What you need to know:

The following emergency updates affect Upper Hutt:

  • The Wellington Region is at Alert Level 2 for COVID-19

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    The Wellington Region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2

    Alert Level 2 

    From Monday 31 August, Auckland dropped to Alert Level 2 with additional restrictions on gatherings. The rest of the country remains at Alert Level 2. These settings will be reviewed again on 21 September. 

    What you need to know

    Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still go to work and school, but you must:

    • Keep your distance from other people in public
    • Wash your hands
    • Sneeze and cough into your elbow
    • Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen
    • Wear a mask if you can
    • If you are sick, stay home
    • If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and get tested
    • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces
    • Wear a face covering on public transport
    • If you have been told to self-isolate, you must do so immediately

    We need to continue to work together to keep our fellow New Zealanders safe.

    If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, get tested for free

    Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen by downloading the NZ COVID Tracer app

    For more information visit the COVID-19 website.

    Face coverings
    • From Monday 31 August it is compulsory for everyone aged 12 and over to wear a face covering on public transport and planes during Alert Level 2 and above.
    • There are exemptions for certain health, disability and practicality reasons. 
    • They don’t need to be worn:
      • By children under 12
      • On school buses
      • On charter or group tours
      • On interisland ferries
      • On private flights
      • By private contractors of air services such as top-dressers
      • These groups are already likely within each other’s bubbles as part of a registered group or have space to physically distance.
    • In addition, face coverings do not need to be worn by:
      • Passengers of small passenger vehicles, such as taxis and uber. But drivers will be required to wear masks.
      • People with a disability or physical or mental health condition that makes covering their face unsuitable.
      • There will be other times when it is not required – such as in an emergency, if unsafe, if people need to prove their identity or to communicate with someone who is deaf, or if required by law.
    Gatherings, events, funerals and tangihanga
    • No more than 100 people are permitted at gatherings - including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga. 
    • Visit the COVID-19 website for more information. 
    Public venues
    • Many public venues such as museums, cinemas, food courts and markets are open at Alert Level 2. However, there are restrictions in place including the requirement to keep groups of attendees 1 metre apart. Some venues may stay shut if they can’t open safely.

    Workplaces and businesses
    • At Alert Level 2 businesses can operate if they are able to do so safely.
    • Businesses should maintain hygiene measures, including physical distancing, hand washing, and regularly cleaning surfaces.
    • If you can continue to work from home, or arrange flexible hours, this will minimise impact of transport networks.

    For more information on how businesses will operate at Level 2, visit the COVID-19 website, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment or call 0800 226 657.

     Travel and transport
    • Keep track of what travel services you use and who you have been in contact with.
    • Follow the physical distancing instructions from your transport operators.
    • You must not travel if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting a test or if you need to self-isolate.
    • Try to limit taking public transport, or use at off-peak times. Expect wait times. Plan ahead and be respectful of others who may need it more urgently. For more information on buses, trains and harbour ferries, visit the Metlink website.
    • Total mobility will continue to cover 50% of the fare up to the maximum subsidy amount of $80, and customers pay the remainder, visit the Metlink website. 

    For more information on travel and transport visit the COVID-19 website.

    • Early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities will all open at Alert Level 2.
    • Workplace-based learning will be conducted within the specific rules applicable to the relevant industry.
    • Additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

    For more information on education visit the Ministry of Education website, the COVID-19 website or contact your school.

    At-risk people

    Guidance for at-risk people can be found on the COVID-19 website.

    Support for foreign nationals

    If you are a foreign national seeking support visit: foreignnationals.services.govt.nz or call: 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276).

    Self-isolation, quarantine and testing

    At Alert Level 2, people who are probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19, or who are a close contact of a case, will have to quarantine for 14 days.

    People arriving from overseas will continue to be placed in managed-isolation for 14 days, or quarantine if they are showing symptoms.

    Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested — contact your doctor or call Healthline on  0800 358 5453.

    For a list of testing centres throughout New Zealand, visit the COVID-19 or Ministry of Health Website.

Contact information

Contact the Upper Hutt City Council  

Phone: 04 527 2169
Email: askus@uhcc.govt.nz
Website: http://upperhuttcity.com/ 

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