New alert levels and what they mean for you
On the 21 March, the Prime Minister announced an alert system for COVID-19. These set out the public health and social measures that need to be taken in New Zealand.
The alert levels are:
- Level 1 – Prepare
Disease is contained
- Level 2 – Reduce
Disease is contained, but risks of community transmission growing
- Level 3 – Restrict
Heightened risk that disease is not contained
- Level 4 – Eliminate
Likely that disease is not contained
New Zealand is currently at level 2 – Reduce.
The level 2 measures are:
- New Zealand's borders are closed to almost all travellers.
- There are restrictions on mass gatherings and events.
- Physical distancing on public transport (e.g. stay at least one metre away from other passengers and leave the seat next to you empty if you can).
- Limit non-essential travel around New Zealand, which means cutting non-essential domestic travel to help us track and contain any spread of COVID-19 – every unnecessary movement gives COVID-19 a chance to spread.
- Employers start alternative ways of working if possible (e.g. remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing within the workplace, staggering meal breaks, flexible leave arrangements) and business continuity plans are activated(external link).
- People over 70 years of age, people who have compromised immunity or people who have underlying respiratory conditions stay at home as much as they can.
- Schools will be closed if there is a case that affects a school.
Source: Covid19.govt.nz (external link)
For CCS Disability Action this means:
- Our services are open across the country but as of Monday 23rd March all of our branches will be closed. We encourage you to pick up the phone or send us an email, rather than coming into a branch .
- We ask that all Mobility Parking Permit applications are completed by post or online. Please get in touch with us if you're unsure how, we are here to help.
- If you are supported by us, we ask that you read the information we have prepared for all people we support.
- If you have any concerns or queries about your support, contact your usual coordinator.
- Our teams are continuing to prepare to work flexibly as required, so we can continue to offer you high quality and person-directed support.
- We continue to provide support, advocacy and information to disabled people and their whānau across the country.