Your guide to staying safe and healthy during COVID-19

Publish Date
Thursday, 13 August 2020, 2:45PM

While Auckland has entered Alert Level 3 and the rest of NZ is in Alert Level 2, here's what you can do to keep yourself safe.

Stay Home

If you do not have to leave the house, or are feeling sick, then stay home. If you have to leave the house, the Government encourages wearing a mask and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people. 

Get tested if you have symptoms

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVD-19, head over to a testing station and get tested.

You can also contact your GP for a test- make sure to call ahead so that they can prepare for your arrival. That way you'll avoid long lines too!

Alternatively, you can call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or talk to your doctor.

Use the Covid tracing app

Download the Covid Tracing App here for Apple and Android users- keep track of any where you go, by logging it on the app or scanning QR codes at any location you visit.

If you do not have a smart phone, keep a written list of where you go and who you see instead.

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Find your 'Significant Locations' through Apple and Google Maps

If you have an iPhone, you can find the places you've been- here's how:

  1. Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services.

  2. Scroll all the way down and go to "System Services."
  3. Go to "Significant Locations" at the bottom.

  4. Enter your passcode if prompted, or verify with Touch ID or Face ID.

  5. Scroll down and you will see a "History" section that lists places you have been.

If you have an Android phone, and use Google maps, here's how:

  1. Launch Google Maps.

  2. Tap the more button (three horizontal lines) on the top left corner.

  3. Tap your timeline.
  4. Tap the calendar icon to view a particular day.


Keep track of who you see/have seen

Make sure you take the time to write down the people you have been in contact with over the past few weeks. 

Make your own mask

The Government has encouraged wearing face coverings, and masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when you leave the house.

You can find these at supermarkets and pharmacies, or make your own with the instructions HERE.

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Check up on yourself, and your friends/family

It's totally normal to be feeling down or anxious about what is going on with COVID-19 in NZ. 

Make sure you check in with close friends and family through phone calls and video chats, to make sure you still have contact with them while you can't physically see them.

Everyone is feeling emotional at this time, so make sure you look out for those around you, and ask for help if you need it.


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