4 new cases of COVID-19 have just been confirmed in Auckland. New Zealand Prime Minister has announced that as of 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 for three days until midnight on Friday. The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2. (https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/latest-updates/new-zealands-alert-levels-are-changing-at-12-noon-on-wednesday-12-august/)
For the safety of our students, Business College will be closed from 12/08 till 14/08 and students will return to online teaching during the above period. We will keep a close eye on the situation and provide more updates for our students as the situation progresses. Students should watch out for new updates from their teachers and the Business College website regarding future class arrangements.
A brief summary of Alert Level 3 can be found below (taken from NZ government COVID-19 website https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-system-overview/#covid-19-alert-system):
Alert Level 3 — Restrict
High risk the disease is not contained.
Community transmission might be happening.
New clusters may emerge but can be controlled through testing and contact tracing.
Range of measures that can be applied locally or nationally
People instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement — including to go to work, school if they have to or for local recreation.
Physical distancing of 2 metres outside home including on public transport, or 1 metre in controlled environments like schools and workplaces.
Bubbles must stay within their immediate household bubble but can expand this to reconnect with close family/whānau, or bring in caregivers or support isolated people. This extended bubble should remain exclusive.
Schools between years 1 to 10 and Early Childhood Education centres can safely open but will have limited capacity. Children should learn at home if possible.
People must work from home unless that is not possible.
Businesses can open premises, but cannot physically interact with customers.
Low-risk local recreation activities are allowed.
Public venues are closed. This includes libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds, markets.
Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga. Physical distancing and public health measures must be maintained.
Healthcare services use virtual, non-contact consultations where possible.
Inter-regional travel is highly limited to, for example, essential workers, with limited exemptions for others.
People at high risk of severe illness such as older people and those with existing medical conditions are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. They may choose to work.