’s ability to beat this.

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