17 March 2020
Emergency Management Otago is supporting the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low.
New border measures are in place as of Monday 16 March. Most travellers arriving in New Zealand are now required to self isolate for 14 days – check information for travellers arriving to New Zealand to find out more.
If you have been overseas within the last 14 days and develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, including phoning ahead of your visit.
The Government has advised public events or mass gatherings where 500 or more people are together in one place, at one time should be cancelled. More information and advice on events
The Ministry of Education has advice on COVID-19 for early learning services, schools and kura, tertiary institutions, and parents, caregivers and whānau of learners.
Media coverage or public discussion of COVID-19 may affect you. It’s normal to feel distressed and experience symptoms of stress in this time. Tips for managing your own mental wellbeing