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Auckland Transport urged to return schedules to normal amid complaints of full buses

Auckland Transport (AT) is being urged to return public transport schedules to normal as the city’s buses heave under the pressure of people returning to the office. North Shore Ward councillor Richard Hills said he had warned AT that Aucklanders’ Covid-19 “risk appetite had changed” and predicted issues like full buses would arise from Monday morning.

All buses are running under a reduced timetable while Tāmaki Makaurau is at the Orange level of the Covid-19 Protection Framework. Services are expected to return to normal from February 1. Hills said because patronage was below 50 per cent of normal before Christmas, AT had the expectation Delta would continue to keep people away.

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Government to open Auckland border on December 15, allowing travel for Christmas

The Auckland border will be lifted on December 15 to allow for Christmas travel, by which time the entire country will have moved into the less restrictive “traffic light” system – whether or not the Government’s 90 per cent vaccination target is reached.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the planned opening of Auckland on Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation about how the Government would manage the busy Christmas period after it promised that months of lockdown restrictions would end for summer.

From December 15, fully vaccinated people will be able to travel across the Auckland border freely. People who are unvaccinated will only be able to leave Auckland if they receive a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to departure, but there will be no similar restriction on unvaccinated people entering Auckland. Police will conduct “random spot checks” to enforce this rule.

“This may be our toughest period to date … While I know there will be some who will think our moves [are] too fast, others too slow, I have no doubt that it is the best plan to keep us as safe and free as possible, to transition us safely to a new way of managing Covid,” Ardern said.

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The decision to move the entire country into the traffic light system “soon after” November 29 means the Government has effectively abandoned its target of reaching 90 per cent vaccination across each district health board before making the shift.

“Traffic light system is better designed for our new strategy to minimise and protect against Covid-19, and is more fit for purpose than the alert levels.

“It also offers greater incentives to be vaccinated and greater protections for both those who are and aren’t. That’s why it’s time to get ready to move,” Ardern said.

Ardern said Auckland would move into the “red” setting of the system, as would parts of the country with lower vaccination rates.

“This will add protections and hopefully also support an increase in vaccinations.”

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Auckland Council facilities and services under Step 1 of Alert Level 3

Update 1 November 2021 | If health advice supports it, it is intended that Auckland could move to Step 2 at 11:59pm on 9 November, 2021.
More information on what this means for the council’s services and facilities will be published on OurAuckland in due course. For now, Auckland remains at Alert Level 3 Step 1.
As of 11.59pm, 5 October, Tāmaki Makaurau is at Step 1 of the new Alert Level 3 settings – the first phase of a three-part plan by the Government to ease COVID-19 restrictions across the region.

Mayor Phil Goff encourages Aucklanders to enjoy the eased restrictions, but to do so safely.
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Ministry of Health

60 community cases of COVID-19; 5 new border cases; 89 percent of Aucklanders complete one vaccine dose

There are 60 new community cases today; 57 in Auckland and three in the Waikato. As at 10am, 36 of these cases are linked – 18 of which are household contacts – and 24 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

Auckland is at Alert Level 3 with some restrictions eased. This will be reviewed on Monday 18 October

Auckland is at Alert Level 3 with some restrictions eased. This will be reviewed on Monday 18 October.


Alert level advice for Auckland

Covid 19 Updates

Auckland, Northland and Waikato remain at Alert Level 3

The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2.

For more information – click here Covid 19 Updates

Ministry of Health

Covid Preparations for Schools Term 4

The government has kept with its cautious approach when responding to COVID-19, and as a result, Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 for a bit longer.

How we stay safe at Alert Level 3

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Keep your bubble small
  • Book your free vaccination
  • Wear a face covering
  • Keep track of where you have been
  • Get a test if you are unwell
  • Maintain good hygiene

The response against COVID has been strong, but the Mahi isn’t yet done. Therefore, attached is some information about vaccinations to support decision-making.

It is now legally required that Schools hold a COVID-19 vaccination register for all eligible students and staff.

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Auckland Council

Together at Home

Discover some of the great things you can do to stay active, keep learning and take care of yourself at home.

Covid 19 Symptoms

If you develop symptoms of Covid – 19 you need to get a test 

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