Taranaki at Alert Level 3

Taranaki and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand south of Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 on 1 September 2021.

Group Manager at Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Todd Velvin says the move to Alert Level 3 in Taranaki is the result of everyone doing their bit. 

"It's a real testament to everyone in Taranaki who took the public health guidelines seriously.

"There were a number of close contacts throughout the region who did the right thing by isolating at home and getting tested. Their actions kept the rest of us safe from a potential outbreak. 

"The Taranaki DHB and iwi health providers did a terrific job by rolling out the testing stations and getting through thousands of people these past few weeks, as well as running large vaccination clinics for essential workers and their whānau," says Todd. 

At Alert Level 3 the golden rules are largely the same: keep your bubble tight, work from home if you can, wear a face covering and keep your distance in public, stay local, and keep scanning.

You can expand your bubble to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers. You cannot invite friends or whānau who are not in your bubble to your home until Level 2. 

"Now's a great time to support your local businesses in a safe way. When you do go down for your fix at your local café or wherever, take a face covering with you and keep your distance from others. 

"Stay the course and we'll get through this again," says Todd.