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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 4.

We are at Level 4 of New Zealand’s four-level COVID-19 alert system. It is likely Level 4 measures will stay in place for a number of weeks.

We need your support to protect New Zealand and eradicate COVID-19. Enforcement measures may be used to ensure everyone acts together, now.

 - Everyone must now stay home, except those providing essential services.
 - Only make physical contact with those that you live with.
 - Don’t worry, during this time, you will be able to access all the essentials you need, including medicine, food and other home supplies.

We know that this is a big ask. Eradicating the disease is vital to protect people’s health and ensure our health system can cope and look after New Zealanders who become sick.

You may go for a walk or exercise and enjoy nature, but keep a 2 metre distance from people at all times. You can take your children outside.

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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