What you need to know:

The following emergency updates affect Wellington Region:

  • Pandemic

    The Wellington Region is at COVID-19 ORANGE Traffic Light Setting

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    The Wellington Region is now at the ORANGE Traffic Light Setting

    Read about what life looks like at orange here: Life at Orange | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)

    COVID-19 Traffic Light Setting: Orange 

    The Wellington region is in the ORANGE Traffic Light Setting.

    At Orange, there will be community transmission of COVID-19, with increasing risks to vulnerable communities, and pressure on the health system. Learn what we all need to do:

    How we protect each other

    At Orange, people can continue to do everyday activities. There are restrictions to limit the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable people. But you can go to work, school, gyms, church, restaurants, and many more places.

    Most businesses can open with no restrictions on numbers if they choose to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements, and only allow fully vaccinated people to enter.

    If businesses choose not to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements, there will be limits on the number of people who can be in a venue at one time.

    My Vaccine Pass

    To get your Vaccine Pass go to: My Covid Record | Ministry of Health NZ

    Vaccinations

    Wellington, Hutt Valley, Kapiti & Porirua: Vaccination Centres | Vaccinate Greater Wellington (rph.org.nz)

    Wairarapa: Covid Vaccination | Wairarapa DHB

    What you need to know about the Orange traffic light setting:

    • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, isolate immediately and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about getting a test.  
    • Most businesses can open with no restrictions on numbers if they choose to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements, and only allow fully vaccinated people to enter.

    • If businesses choose not to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements, there will be limits on the number of people who can be in a venue at one time.

    • Take your face covering everywhere you go. These are mandatory in most public places and encouraged in others
    • Make sure you have your 'My Vaccine Pass' ready to be checked. Most places will have restrictions in place. 
    • Keep physically distanced where possible.
    • Keep scanning QR codes and recording everywhere you go. This is to ensure contact tracing can happen quickly if needed. 
    • For an up-to-date list of locations of interest, head to the Ministry of Health website. 
    • Even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.  
    • Get vaccinated - Find your closest walk-in vaccination centre or book online here

    See all the guidance about the Orange traffic like setting at: Life at Orange | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)   

     

    Maintain good hygiene 

    It is important that you use basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces. 

    Healthcare and Wellbeing Support Helplines 

    Health and medical facilities will be open while we are at Alert Level 2.  

    There are a range of people and agencies that can support you if you, or someone you know, need help. 

    If you feel you are not coping, or you have concerns for others, it is important to talk with a Health professional. The following helplines are available for people needing help. 

    For a list of helplines and support services see here: Contact and support | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz) 

    For Emergency services always dial 111 if you or someone else is in immediate danger of harm, or may harm themselves.  

    For heath advice about babies or children contact Plunket on 0800 933 922 

    Support for Pacific people 

    For Pacific communities, there is targeted mental health support available via a dedicated 0800 number. 

    Mental Health support 

    For mental health or addiction support call or text 1737 for help.  

    • Need to Talk? — free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor 

    • Depression Helpline on 0800 111 757 

    Addiction support 

    The Alcohol Drug Helpline offers free support if you have concerns about your drinking and drug use, or  someone else’s. A trained counsellor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

    Family Violence services 

    For support with family violence or sexual violence contact the Family Services 211 Helpline on 0800 211 211 

    • It is okay to leave your bubble to protect yourself or someone else from violence. For advice and support finding safe accommodation contact Women's Refuge on 0800 733 843  

    • If you or someone you know is experiencing Elder abuse, contact the Elder Abuse Helpline on 0800 326 6865 

    Support for Youth 

    • Youthline on 0800 376 633 or text 234 

    Child Safety 

    For concerns about the wellbeing of a child contact Oranga Tamariki on 0508 326 459 

    Support for Rainbow community / LGBTQI+ 

    Financial assistance 

    If you are having trouble with money, there may be support available to you. 

    For more information on financial support, visit the Unite Against COVID website. 

     

    In an emergency 

    If there is another emergency while we are at any COVID-19 setting, you should do what you would normally do.  

    If you feel an earthquake: drop, cover and hold during the shaking. If you’re in a tsunami zone and you feel an earthquake that is either Long (longer than 1 minute), OR Strong (hard to stand up), GET GONE. Evacuately immediately after the shaking stops. 

    - Long OR Strong, GET GONE!

    If you are advised to evacuate by authorities because of a tsunami, flood, fire or other emergency, follow the evacuation advice.  

    Emergency evacuation orders will override the COVID-19 setting requirements. If you have to evacuate and leave your house, take your grab bag with you, wear a face covering around other people if you can, and stay 2 metres away from others where it is safe to do so.  

    Adding a face covering to your grab bag ensures you always have one with you. 

    If life or property is threatened always dial 111 for police, fire or ambulance.