Covid-19 Information Listen Changes to Covid-19 Response The Government’s announcement yesterday about changes to the response to Covid-19. The changes came into effect from 11.59pm Monday 12 September 2022. The main messages are that masks and mandates are no longer mandatory; and the Protection Framework (the traffic lights) has been removed. What does this means: All capacity limits have been removed Any distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces no longer appliesAll remaining Government vaccine mandates will now endMandatory seven-day self-isolation of COVID-19 cases is retainedHousehold contacts are no longer required to isolate, there is new guidance around testing applies instead – people are asked to undertake a daily RAT every day for 5 days Face coverings are now only mandatory in healthcare settings.However, they are recommended if: you are a household contact of a case; you are at a higher risk of severe illness; you want to reduce your risk of becoming unwell; there are many vulnerable people present at an indoor space; or you are in a crowded indoor space where you cannot physically distance. For latest news and information visit covid19.govt.nz. Rangitīkei District Council is guided by the Ministry of Health on all decision making around Covid-19.