COVID-19 Update

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The Government has announced a regional response to the recent COVID -19 community outbreak in New Zealand. This means that COVID Level 3 protocols are in place for Auckland. The remainder of the country is at COVID Level 2. These Alert Levels are in effect from 6am on Sunday 28 February and will be in place for the next 7 days. For more information click here.

Council offices and the Kaikōura District Library remain open at Alert Level 2 but we ask you to please sign in and observe two meter social distancing.

At Alert Level 2 all Kaikōura District Library events are cancelled. Unfortunately this means we not be running our after school kids space this week either, we ask that all children coming into the Library please be accompanied by an adult. 

Throughout Alert levels, everyone must continue to do their bit to keep New Zealand COVID free.

  • stay home if you’re unwell and get tested
  • keep track of where you’ve been - scan QR codes using the NZ COVID Tracer app and enable Bluetooth tracing on your device. Check that you have Bluetooth tracing enabled on the dashboard of the NZ COVID Tracer app. If you don’t, turn it on now. If you aren’t able to use the app, download or request a COVID Tracer booklet, keep a calendar or diary.
  • practice good hygiene (includes washing your hands often and coughing into your elbow)
  • regularly clean high touch surfaces.


Alert Level 2 guidance

  • Alert level 2 means that social distancing applies, and mass gatherings will need to be limited to 100 people
  • Hospitality businesses must keep groups of customers separated and served by a single person with a maximum of 100 people at a time.
  • You legally must wear a face covering on public transport and aircraft
  • Click here for more information on Alert Level 2 


Vaccination of border workers

  • The first shipment of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived today and will be tested to ensure its safety for use.
  • It is  expected that the vaccine will be offered to border workers from Saturday 20 February, including MIQ health staff.
  • Border workers include MIQ cleaners, nurses who undertake health checks in MIQ, security staff, customs and border officials, airline staff and hotel workers, among others.

We appreciate everyone's efforts so far in supporting the response to COVID-19, thank you for your understanding. 


1 March 2021