Like most of us I’m pretty stressed, and struggling to keep up with the rapidly evolving situation. I’m going to ask here that we be extra kind to each other, or at least respectful.
(Ardern’s announcement at midday, commentary via RNZ, a second announcement and Q and A from Ardern around 12.30pm).
New government website http://covid19.govt.nz/ (currently overloaded)
Most people who get covid will have a mild illness. We need to protect the smaller number of those that are at high risk.
We’ve now moved from Level 1 to Level 2 (see below). This means limiting movement, locally and including non-essential domestic travel.
At risk people, the elderly, people with lung or immune issues, need to stay home now as much as possible.
Please check in with neighbours and others in our community to make sure people are ok.
Everyone try to limit distance between people to 1 – 2m. Keep on with the hand washing.
Please shop normally, so that supermarkets can keep up with supplies (we don’t have food or medicine shortages, just excessive demand in places).
The Four Level Alert System
The four levels give everyone clear guidance on what we can do at each stage.
We can move back and forth between levels, depending on how well we adhere to requirements. See Newsroom link below.
NZ is now at alert level 2.
Some countries went from level 1 to 4, we’ve had more time to prepare and slow that down.
NZ’s four levels (from the Spinoff)
1. Where Covid-19 is here but contained.
A preparation phase. Measures include border measures, contact tracing, limits on mass gatherings.
2. Where the disease is contained but risks are going.
Move to reduce contact. Measures include further border measures. Cancel events. Ask people to work remotely where possible and cancel travel.
3. Where the disease is increasingly difficult to contain.
Step things up again. Close public venues. Ask non-essential businesses to close.
4. Where we have sustained transmission.
Eliminate contact altogether. Maintain essential services but ask everyone to stay at home until Covid-19 is under control.
High definition PDF of the four level chart.
Newsroom piece NZ’s new Covid-19 strategy explained, from the 19th (Thurs), with graphs and explanation that I think address how we might move up and down the levels.
My personal view at the moment is that we need to bring everyone into the discussion if possible, because this will enable communities being able to work together. We’re a diverse bunch here and often tend to knock opposing ideas down. But we know from the past that TS can be a place of deeper and more considered discussion and debate even across disagreement. Let’s aim for that again.