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The new Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) is now in place

Bay of Plenty is in Red and Orange

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Whakatane, Kawerau, Opotiki and Rotorua Lakes Districts are at 'Red' setting. Rest of region in Orange.

New Zealand has transitioned to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. All parts of the country are now at Red or Orange. A map is available on the Unite Against Covid-19 website. New Zealand is able to make this transition because our vaccination rates are on track to be some of the highest in the world. At Red and Orange under the Framework, many places will require people to show a My Vaccine Pass to enter. This includes hospitality venues, close-proximity businesses (like hairdressers) and gyms. My Vaccine Pass can also be used at events, retail businesses, gatherings, and public facilities. People who don’t yet have their My Vaccine Pass should sign up to My COVID Record at mycovidrecord.health.nz to download their pass. It can also be requested by calling 0800 222 478. Pharmacies and some vaccination centres are also able to assist people in getting access to their My Vaccine Pass. A list of participating pharmacies is available on the Healthpoint website.

 

  • For fully vaccinated people, life at Orange will feel close to normal. People will be able to go everywhere with their My Vaccine Pass. At Red, there will be capacity limits of 100 at some places.
  • Everyone is encouraged to follow the new rules as we transition to the new Framework (traffic lights), including use of My Vaccine Pass where mandated. This will ensure people are kept safe and businesses are able to remain open and operational.
  • There will be a graduated enforcement model in place to support business compliance, with an emphasis on education first as businesses work out how best to implement new requirements.
  • Police will focus on helping people understand what the changes mean through its education and engagement approach. People will still be able to report a breach of the rules at the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
  • It is expected that there will be COVID-19 cases in communities around New Zealand. Fully vaccinated people are less likely to develop serious illness and less likely to be hospitalised. The new Care in the Community model means most people will be able to safely isolate at home.

Parts of the BOP will move to the RED setting from Friday. Other areas will move to ORANGE

Several Bay of Plenty Districts will move to the RED setting under the Covid Protection Framework ( Traffic lights) system from Dec 3. These districts are: Taupo Lakes District Rotorua Lakes District Whakatane District Opotiki District Kawerau District Other districts in the region- Including Tauranga City and Western Bay- will begin at the ORANGE setting. Currently Bay of Plenty is at Alert Level 2 Delta, Auckland boundary remains closed.

The traffic lights settings will be reviewed every TWO weeks. 

The key difference between the new system and the existing Alert Levels is that vaccinated people will have fewer restrictions under the new system. 

https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/covid-19-protection-framework/

 

 

'Traffic Light' Levels Announced today (Monday Nov 29)

All of Aotearoa New Zealand moves to the Covid Protection Framework (CPF or Traffic Lights) from Friday. The new system allows fewer restrictions for people who are double-dose vaccinated. https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/covid-19-protection-framework/

Covid 19 Delta now across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts

Key Sites For Information locations of interest: https://www.health.govt.nz/.../covid-19-contact-tracing... where to get vaccinated/tested: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/ what to do to care for someone who is sick: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/.../covid-19-health.../ mental health support: text or call 1737 Healthline: 0800 611 116 More locations in our rohe are being added daily (sometimes several times a day) so do keep checking.

The BOP DHB is reporting large numbers of people being tested for Covid 19. They ask for patience while awaiting test results. PLease follow your local DHB on social media for latest information for people in our communities. 

New Zealand Moves to Covid Protection Framework (Traffic light system) from December 3

The new system replaces the alert levels. It allows greater freedoms at each level for people who are vaccinated against Covid 19. for locations of interest, go to https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/contact-tracing-covid-19/covid-19-contact-tracing-locations-interest For where to get tested or to recive your vaccination, fo to https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/bay-of-plenty/ For information on caring for yourself or others at home with Covid 19 go to https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/c/covid-19-positive-care-at-home/

Covid 19 Delta now in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts

For available testing sites, including GP services, see the Healthpoint website: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19. Location details for vaccination centres can be also found on the Healthpoint website: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19-vaccination/bay-of-plenty/. People who are unwell and have symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include: a new or worsening cough, sneezing and runny nose, fever, temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste, sore throat, and shortness of breath.

Advice from the Medical Officer of Health is  that people get tested if they have symptoms, even if these are mild, to help contain further spread of the virus in the community.

 

The MoH says vaccination is the best way to keep yourself, your loved ones and the community safe from the virus.

Other important health measures against COVID-19 include wearing face coverings, using the COVID-19 tracer app, practicing good hand hygiene and maintaining distance from others. 

