West Coast Civil Defence Emergency Management Media release – 26 March 2020
Confirmed Case On the West Coast
We can now confirm that there is a case of Covid-19 on the West Coast. Additional details are available from the Ministry of Health website. Now that we know for certain that the virus has reached our region, we must all be exceptionally vigilant in adhering to the restrictions.
Following the below rules will slow down and eventually stop the spread of the virus. The efforts we personally make to slow the virus will not only potentially save lives, but will also help to significantly reduce the demand on the health services here on the West Coast.
Self-isolation means staying at home. The Government has asked all New Zealanders to stay at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Please only leave your house to:
- Access essential services, like buying groceries, or going to a bank or pharmacy.
- Go to work if you work for an essential service.
- Go for a walk, or exercise and enjoy nature.
If you do leave your house, you must keep a 2 metre distance from other people at all times, only touch items and surfaces when completely necessary, sanitise your hands where possible while out and wash your hands immediately upon returning home.
You may be stopped and questioned by police while out walking or when driving to essential services/work. Please be assured that the purpose of the police presence is to support the public during the Level 4 lockdown. Their aim is to keep us all safe and informed during the Level 4 lockdown, so please feel free to ask them any questions if you see them about.
By making these efforts we can ensure that the cases of COVID-19 in our region are kept to an absolute minimum, and that life will return to normal as soon as possible.
For more information please see www.covid19.govt.nz