New Zealand is now at COVID 19 Level 4 - Eliminate
Everyone should stay at home in self isolation. This is the best thing we can all do to stop the spread of COVID-19. This will save lives.
What does self-isolation mean? You can leave your house to:
- Access essential services, like buying groceries, or going to a bank or pharmacy.
- Go to work if you work for an essential service.
- Go for a walk, or exercise and enjoy nature.
If you do leave your house, you must keep a 2 metre distance from other people at all times. Police may be monitoring people and asking questions of people who are out and about during the lock down to check what they are doing.
All non-essential businesses are closed - this includes bars, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds. Essential services will remain open. Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and government services are classified as exempt.
All schools and educational facilities are closed. All indoor and outdoor events are banned.
All of these measures will remain in place for at least four weeks. The government will have zero tolerance for people ignoring these restrictions, and police will be used to enforce them if required.
If you are an overseas visitor this means you should stay in one place for the duration of your stay or get home as quickly as possible. Queenstown Lakes District Council has provided guidance for visiting campers.
New Zealand's cases of COVID-19 are increasing. For a summary of countries and cases see the map here and for the latest information visit the Ministry of Health website or the official government website for COVID19
New border measures came into place on Thursday 19 March at 11.59 pm as New Zealand closed its borders to everyone but citizens and residents. No foreign nationals will be allowed to enter New Zealand.
All New Zealanders returning to NZ are now required to self isolate for 14 days – check information for travellers arriving to New Zealand to find out more. If you travelled to New Zealand from any country you should self-isolate for 14 days from your date of departure. If you arrived more than 14 days ago, you do not need to self-isolate but avoid travelling around New Zealand.
If you have been overseas within the last 14 days and develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, (you must phone ahead of your visit).
If you are too unwell to travel then phone 111 for an ambulance.
If you need a safe place to stay, the Queenstown Lakes District Council has a list of accommodation that can accommodate you here
Everyone should be doing what they can to stop COVID-19 spreading including staying over 2 metres away from anyone not in isolation with your household.
In Wanaka the following events have been cancelled: Warbirds over Wanaka 2020, Aspiring Conversations, the Wanaka Autumn Arts School and the Contact Epic. Follow our Facebook and Instagram to be kept up to date on what's happening in and around the Wanaka region.
Air New Zealand is cutting back its domestic and international schedules and this may also have an impact on your travel plans. Please check the Air NZ website and their FAQs on COVID-19 page for further details. Check with your airline about how and when you can return home.