Wellington.scoop.co.nz »Lockdown under consideration for Wellington, after Sydney tourist tests positive
Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield said this morning that health officials were considering a possible lockdown in Wellington after an Australian visitor tested positive for Covid-19.
Dr Bloomfield told RNZ’s Morning Report that this is an option under consideration. “Everything is on the table,” he said. Later that day, Level 2 was announced for Wellington, the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa.
The Australian Covid-19 case arrived in Wellington from Sydney with its partner. Four close contacts are now isolated for 14 days.
The Sydney couple visited the Te Papa and Jack Hackett pub on Dixon Street on Saturday and stayed at the Rydges Hotel on Featherston Street.
Te Papa was closed today after being identified as a place of interest. It will remain closed tomorrow.
Anyone who visited Te Papa’s surreal exhibit between 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Saturday must now self-isolate / quarantine for 14 days. The same advice is given to anyone who was at Jack Hackett’s between 8:45 am and midnight on Saturday.
Due to this situation, Te Papa staff who were working at the exhibit during this time will have to stay home for 14 days, as will pub staff and Rydges staff.
Health authorities have issued a list of places of interest, where Wellingtonians may have been in contact with the infected tourist.
The list initially named six places.
It has now been expanded to include a total of 16 other venues, including Floriditas (Saturday dinners must self-isolate for 14 days), Highwater Eatery (Saturday diners must self-isolate for 14 days), Lido ( Sunday lunch patrons must self-isolate for 14 days), One Red Dog (Sunday evening diners must self-isolate for 14 days) and Unity Books (Sunday afternoon patrons between 1:50 p.m. and 3:05 p.m. must stay at home and take a test around day 5).
Close contacts also to be isolated include passengers on both flights, from Sydney to Wellington and back.
The New Zealand contact tracing team is working with their Australian counterparts to gather more information on visitor movements and the website will continue to be updated as new exhibit locations are confirmed. .
Wellington residents and visitors to Wellington this past weekend are urged to check the website and keep checking back throughout the day.
People who have visited these locations at the relevant time should immediately self-isolate at their home or accommodation and contact Healthline for advice on testing.
Passengers in New Zealand who have flown on the following flights should also self-isolate immediately at their home or accommodation and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing and isolation:
Sydney to Wellington – QF163 (Qantas): Depart Sydney on Friday June 18 at 7:05 p.m. (AEST), arrive in Wellington on Saturday June 19 at 12:12 a.m. (NZST).
Wellington to Sydney – NZ247 (Air New Zealand): departure from Wellington on Monday June 21 at 10:13 am (NZST), arrival in Sydney on Monday June 21 at 11:33 am (AEST).
Australian health officials will contact those on the return flight to Sydney with advice on testing and isolation.
Public health officials have said that based on the time of symptom onset and the CT score, it is highly likely that the visitor contracted the virus in Sydney before their visit to New Zealand. Genome sequencing is underway in Australia to see if the case is linked to the current outbreak in Sydney.
The Ministry of Health reminds everyone to stay vigilant and stick to the essentials: stay at home if you feel unwell and get advice on taking a test, washing your hands regularly, coughing and sneezing in the elbow. , wear masks or face covers on all public transportation, and keep tracking where you’ve been – scan QR codes wherever you go and activate bluetooth tracing in the app’s dashboard.