What you need to know:
The following emergency updates affect Porirua:
Eliminate - Likely that COVID-19 is not contained.
The latest news on COVID-19 (coronavirus):
Information on confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand is available on the Ministry of Health website.
Alert Level 4 - Eliminate
New Zealand is now at Alert Level 4 to stop and eradicate COVID-19. The Government's 'Unite against COVID-19' website spells out what this means for you.
In a nutshell, what does Alert Level 4 mean?
- Staying at home is essential, however, you can leave your home for fresh air, a walk, and to exercise. You may go outdoors with the people you are living in self-isolation with, however, you MUST stay at least two metres away from other people. Carry out your movements as though you 'have' COVID-19 to prevent transmission.
- Police may be monitoring and asking questions of people who are seen out and about during the lockdown to check what they are doing.
- Supermarkets, doctors, pharmacies, petrol stations, essential banking services, will all be available throughout New Zealand. The supermarket will be there for you today, tomorrow, and the day after that. We must give time for supermarkets to restock their shelves, there will be enough for everyone if we all shop normally.
- Public transport is available for those who are working in essential services, and for those needing to access the supermarkets, pharmacies and banking. In the Wellington region, train and bus services are free until June. Read more in the 'Public transport' heading below.
- Educational facilities are closed. Read more in the 'Schools' heading below.
- There will be a major reprioritisation of our healthcare services.
Read more about the national alert levels for COVID-19 and what it means for you.
Links to more information on COVID-19:
Find out about the help and support available (including the Wellington Region COVID-19 Helpline):
Information and updates from the NZ Government:
Head to the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website for everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place. This includes the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and slow its spread. Find out what help is available and get the latest updates.
Visiting COVID19.govt.nz is the fastest way to find help and advice about the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand. If you’re not sure what assistance may be available, or don’t know who to contact for help, call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8 am–1 am, 7 days a week). For advice and support for essential businesses please contact 0800 22 66 57 (9 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday).
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a fever (at least 38°C)
- a cough
- shortness of breath.
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.
Got COVID-19 symptoms? Call your GP before you visit. Or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
Get health advice and the latest updates on confirmed cases in New Zealand from the Ministry of Health website.
The declaration of a national state of emergency and our role:
A state of national emergency has been declared today under section 66 of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. This is to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and reduce its impact within New Zealand. This means that Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) now leads the pandemic response alongside Health, with the Ministry of Health managing the health aspects and CDEM leading the coordination of all other aspects.
At a regional level, the Wellington Region Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group will lead and coordinate the response to ensure efforts are integrated across agencies in the Wellington Region: Kāpiti Coast, Lower Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt, Wairarapa and Wellington City. The CDEM Group is made up of the region’s nine councils, emergency services, lifeline utilities, the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and other agencies with CDEM responsibility including welfare agencies.
Read the latest information on the government website covid19.govt.nz.
Schools are closed.
Early learning services, schools, kura and tertiary education providers are closed from Thursday 25 March for four weeks.
School holidays will start early, beginning Monday, 30 March to Tuesday, 14 April inclusive. During the holiday break, we will support schools to develop e-learning and other distance learning options for when Term 2 begins.
Tertiary providers are moving to full distance learning as quickly as possible.
You can find more information on the Ministry of Education website.
Public transport is free until June.
Train and bus services are now free until June, and is available only for people working in essential services, or for those needing to access supermarkets, pharmacies and health facilities. Train services are now operating on a 'special weekend schedule', and bus services are operating on a Sunday schedule.
Ferry services have been suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 period.
For more information, visit the Metlink website.
The NZ Government's Unite Against COVID-19 website recommends the following:
"On public transport, try to stay at least one metre away from other passengers, and leave the seat next to you empty if you can."
You may drive if you are working in essential services, or if you are going to the supermarket, the pharmacy, the bank or to access healthcare. Unless travel is essential, stay home.
Your Porirua City Council rubbish and recycling collections will continue as normal until further notice.
Household rubbish collections
Porirua City Council have a large stock of rubbish bags and they will be distributed to local supermarkets to purchase. Additionally, one may purchase council rubbish bags at the Porirua City Council reception at 16 Cobham Court until 5pm on Wednesday, 25 March.
For more information about Porirua City Council's rubbish collections, visit their household rubbish collections webpage.
If you have a private wheelie bin, please check in with your collector to ask whether their service will continue during this time.
For more information about Porirua City Council's recycling, visit their recycling collections webpage.
Contact the Porirua City Council