Due to decreasing case numbers and hospitalisations across the motu, Aotearoa moved to Orange.
There are no capacity limits indoor or outdoors. However there is extra guidance on holding safe events. Extra precautions are encouraged for organising larger events of 500+ people.
Face masks are still required for many indoor settings.
There are no changes to the 7-day self-isolation requirement, if you, or someone you live with gets COVID-19.
Bars and restaurants are no longer required to enforce seating and seperation rules.
Kia mataara e te whānau, Omicron remains a threat to our communities. For the safety of all our whānau and communities, please be cautious for our vulnerable whānau who are at a higher risk of long-term health impacts from COVID-19.
IWI RESPONSE PLAN
While COVID-19 continues to threaten our health and wellbeing, we are committed to protecting our whānau from the harmful effects of the virus.
Here are some of the ways in which we will support our whānau and local community:
Weekly COVID & vaccination information updates on our Facebook page
COVID-19 Home Care Kits (Hauora kits) for our Kaumatua and Kuia in Harataunga (Kennedy Bay and Mataora)
IMMUNISATION FOR WHĀNAU
All whānau have the right, to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. Whatever you decide as a whānau, you will still be able to access support if needed. For those of us who can, getting vaccinated may help us to take care of the people we love and reduce the chances of getting seriously ill.
If you have questions about the vaccine, seek out trusted sources of information and kōrero with whānau, hapū, iwi and community members about how you can keep our communities safe. For more information go to www.karawhiua.nz
TAMARIKI AGED 5-11 YEARS OLD
Immunisations are an important way to keep our tamariki safe. Tamariki aged 5-11 can now get a child's version of the Pzifer vaccine. It is a lower dose and volume than the adult vaccine. Two doses, eight weeks apart are required to fully protect tamariki.
While COVID-19 generally has milder effects on tamariki, who may have cold symptoms, some may become severely ill and need hospitalisation. Like adults, immunised tamariki can help protect vulnerable whānau (to COVID-19), or unvaccinated tamariki under 5.
HAVE A WHĀNAU PLAN
With new variants of COVID-19 emerging, like Omicron, it’s important to have a whānau plan in case someone gets ill. While being vaccinated doesn’t stop COVID-19 infections, most people get a mild to moderate illness and can recover in their own home.
Make a plan, share it with whānau and friends, and find out where else you can get help from. It will make it much easier to manage if you or your whānau have to isolate at home for a period. There are great examples of whānau plans and checklists at:
SELF ISOLATING AT HOME DUE TO COVID-19
Many people may be able to self-isolate at home with help from friends and whānau. There is also help available if you need it – both with health support and access to food and other essentials.
If you know anyone affected by COVID-19 who may need help, like food and other financial assistance, Work and Income has a range of supports available for individuals, families, employers and self-employed people affected by COVID-19.
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Whānau Health Centres can help whānau around Hauraki to get a supervised Covid-19 PCR or RAT test. For more information call 0508 835 676 or visit Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.
For whānau living elsewhere around Aotearoa visit the COVID-19 website.