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“It’s great news that we have been able to drop down a level but after doing the mahi for the past two weeks, now is not the time for complacency,” Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said.
“In a lot of ways Level 3 is very much like Level 4 – but the good news is many businesses can get back to work on a contact-less basis. But schools and kura will be open only for children in Years 1 to 10 whose parents or carers need to go to work and have no available options for childcare. All young people in Years 11, 12 and 13 should learn from home. “For many of us and our whanau, Level 3 means continuing to stay in our bubbles, keeping our distance and shopping without contact.”
“If you can work from home, you should continue to do this. And if you are leaving your home to exercise or get supplies – stay local and keep a 2-metre distance from those outside your bubble.”
Carterton Mayor Greg Lang emphasised the need for continued use of scanning and face coverings.
“Gatherings are limited to 10 people and only for weddings and funerals.” “Workers who can’t work from home, can now come into the workplace at businesses that can operate safely under Alert Level 3.
Operating safely means employees and any visitors and customers wearing face coverings, keeping a record of visits and ensuring people keep at least 2-metres physical distance. But if you can work from home, you should continue to do so.”
South Wairarapa Mayor Alex Beijen reminded people of the need for continued mask use. “Face coverings and scanning-in using the COVID Tracer app will be mandatory in more places, as more businesses and services can operate at Alert Level 3. It is encouraged that whenever you leave the house, you wear a face covering.
“Travel is still restricted at Level 3 – you can travel locally but not between regions. You can travel for work, school, recreation, to go to the supermarket, pharmacy or for medical reasons. You can also travel to pick up goods in a contactless way. However, playgrounds and skateparks continue to be closed.” “We are getting there – but we are not yet at the finish line. The quickest way to get there is to keep following the rules.”