A national state of national emergency was declared on 25 March 2020 at 12:21pm due to COVID-19. The Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Rotorua Lakes District Health Board and Toi te Ora are leading the regional health response to COVID-19. The Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Group Emergency Coordination Centre (GECC) has been activated to assist the national and health response and to manage and coordinate the consequences of COVID-19 in the Bay of Plenty.
As at 11.59pm Wednesday 25th March 2020 New Zealand is in a Level 4 lock-down to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Details can be found here.
The latest updates, information and advice on from the New Zealand Government on COVID-19 can be found on the New Zealand Government website www.covid19.govt.nz
- You may go for a walk or exercise and enjoy nature, but keep a 2 metre distance from people at all times. You can take your children outside.
- Food will always be available – production will continue, distribution will continue, supermarkets will continue. You will always have access to food. You do not need to panic buy.
- Medicines will always be available.
- Healthcare for those that need it will be available.
- Your usual financial support, like benefits, will continue as normal.
- Public transport will only be available for those working in essential businesses, for medical reasons, to move essential goods and to travel to the supermarket.