 

 

The new Covid-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System)

The COVID-19 Protection Framework will replace the existing Levels 1-4 Framework. Once 90% of eligible New Zealanders are fully vaccinated, the new framework will begin. It does not rely on lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading.

 framework

The COVID-19 Protection Framework introduces a new 3-level approach to  COVID-19 in the community:

  • Green
  • Orange
  • Red

Public health measures

Testing, contact tracing and isolation will continue as key tools to minimise any spread of the virus.

Localised lockdowns will still be an option if there is a rapid growth in cases. There may still be  wider lockdowns, similar to the measures in Alert Level 3 or 4. 

To shift between levels, the Government will consider:

  • vaccination coverage
  • capacity of the health and disability system
  • testing, contact tracing and case management capacity
  • the transmission of COVID-19 within the community, including its impact on key populations.

More information will be released in late November.

Vaccination certificate requirements

Requiring a vaccination certificate will be optional for many locations. There will be some higher-risk settings where they will be a requirement in order to open to the public.

At all levels, businesses, retail, and public facilities will generally be able to remain open for vaccinated people.

Businesses, events, organisations, community, and a range of sectors may legally choose to implement a vaccination entry requirement for customers.

If a business, organisation or service does not wish to request proof of vaccine, they will have to operate with strict limits on capacity and space requirements. They may need to close in Orange and/or Red levels.

Heavy rain warning issued for Bay of Plenty, Rotorua - Orange.

A Heavy rain warning has been issued for Bay of Plenty, Rotorua - Orange. Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous. Expect heavy periods of rain. Valid 10pm Thursday to 11am Friday.

Heavy Rain Warning for Bay Of Plenty, Rotorua - Orange

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made or further areas are added.

Issued: 10:24am Thursday, 28th October 2021
Area: Bay Of Plenty
Valid: 10:00pm Thursday to 11:00am Friday

Periods of heavy rain. Expect 70 to 90mm of rain to accumulate in general, but 90 to 120mm of rain is likely in some localized areas. Peak rates of 25 to 35mm/h expected during Friday morning.

Heavy rain warning for Bay of Plenty, east of Opotiki

MetService have issued a 'Heavy rain warning' for Bay of Plenty, east of Opotiki. The warning is in place from 8pm Sunday to 12:00pm Monday. This area can expect 80 to 110m of rain to accumulate. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h.

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

 

Vaccine Rollout Continues- Mandatory for Health and Education workers

Anyone carrying out high-risk work in the health and disability sector must now be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021. From 1 January 2022, schools and early learning services and providers will need to maintain a register, and ensure only vaccinated staff and support people have contact with children and students. They need to have their first dose by 15 November. This includes home-based educators, and all those support people in our schools and early learning services such as teacher-aides, administration and maintenance staff and contractors.


Northland update

Northland will stay at Alert Level 3 for a further three days until at least 11:59pm, Thursday 14 October. Cabinet will review these settings on Wednesday.

People in Northland showing any symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, are encouraged to come forward and get a test. This will provide assurance there are no undetected cases are present in the community.

The two most important things Northlanders can do to return to Level 2 are get tested and get vaccinated.

 

Auckland update

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3, Step 1 for a week until at least 11:59pm, Monday 18 October. Cabinet will review this decision next Monday.

Schools will not open on Monday 18 October and further public health advice will be provided next week. Instead, distance learning will recommence at the beginning of Term 4.

 

Waikato update

Waikato will remain in Alert Level 3 until at least 11.59pm, Thursday 14 October.

People are asked to continue monitoring and to get tested if showing any symptoms. This is still a time to be vigilant.

Waikato had the largest increase in vaccinations of any region in New Zealand last week jumping 5% for first doses, which is equivalent to nearly 17,000 people getting their first vaccination. 79% of the eligible Waikato population have had at least one dose.

Vaccine Rollout Push Continues - Mandatory vaccination for health and education workers

High-risk workers in the health and disability sector will need to have had their first dose by 30 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021. School and early learning staff and support people who have contact with children and students will need to have had their first dose by 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. Vaccine update Over 5.8 million doses have now been administered in New Zealand. 3.4 million New Zealanders (82% of people age 12 and over) have had at least one dose, and 2.3 million (57% of people age 12 and over) are fully vaccinated. If you haven't booked your vaccine appointments in please do so as soon as possible. You may be able to book directly at your local general practice, community pharmacy, or hauora provider - to find out visit www.healthpoint.co.nz or www.karawhiua.nz Northland update Northland will stay at Alert Level 3 for a further three days until at least 11:59pm, Thursday 14 October. Cabinet will review these settings on Wednesday. People in Northland showing any symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, are encouraged to come forward and get a test. This will provide assurance there are no undetected cases are present in the community. The two most important things Northlanders can do to return to Level 2 are get tested and get vaccinated. Auckland update Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3, Step 1 for a week until at least 11:59pm, Monday 18 October. Cabinet will review this decision next Monday. Schools will not open on Monday 18 October and further public health advice will be provided next week. Instead, distance learning will recommence at the beginning of Term 4. Waikato update Waikato will remain in Alert Level 3 until at least 11.59pm, Thursday 14 October. People are asked to continue monitoring and to get tested if showing any symptoms. This is still a time to be vigilant. Waikato had the largest increase in vaccinations of any region in New Zealand last week jumping 5% for first doses, which is equivalent to nearly 17,000 people getting their first vaccination. 79% of the eligible Waikato population have had at least one dose. Mandatory vaccination for health and education workers High-risk workers in the health and disability sector will need to have had their first dose by 30 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021. School and early learning staff and support people who have contact with children and students will need to have had their first dose by 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.


