As you will be aware, the government has announced further border restrictions in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. These new measures are expected to help the health system to be more prepared in the coming months by having fewer people infected and slow the spread of disease out over a longer period of time. We are working at keeping the virus out through restrictions on people.
We are not restricting freight and goods which are still coming in so these new measures do not apply to cargo ships or marine crew, so we can keep sea freight routes open for imports and exports, including essential supplies. Therefore our supermarket shelves will remain well stocked and medicines and other essential supplies will still keep arriving.
The changes are:
From 23:59 Saturday 14 March:
There will be a temporary ban enforced on the entry of cruise ships to New Zealand’s territorial waters on public health grounds. This will remain in place until 30 June 2020. Those cruise ships already in New Zealand’s waters are not included in this.
From 23:59 Sunday 15 March 2020:
These border measures will be in place for at least 30 days, and will be reviewed every 48 hours.