"Things can changed during that time. Ardern said Cabinet met via Zoom today to review Auckland's alert level. The Elemental Auckland festival is already underway and will continue at level 1. Auckland will move down to alert level two on Wednesday night. The rest of the country will move down to alert level one from midnight tonight. © Video - Newshub; Image - Getty Images Watch the Prime Minister's full alert level announcement. Cases with no link to other cases would be cause for concern and may see a move back up alert levels, he said. "We all want to avoid further restrictions ... but to stay at level 1 we need to be vigilant," she said. Under Alert Level 1 we are complying with Ministry of Health guidelines, and have adopted best practice behaviours outlined by the NZ Events Sector Voluntary Code. This means Auckland Transport (AT) services are largely returning to normal operations. Cabinet has confirmed that Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at alert level 1 on Wednesday, 7 October, Ardern says. Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. The words should have said people in those areas at risk of worse outcomes should get a test. The source of the current outbreak remains unclear. "I know for many, this one has felt harder, especially for Aucklanders.". The Ministry of Health has identified a rubbish bin as the probable source of a recent Covid-19 case - a similar event to the case of a worker in Auckland who was infected by a lift button. Auckland is shifting down to full alert level two arrangements from 11:59pm on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed. Auckland to move to Level 2 from Monday Auckland will move to Level 2 at the end of the weekend and the rest of the country will remain there to permit inter-regional travel, Marc Daalder reports. If you have questions about your flight, please contact your airline. Some reasons for not being tested include being a child under six months old, refusing a test, or having a medical condition that didn't allow a test. "I don't want anyone to think with the move that because we're at level 1 that now means that Covid is absolutely absent from New Zealand, it means there's no sign of it currently, but we need to keep up that vigilance of testing.". Bloomfield said the current outbreak was the largest cluster and it had a long tail. He said imposing a lockdown depended on the nature of an outbreak, and the current one required a lockdown given it was in the community, the source was unknown, and events including church services and bus journeys were involved. Hipkins said the country could move to level 1 while there were still cases in the community, and there didn't need to be "complete elimination". Not requiring children under 12 to wear masks was based on advice from the World Health Organisation, Hipkins said. The Government’s decision to bring Auckland down to Alert Level 2 and the rest of the country to Alert Level 1 was both highly anticipated and very welcomed across the industry. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is holding a press conference in Christchurch today at 1pm to reveal Cabinet's decision. She says that will be particularly useful at the border, if it were to work. Demand for telehealth services tended to spike near D-Days, Hipkins said. Auckland Council Friday 1 January 2021 On August 24, Bloomfield advised that Auckland could move to alert level 2 with additional measures in place, including the 10-person restriction on social gatherings and mandatory masks on public transport. The ones who weren't tested were either on leave or not at a facility during that time period. Asked about exemptions for travel in and out of Auckland at level 3, Hipkins said it was the first time there were different alert level settings for different regions. "Are you absolutely sure we have no holes in our border?" After 18 days, Auckland moves out of level 3 lockdown at midnight tonight - to what is essentially level 2.5. "There's no such thing as having no holes in the border," Hipkins replied, but he added that the protections were as robust as they could be. The decision comes nearly two weeks since the last evidence of community transmission. Higher risk workers should be tested weekly, he said. "We continued to improve it," he told MPs. Going down – Auckland to move to full alert level 2, rest of NZ to level 1. New Zealand prime minister Ardern says a full return to normal at border depends on a COVID-19 vaccine but says COVID-19 restrictions in Auckland to move to alert level 2. Putting positive cases and their families into quarantine was helpful because most transmission happened within households. There are four “alert levels” in New Zealand, and Auckland has been on Level 3 since Wednesday. Mask-wearing was not as culturally comon as it was in places like Taiwan, but he hoped people would still wear masks in some circumstances at level 1. She says a resurgence in the virus is not her only concern going forward, a resurgence in complacency is also a worry. As an essential service, Auckland Airport remains open. Ardern says Cabinet met via Zoom to review the Auckland's alert level and that all signs point to the city's cluster being under control. Reti asked. Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1 on Wednesday night, Jacinda Ardern has announced. Auckland would remain at Level 2 for 14 days, with Cabinet reviewing the situation on October 5 with a mind to moving the city to Level 1 on October 7, provided circumstances allowed. "One or two key words were either left out or changed.". "Our risk settings are very low. That meant the same exemptions didn't necessarily apply from the last time, he said. Contact-tracing information was also vital, including those cases where there is no clear epidemiological link. I think there'll be an announcement, but tbh going back the Monday after makes more sense. The Code gives clear direction for venues to encourage customers to stay at home if they feel unwell, and makes the reallocation of tickets, or where necessary, ticket refunds for unwell patrons a priority. Please see the Government COVID-19 website for more information.. You legally must wear a face covering when you’re travelling to, from or through Auckland on public transport. Ardern said New Zealanders needed to remain vigilant, with a Ministry of Health analysis suggesting the country currently had a 50/50 chance of again eliminating Covid-19 by the end of the month. Bloomfield said airport workers who were customer-facing and port workers going out to ships were higher risk. Asked how long it might have to remain in place, Bloomfield advised it should be kept in place to keep Covid-19 out of the community. 