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2021 COVID Key Messages

Ministry of Education continues to update schools with key information to share with our communities.

The key message for us all is to remain calm and continue to do our best to protect ourselves, which is why it’s important to:

  • regularly wash and dry your hands

  • cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow

  • practise physical distancing if you don’t know someone

  • stay home if you’re unwell and seek advice about getting tested

  • scan QR codes.

Using the COVID-19 Tracer app including its Bluetooth functionality gives our colleagues in Health the best and quickest chance of contact tracing, which is an important element of keeping us safe and maintaining our privileged position at Alert Level 1.

As we have a long weekend ahead, key messages for travel:-

Be kind about your travel – Covid-19 affects us all differently and those around you or at your destination may be more at risk from Covid-19.

  • If you're sick, stay home and do not travel.

  • If you become unwell while travelling, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 straightway for advice, do not wait until you get home.

  • If you're advised to get a test, do so from wherever you are in the country. Do not wait until you get home to get a test.

  • Track your travel -use the NZ COVID Tracer app with Bluetooth on to keep track of where you go.

  • Travel safely - Wash your hands well and often, think about whether you can limit the number of stops along your journey, take face coverings with you and wear them whenever you can’t keep your distance from people you don’t know.

  • Wearing face coverings on public transport, or when you can’t keep your distance from people you don’t know, gives you an extra layer of protection.

  • Remember there are some places face coverings must be worn including on all public transport to, from and through Auckland — including on long-distance bus and train journeys, as well as Auckland ferries, on domestic flights throughout New Zealand and by Auckland taxi and ride-share drivers.

When you arrive at your destination, remember: scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer App everywhere you go, turn on your Bluetooth, wash your hands well and often and if you feel unwell, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 straightway for advice.

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