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Covid-19 Alert Level 2 – What you need to know

Tuesday 17 August 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Health, National

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Covid-19 Alert Level 2 – What you need to know
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The Cook Islands has shifted into Covid-19 Alert Level 2. Here is what you need to know.

Alert Level 2: Reduce

Covid-19 is not present in the Cook Islands but there is a case of community transmission in New Zealand.

Quarantine-free travel (QFT) between NZ and the Cook Islands may be suspended for a minimum period of 48 hours. A negative Covid-19 test may be required prior to travel

 There will be intensive targeted testing and contact tracing of arrivals from the previous 14 days

Self-isolation and quarantine is required for recent arrivals for a minimum period of 24 - 48 hours

Restrictions on travel to the Pa Enua

Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres from people in public spaces and 1 metre in workplaces where practical

All educational facilities remain open

Businesses can remain open if maintaining physical distancing and record-keeping

Face-coverings encouraged on public transport and aircraft, children under 12 exempt

No more than 100 people permitted at gatherings (including weddings and funerals)

Restaurants, bars and hospitality businesses must keep groups of customers separated, seated and served by a single person, with maximum 100 people at a time

Health and disability care services operate as normally as possible

Sport & recreation activities allowed, subject to certain conditions such as physical distancing where practical, numbers allowed at gatherings and contact tracing

Public venues can open if they comply with public health measures and ensure 2 metre physical distancing and record keeping.

  • Source: Cook Islands government