Northland update

Northland will stay at Alert Level 3 for a further three days until at least 11:59pm, Thursday 14 October. Cabinet will review these settings on Wednesday.

People in Northland showing any symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, are encouraged to come forward and get a test. This will provide assurance there are no undetected cases are present in the community.

The two most important things Northlanders can do to return to Level 2 are get tested and get vaccinated.

 

Auckland update

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3, Step 1 for a week until at least 11:59pm, Monday 18 October. Cabinet will review this decision next Monday.

Schools will not open on Monday 18 October and further public health advice will be provided next week. Instead, distance learning will recommence at the beginning of Term 4.

 

Waikato update

Waikato will remain in Alert Level 3 until at least 11.59pm, Thursday 14 October.

People are asked to continue monitoring and to get tested if showing any symptoms. This is still a time to be vigilant.

Waikato had the largest increase in vaccinations of any region in New Zealand last week jumping 5% for first doses, which is equivalent to nearly 17,000 people getting their first vaccination. 79% of the eligible Waikato population have had at least one dose.

The Waikato Level 3 Boundary has been extended

Two cases identified in Waikato are outside the existing north west Waikato Alert Level 3 boundary - in Kāwhia and Karapiro. Waikato’s Alert Level 3 boundary has been extended to cover the Waitomo District, including Te Kuiti, as well as the Waipa and Otorohanga Districts. This is a strict Alert Level 3. The easing of restrictions in Auckland does not apply in the Waikato. The Bay of Plenty region remains at level 2 with additional Delta restrictions. see www.covid19.govt.nz for updates.

The extended Waikato boundary includes Hamilton Airport, and restrictions on travel by air will be in place. People will only be able to travel out of Alert Level 3 for limited permitted reasons.
People outside the Alert Level 3 boundary who have travel booked through Hamilton airport and don’t have a permitted reason for travel will not be able to enter in to the Alert Level 3 area and should amend their booking as necessary.
Travel out and in of the area by road is also restricted. People permitted to travel over the boundary should carry evidence of why they are travelling. Police will be patrolling.



Auckland and Waikato at Alert level 3, Bay of Plenty and rest of Aotearoa New Zealand at Alert Level 2

Digital vaccination certificates coming in November An online portal where you can view your COVID-19 records called My Covid Record will include your test results and digital vaccination certificates. My Covid Record launches to the public in mid-October where you will be able to view your vaccination records. From the end of November, you will be able to download digital vaccination and COVID-19 test certificates for use in New Zealand and overseas. Domestic certificates will help ensure we are reducing the risk of the virus spreading at large gatherings and events over the summer and into next year.

If you need proof of vaccination before the end of November, you can request a letter from the Ministry of Health which confirms your vaccination status – this takes up to 10 working days. 

A vaccination letter from the Ministry of Health will include:

  • your name
  • your date of birth
  • your NHI number
  • the name of the vaccine you had
  • the batch number
  • the number of doses you’ve received and dates administered.

Request a vaccination confirmation letter 

The letter includes the personal information The Ministry of health holds about your vaccination in the COVID Immunisation Register (CIR), and your personal details which are linked to your National Health Index (NHI) number.

 

You can request a vaccination letter at any point. However, if you request a letter after your first vaccination, the letter will only show proof of one vaccination. 

MOH recommend waiting until you are fully vaccinated to request a confirmation letter.

MOH aim to respond to all requests in maximum 10 working days. If you've provided all the required details including your NHI number, your request will be processed much faster.

Alert level 'Delta 2' restrictions continue for rest of Aotearoa/New Zealand. While Auckland is at Alert Level 3

The rest of the country will remain at Alert Level 2 as long as Auckland remains at a higher Alert Level.

People need to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if they develop any symptoms.

If someone has worked, been in a household or attended an indoor gathering where someone confirmed with COVID-19 has visited, they must stay home, monitor symptoms of COVID-19, call Healthline if feeling unwell and check locations of interest here.