We’re doing great easing into our new normal, and with bars able to re-open as of today Taranaki Civil Defence is reminding people of the importance of tracking their whereabouts and playing it safe.
“Recording where you go and who you’re with is an integral part of making alert level 2 a success,” says Alternate Group Controller Todd Velvin.
“We know people will be looking forward to catching up with friends and family while supporting local businesses, please keep a record of where you go and who you’re with,” says Todd.
Ways you can keep track of your movements:
- keeping a list in a safe place
- keeping a diary/notebook
- using an app to record your movement, or
- taking time-stamped photos of where you have been.
Try to keep track of the 3 Ws:
- Where you went.
- When you went there.
- Who you
The Ministry of Health has created a tracing app called NZ COVID Tracer(external link). This app works by scanning a QR code on a poster at participating businesses. The app then keeps track of where you have scanned so that you know where you have been. If you don't have a smartphone, you can still register online to share your latest contact information.
“Choose the contact tracing method that works best for you,” says Todd. “The quicker people can be contacted who might have come into contact with COVID-19, the quicker we can stop the spread of the virus in New Zealand."
“It’s a good idea to encourage family, whānau and friends to do the same,” says Todd.
Businesses and venues will have their own requirements for collecting information to help with contact tracing. It’s important to follow their processes when visiting different premises.
“Continue to be patient, be kind and be sensible if you’re heading out,” says Todd.
Other points to help you play it safe in alert level 2:
- Continue to keep a 2 metredistance from people you don’t know.
- Record journeys on public transport including which service you’re on, the stops you used and the time.
- If you feel sick stay home, andcontact your GP or Healthline to get tested.
- Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly is one of the best things you can do to stay safe.
- Continue to be kind, particularly when out shopping.
Visit the COVID-19 website(external link) for more information on Level 2 details.
The most up to date information on COVID-19 is on www.covid19.govt.nz(external link).
For all Ministry of Health updates visit www.health.govt.nz/covid-19(external link) and for Taranaki DHB updates visit www.tdhb.org.nz(external link).
For the latest Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management updates, visit our website www.cdemtaranaki.govt.nz(external link) and Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Facebook page(external link)
For information on Alert Level 2 visit: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/(external link)