What you need to know:

The following emergency updates affect Wellington Region:

  • The Wellington Region is at Alert Level 1 for COVID-19

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    The Wellington Region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 1

    Alert Level 1 

    At Alert Level 1 we all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community. For more information visit covid19.govt.nz

    If you're sick

    Staying at home if you’re sick is especially important at Alert Level 1. The risk of COVID-19 being spread in the community is much greater when there are no restrictions on gatherings or going out.

    What to do if you're sick

    Get a test if you have symptoms

    If you have cold or flu symptoms, stay home and call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to see if you need a test. 

    COVID-19 symptoms 

    Getting a COVID-19 test

    Maintain good hygiene

    Keep up good hand washing practices, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and drying thoroughly. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Keep surfaces clean.

    Practicing good hygiene

    Face coverings mandatory on public transport

    Face coverings help keep you and others safe

    At Alert Level 1, face coverings legally must be worn:

    • on all public transport to, from and through New Zealand — including on long-distance bus and train journeys, as well as ferries
    • on domestic flights throughout New Zealand
    • by taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you to.

    The requirement to wear face coverings on public transport applies to all of New Zealand at Alert Levels 1 and 2 from 11:59pm 17 February 2021, until further notice. 

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    Keep track of where you’ve been and who you've seen

    At Alert Level 1, there is still a risk of COVID-19 returning to the community. We encourage you to continue tracking where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help with contact tracing, if required.

    You can use the NZ COVID Tracer app on public transport, in workplaces and when visiting businesses and shops. You can also add manual entries for places you've been that do not have a QR code poster. 

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    Alternatively, you can keep your own diary with details of places you’ve visited, the time you were there and who you were with. 

    Public transport operators, workplaces and businesses legally must display the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster to help customers to keep track of where they’ve been.

    Keep your distance

    COVID-19 is contained at Alert Level 1, but it’s still worthwhile to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about. This will help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 if community transmission returns.

    Financial support

    If you’re having trouble with money, there may be support for you.

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