This summer will be our first under COVID-19 conditions. It’s important we look after ourselves and our whānau over the festive season and summer holidays. We all need to work together to keep COVID-19 out of Tairāwhiti this summer.
What we all need to do
We understand that the pull of home is strong for our whānau, family and friends. Come home and enjoy the festivities and time with your whānau. However, we all need to keep in mind the well being of our people especially our elderly.
We all want an uninterrupted summer — uninterrupted by the weather and uninterrupted by COVID-19. Here are four simple things we can all do to keep each other safe and make our summer unstoppable.
1. Scan QR Codes
Scanning QR codes with the NZ COVID Tracer app keeps us one step ahead of the virus — the more we scan the safer we’ll be.
Scanning QR codes wherever you go is especially important when on holiday because you might not remember all the places you visit. Keep your phone handy to make scanning in quick and easy, especially when shops are crowded.
Taking a few seconds to scan means we can quickly let you know when you have visited a place where you may have been exposed to the virus. You can then take steps to protect yourself and your whānau.
If you do not use the app, use whatever method works for you, like the NZ COVID Tracer booklet.
2. Turn on Bluetooth tracing
Bluetooth tracing allows you to receive an alert if you’ve been near another app user who tests positive for COVID-19. Bluetooth tracing is great for large gatherings and events, like music festivals, when you’re surrounded by people you do not know.
Bluetooth tracing does not replace the need to scan NZ COVID Tracer QR codes. You still need to scan QR codes to keep track of where you’ve been. Bluetooth tracing is an added tool — it helps keep track of the people we’ve been near.
When you turn on Bluetooth tracing, your privacy is always protected — it cannot share your location, your name or anything else about you.
3. Stay home if you are sick
Do not travel, go to events, or take part in activities if you’re unwell. If you’re feeling unwell, it’s critical you stay at home and recover. If have to go out, wear a mask.
If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms while on you’re on holiday, do not wait until you get home. Call Healthline or your doctor to see about getting a test.
COVID-19 testing services will continue over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. If you’re away from home, you’ll still be able to access tests.
By getting a test, you’re helping keep the community safe.
4. Wash Your hands
Washing your hands is 1 of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe. Wash often. Use soap. 20 seconds. Then dry. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble. Always cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Staying safe at summer events
Many of us will be travelling around New Zealand and going to big events this summer. Shops will be more crowded than usual, and we’ll be going to more social gatherings.
Here are some things you can do over our first summer under COVID-19 conditions:
- Have your phone ready to make scanning QR codes quick and easy.
- You could pack a summer essentials bag if you’re travelling, with hand sanitiser, face coverings, cleaning products and a booklet for contact tracing. You never know what facilities will be available at the places you’re visiting.
- Keep some hand sanitiser in your pocket or bag. It’s a convenient way to keep your hands clean when you’re out and about.
- Shops and events can be very crowded at this time of year, but try and keep your distance from people you do not know.
Hosting whānau or friends this summer?
- If you or anyone in your home is sick, do not host gatherings or invite people into your home. It might be tempting to continue with your holiday plans, but you can play an important role in not spreading illness, including COVID-19, to your friends, whānau and family.
- Actively encourage friends and whānau who are unwell to not attend your family events. Do not place pressure on people to attend events if they are unwell. This is important to protect our most vulnerable loved ones.
- If they have COVID-19 symptoms they must get tested.
- If you are hosting or inviting people into your home, encourage them to wash and dry their hands, or sanitise their hands upon arrival; and practice good hygiene. If able, have some hand sanitiser available for use.
- If you’re hosting a gathering, consider holding your event outdoors. The more space people have, the harder it is for COVID-19 to spread if it is in the community.
- If you are renting out your bach or home, make sure you have a QR Code Poster in a prominent place at or near the main entrance. Find out how: https://qrform.tracing.covid19.govt.nz/ and have masks available for people using it.
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