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Covid update

by Steve Allen -
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Kia Ora AC, 

We are thinking and praying for everyone during this challenging time. It hasn’t been easy but we pray for Gods grace, grace and more grace; especially for those living and working in the Auckland region. Let’s continue to pray for a breakthrough for Auckland to move to Alert level 2 upon next review.  

 Govt. announced a few changes to COVID-19 rules as follows:

·         Auckland continues to remain at Alert Level 3, with a review on Monday 4 October. 

·         Government announcement on new permitted reasons for cross-boundary travel 

The Government announced that additional permitted reasons for people to cross the Alert Level 3 boundary into an Alert Level 2 area will be introduced from 11.59pm tonight, Tuesday 28 September.
Relevant to the tertiary sector, people in Alert Level 3 areas will be permitted to cross the travel boundary into Alert Level 2:

  • if they are going to their principal home or place of residence;
  • if they are relocating their home or place of residence on a permanent or long-term basis as a result of—
    • starting new employment;
    • attending tertiary education.

·         For students: Updated guidance on travel and accommodation

Following these changes, our new guidance to students on cross-boundary travel from an Alert Level 3 area to an Alert Level 2 area is:

  • Students in an Alert Level 3 area are permitted to return to their principal home or place of residence in an Alert Level 2 area, or relocate their home or place of residence on a permanent or long-term basis as a result of attending tertiary education in an Alert Level 2 area.
  • Students in an Alert Level 3 area intending to move into tertiary student accommodation in an Alert Level 2 area should contact their provider before they leave their current accommodation to facilitate this movement.
  • When travelling across an Alert Level boundary, students must carry evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, or a medical certificate confirming they do not have COVID-19 symptoms and, for a particular physical or other need, are unable to have a COVID-19 test. You must get tested or be examined within the 72 hours prior to crossing the Alert Level boundary. (Students should also provide this evidence to student accommodation providers before moving in.) Students must also carry evidence of their purpose of travel and destination e.g. proof of accommodation arrangements when travelling. See Personal travel across an Alert Level boundary | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz) for more information.
  • Once in an Alert Level 2 area, students who have relocated from Alert Level 3 are able to follow Alert Level 2 rules, including attending their tertiary provider and participating in social gatherings, consistent with public health requirements. Students should, however, be alert to symptoms and get tested if any symptoms develop.

The rules for travel and changing accommodation for students in Alert Level 2 areas have not changed.
 
Ngaa mihi,

Leeana