On Monday afternoon Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced that the country would move into full lockdown on Wednesday at 11:59 pm.
New Zealand’s alert level rose to three on Monday afternoon, giving New Zealander’s 48 hours to prepare for level four.
The country will now remain at level four for four weeks from Wednesday at 11:59pm, the Prime Minister said at a press conference on Monday.
This means that all New Zealander’s should stay at home, unless visiting essential services. Non-essential businesses like bars, cafes, gyms and cinemas will close, but supermarkets and pharmacies and other essential services will remain open
The Prime Minister also announced the closure of schools on Monday afternoon.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced that the Government almost doubled how much it will spend on its wage subsidies, opening the scheme up to all companies in New Zealand.
“We will make sure that all New Zealanders continue to receive some form of income through this period,” the Finance Minister said.
Tasman Mayor Tim King says that this situation is ‘unprecedented,’ but that the people of Tasman need to work together and be kind to each other.
“We are in this together. We have proven through our experience of natural disasters over the last two years that Tasman people know how to care for each other,” Tim says.
“This time the care may have to be delivered remotely, but it doesn’t remove the need to be kind and respectful to each other.”
There are now Ten known cases of Covid-19 in the Nelson/Tasman region.
Tim says that as an essential service, the council will continue to operate and while doors will be closed, the council will continue to maintain key community services such as water, wastewater, and refuse collection. Tim says that the council has been working behind the scenes for months to prepare for this.
“We don’t have all the answers at the moment, but I can assure we will be working with the central government lead agencies to gather as much information as possible,” Tim says.
“As soon we know more about how the rapidly evolving situation will affect our communities, we will get it to you.”
Tim says that not everyone in the region has the ability to work from home, and not in the best position to manage the current situation.
“Again, be kind.”
“We are in this together and the only way we are going to beat this is as a united community. “