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COVID-19 - Updates and Resources

Here you can find information about the local and national response to the outbreak of COVID-19 novel coronavirus, and useful links to advice and support.

For all official details from the government COVID-19 see www.covid19.govt.nz

We are currently at Level 2.

We are at Level 2 of New Zealand’s four-level COVID-19 alert system. It is likely Level 2 measures will stay in place for a number of weeks.

Central Otago District Council response within our community - https://www.codc.govt.nz/your-council/covid-19/

Healthline - 0800 358 5453 and see www.health.govt.nz

Mental Wellbeing - https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/

Southern District Health Board - Local information and advice
Queenstown Airport - Information about local travel restrictions and what to expect at the district's airport

COVID-19 Information (Pacifica)
Advice in guidance regarding COVID-19 translated into nine Pacifica languages

Business Support and Advice

Central Otago District Council Economic Development and Tourism Central Otago will endeavour to provide businesses with regular, factual and timely information for businesses. To sign up for email updates please complete this online form.

The Regional Business Partner programme is available in Central Otago. You can contact Tara Druce who is the local Business Growth Manager. Tara can connect you with a Business Mentor. We have a talented pool of mentors operating in Central Otago and we can match you with the right mentor to support you one on one.

Useful Business & Tourism Industry Links
NZTE - Business Support Hub - https://covid19.nzte.govt.nz/
Business NZ - https://www.businessnz.org.nz/resources
Tourism Industry Aotearoa - https://tia.org.nz/news-and-updates/industry-news/novel-coronavirus/
Tourism Export Council - https://www.tourismexportcouncil.org.nz/
Tourism New Zealand Updates - https://www.tourismnewzealand.com/news/covid-19/

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