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There were thousands of port workers with several different employers, and different types of workers including drivers who didn't come into contact with cargo. The rest of the country will remain at Alert Level 2. Bloomfield said several options were put forward, but the preferred option was the one that Cabinet adopted. "Do not assume that if you live outside of a centre that we don't want you to get tested, we still do," Ardern says to those who feel sick but don't live in metropolitan areas. The number who tested positive on day 12 was "small". Earlier today, Covid-19 modeller Shaun Hendy said his data shows a 95 percent chance we've eliminated the August Auckland cluster from the community. Act leader David Seymour asked Hipkins: "Did you think to ask South Islanders would they rather be at level 1 and have no Aucklanders?". Ardern says she remains in contact with the Australian government over a possible travel bubble, but reaffirms it's not ready yet. Decision to move Auckland to level 1 due today 5 Oct 2020 Today the government will decide whether Auckland moves to alert level 1 at 11.59pm on Wednesday and, while experts say it's safe to do so, they hope people will remain vigilant to keep the virus out. Ardern is urging people to scan into places they visit when out in the public "and without question, please stay home if you're sick". Ardern says at alert level 3, Treasury estimated the local economy was operating at 80-85 percent. Hipkins said Cabinet receives advice from a number of departments, including health and Treasury, about 24 to 36 hours before D-Day. What do we know about surface transmission of Covid-19? Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed Auckland will move to alert level 1 this week. Auckland University Professor of Medicine Des Gorman talks to Lisa Owen. The only domestic flights leaving from the international terminal were chartered flights for overseas returnees. View our airport updates and frequently asked questions for more information. 1.00pm: Auckland to move to level one on Wednesday night. Updated. Auckland will move to Level 2 at 11.59pm on Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. Auckland Transport services are largely returning to normal operations as the region moves to Alert Level 1 on Wednesday October 7 at 11.59pm. Hipkins said testing was the last line of defence and the protective measures, including PPE and physical distancing, were also important. The five extra days will provide a greater degree of security that we don’t allow further spread by moving Alert Levels too soon. Press J to jump to the feed. Today the government will decide whether Auckland moves to alert level 1 at 11.59pm on Wednesday and, while experts say it's safe to do so, they hope people will remain vigilant to keep the virus out. The Auckland cluster, though, had many unknowns including the source, which still remains unknown. We encourage you to continue tracking where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help with contact tracing, if required. Reti will also ask about why the border-facing workers weren't being regularly tested, even though that was clearly stated as the Government's testing strategy in June. Bloomfield said it was a "rapidly evolving" situation, and that created anxiety. "There has only been one case in the past two weeks and only five people from the cluster are yet to recover.". However, the Prime Minister urged Kiwis to continue using the COVID tracer app and to stay vigilant to COVID-19 symptoms. "The shipping port is the most complex of all of those operations ... we're working through that process.". Keep track of where you’ve been and who you've seen. Queues at the police checkpoints were reduced as the process was expedited, Bloomfield said. Advice on moving to level 1 was yet to be considered, he added. She says there is now a 95 percent probability of the cluster being eliminated, according to research. The director general said there was no advice to have 700,000 people in south and west Auckland to be tested. Workers were also checked for symptoms daily, he said. Cabinet agrees to move Auckland to level 2 and rest of New Zealand to level 1 3:38 pm on 21 September 2020 Auckland is to move to level 2, with eased restrictions on gatherings, at 11.59pm on Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. 38.4k members in the auckland community. This means gatherings of 100 people will be permitted in Auckland, an increase from the current restriction of just 10. 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Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. Bloomfield was asked about the weekend error on the government's Covid website that suggested everyone in south and west Auckland should get etsted for Covid regardless of whether they had symptoms. Hipkins said some families were under "much greater strain than they were pre-Covid", and young people were also "feeling the pressure". Minister for Managed Isolation and Quarantine Megan Woods said the day three test was only one line of defence and the fact there had been no proven transmission outbreak from an MIQ facility showed the system was working. New Zealand, other than Auckland, will move to Alert Level 1 next Monday, September 21 at 11.59pm, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today. Bloomfield added that the number of cases yesterday was higher, but they were all connected to the current Auckland cluster so they were not as concerning as unconnected cases. "That will reduce the length of the tail in the case of this particular outbreak.". New Zealand Auckland alert level eases but would a switch to level 1 benefit NZ? Bloomfield said the process was set up "quite quickly", and halfway through the lockdown there were 100 people working on the process. National has also recently released its Covid border policy, which includes a requirement for overseas arrivals to test negative before being allowed on a flight to New Zealand. Bloomfield said most of the returnees testing positive in MIQ facilities mostly came from day three tests or after they became symptomatic. Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. The first step will be moving Auckland to a full level 2. When Parliament's dissolution was pushed out following the new election date of October 17, National's health spokesman Shane Reti asked for the select committee to reconvene so the party MPs had an opportunity to ask questions of Bloomfield. Epidemiologist Michael Baker agreed there is a high likelihood the virus has been eliminated. Additional mental health support for schools is being looked at, he said. It has been nine days since the last reported community case. Auckland on Wednesday night joined the rest of New Zealand at COVID-19 alert level 1, the first time the super city hasn't been under coronavirus restrictions since the community outbreak in August. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts From July 18 to August 24, 11,647 day three tests were done for 12,240 returnees. The Government has decided to extend alert level 2.5 in Auckland and to also keep the rest of the country at alert level 2. Video, Audio. Auckland will move to alert level 1 on Wednesday at 11.59pm, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. Auckland Artweek will run from October 10-18. Can they be lower? "There were a set of different processes required there, and whenever you do that it's always going to take a wee while to get that up to speed.". Hipkins said at the end of the week a schedule will be released of how often border-facing workers - including airport staff and port workers - will be tested. That meant if the South Island was at level 1 and Aucklanders could travel to a large social gathering in the South Island that would "defeat the purpose" of the different alert level settings. A new air border border was still being finalised, he added, to get the risk profile "even lower". A more regular presence at the ports was being worked on, he added. No new cases of … Bloomfield said the 14-day period in isolation, in addition to testing on around day three and day 12, was the best approach -"not zero risk" - and meant the likelihood of someone taking Covid-19 from MIQ into the community was "very, very low". Port workers weren't being tested as quickly as the airport or MIQ workers, which was why the second round of testing of the port workers was taking longer. Hipkins said each managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facility had 'hot' and 'cold' zones. Not even Covid-19 has put a stop to runaway house prices - with first home buyers spending up to $200,000 more than expected for their first home. Ardern says at alert level 3, Treasury estimated the local economy was operating at 80-85 percent. Neither Hipkins nor Bloomfield could say whether the Rydges hotel maintenance worker was wearing a mask when he used the lift shortly after an infected guest. National MPs are finally getting their chance this morning to grill director general of health Ashley Bloomfield and Hipkins on the Covid-19 response. "Our ultimate goal is to avoid further level 3 lockdowns as much as we possibly can.". The committee chairwoman, Labour MP Louisa Wall, agreed following NZ First supporting National's request. National MP Gerry Brownlee said that reinforced the view that day three testing should be compulsory, but Bloomfield said only people who tested positive hadn't had a day three test, which showed overall the system was working well. Hipkins said the maintenance worker at the Rydges Hotel, who was isolated and close contacts tested, was quickly contained, and if that had been the only case, a lockdown would not have been necessary. At Alert Level 1, there is still a risk of COVID-19 returning to the community. As an essential service, Auckland Airport remains open. Hipkins said there was a two-week standown period for international air crew when they came home, and they were also tested. Given that, there was no hard and fast rule about when future lockdowns might be used. He had yet to be asked for advice about moving to level 1. New Zealand will remain at the existing Alert Levels until Sunday Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 until 11:59pm on 30 August 2020. The pair are appearing before Parliament's health select committee. The rest of the country is on Level 2, and Ms Ardern said both would be extended. PPE was needed for hot zones and there were clear protocols for how to move between zones, including supervision for putting on and taking off PPE. Rest of country to move to Level 2 from midday Wednesday, Auckland to Level 3, as four coronavirus cases confirmed in community. Home Media Chamber Media Releases If we are going to level one – go immediately Friday, 2 nd October, 2020 Government can help give Auckland a new head of steam immediately if the decision is made to shift to Level One and join the rest of the New Zealand by doing the paperwork now to reignite the economy, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO, Michael Barnett. Auckland returns to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 lockdown - what you need to know • Source: 1 NEWS Jacinda Ardern has announced Auckland will be returning to Alert Level 3 lockdown. New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. October 2, 2020 Business, PressRelease Comments Off on If We Are Going To Level One – Go Immediately Press Release – Auckland Business Chamber Government can help give Auckland a new head of steam immediately if the decision is made to shift to Level One and join the rest of the New Zealand by doing the paperwork now to reignite the economy, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO, … The rest of the country will be in alert level 1 from midnight tonight. Cabinet also followed health advice for deciding to keep those settings after the first three days. The Ministry of Health had a very different testing strategy to the one signed off by Cabinet, and Heather Simpson and Sir Brian Roche have now been brought in to ensure the strategy is being properly rolled out. She says ESR is looking at whether spit testing could be a possible testing option going forward, but she wants to make sure it has the same reliability as the current testing. 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