Keeping your whānau, family safe

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, keeping our loved ones safe is obviously a priority.  Here are some useful tips on how we can all play a part in stopping Covid-19.  

  • Stay home if you’re sick: Call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. Staying at home if you or a family member are sick is one of the best ways to minimise the spread of COVID-19. Limit contact with others that you live with and don’t have visitors to your home. 

  • Wear a face covering: Face coverings are compulsory on public transport and aircraft in New Zealand at higher levels. It is also a good idea to wear one where you can’t keep 100m away from someone if possible.

  • Face coverings help to keep you and others safe by preventing the spread of droplets. They are also particularly useful at times when physical distancing is not possible, so you may wish to wear a mask in public spaces. Children under the age of 12 do not have to wear a mask on public transport/aircraft, at school or on a school bus. People with disabilities are also exempt from wearing a face covering. 

  • Some face masks can be pretty expensive so fortunately there is good advice on how to make one yourself.

            Here are some links:

            How to make your own face mask with what you have at home

            How to make a reusable COVID-19 mask 

            How to make a mask at home

  • Keep track of where you’ve been: Keeping a record of where you’ve been helps with contact tracing to detect the spread of the virus in the community. Download for free the NZ Covid Tracer app to sign into public spaces. It is important to know where you’ve been, when you were there, and who you were with. You can use the app to track this or keep a diary/list. 

  • Wash your hands: Wash hands often, using soap, for 20 seconds, then dry. If using hand sanitiser, rub it into your hands for 20 seconds. You can add fun for children to help wash their hands by singing their favourite songs. Try to avoid touching your face. Make sure to wash your hands regularly after visiting a public space and touching surfaces outside of your home. 

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow: It will keep the virus off your hands so that you won’t spread it to other people. Put tissues into the bin immediately and then wash your hands. 

  • Clean surfaces: Regularly clean surfaces that get touched frequently to stop the spread of droplets. COVID-19 can remain on surfaces for up to 3 days, so it is important to regularly clean doorknobs and other high-use surfaces. Make sure to use an antiviral disinfectant. 

  • Maintain social distancing: Keep a safe physical distance from others to stop the spread of the virus. COVID-19 is spread through physical contact. We must suspend our customs of hōngi and harirū, and refrain from kissing and hugging as forms of close physical contact. Refrain from physical contact, even if you are wearing a face covering. Try to keep a 2-metre distance from others in public spaces and a 1-metre distance if you are in an enclosed environment (e.g. shop, church, gathering, cafe, or gym).