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Covid-19 Information

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 applies
  • All remaining Government vaccine mandates will now end
  • Mandatory seven-day self-isolation of COVID-19 cases is retained
  • Household 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.

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    Rangitīkei District Council is guided by the Ministry of Health on all decision making around Covid-19.