This information about COVID-19 Alert Level 4 is up to date as of Friday 3 April 2020. This information will be updated when the official information changes. You need to read all the updates that come to you.
About COVID-19 Alert Level 4
New Zealand has a four-level COVID-19 Alert System. This Alert System tells us what to do to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19.
We are at Level 4 of the alert system now.
We will probably stay at Level 4 for several weeks.
It is the first time this has ever happened, so it is a new experience for everyone. We are all learning about what to do and what not to do.
Here is some information about what to do during Alert Level 4.
Staying at home – what it means
We are at Alert Level 4 because right now, a virus called COVID-19 is spreading fast around the world. A virus is something that can make people sick. Viruses can spread from one person to another.
The COVID-19 virus is spreading from person to person very fast. It is making a lot of people very sick. Some people can die. It is easy for COVID-19 to spread when people are close to each other and touching the same things.
The New Zealand Government decided the best way to stop COVID-19 from spreading is to keep people apart for a while so that they cannot spread the virus to each other. The best way to do this is for everyone in New Zealand to stay at home.
* You must stay at home, unless you are an “essential worker” and have been told you must go to work;
*You must stay at least two metres away from everyone unless they are the people who live with you and your essential support workers. Two metres is about the same length as your bed.
*Don’t worry. During this time, you will still be able to get everything you need to live, including medicine and food.
You might see more police working and talking to people. They will be checking to make sure that everybody is following the rules and staying at home as much as possible.
Some businesses are still open because their job is to provide food, medicine, healthcare, or other things we need. The Government is calling these businesses, “essential businesses”.
The Government are calling people who work at essential businesses, “essential workers”.
If you are an essential worker, your work will have told you already.
If your work has not told you that you are an essential worker, you must stay at home.
If you are not an essential worker, your work may ask you to keep doing your work at home.
If you are not an essential worker and you cannot do your work at home, you will need to stay at home and stop working during Alert Level 4.