We’re at the halfway point under the COVID-19 lockdown and people are, to a very large degree, responding well to the rules.
We have made good progress in preventing exponential growth in COVID-19 cases. We need to ensure we don’t import more. We are calling for all people arriving in New Zealand to undergo at least 14 days of quarantine.
The feedback from the public has been overwhelmingly in favour of this. We don’t want to undo the good work of us all by forgoing tighter border controls.
More generally there’s been confusion around just what the rules are, with different interpretations from people in and across Government. What is “local”? For most of us at least, it certainly means a trip to the beach is out of the question. Travelling 20km for a walk with the family is likewise, as has been made very apparent.
Locally, people have been seeking help to understand the rules and the support that is available to them. From wage subsidies, education, childcare, healthcare and policing, many people have been seeking clarification and assurance. Uncertainty in these times becomes more than a simple anxiety for people and it has been a privilege to be able to help bring some certainty to their situations.
While my office is closed over the lockdown, we are here to help. You can contact us on 04 817 9239 (staffed), on 04 478 0628 (voicemail), or at Brett.HudsonMP@parliament.govt.nz.
If we all continue to follow the rules, take care and treat others as we’d like to be treated ourselves we will come through this. Look after yourself and others around you. Stay well.