COVID Update

Witherlea School - Alert Level 1

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Wellington at Alert Level 2

You will be aware of the visitor from Sydney who travelled to Wellington for the weekend and on return to Sydney has tested positive for COVID-19.

Health authorities are working quickly to identify places of interest and follow up with any close contacts. It was reassuring to hear that two close contacts have already tested negative and two others have been isolating since last night. There are locations of interest listed on the Health website which will be updated if further sites are identified.

As Minister Hipkins announced this afternoon, out of an abundance of caution Wellington is moving to Alert Level 2 at 6pm tonight until 11.59pm on Sunday. This includes Wairarapa and the Kāpiti Coast to north of Ōtaki. The rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 1.

We’ve been here before and know what to do but below are some key reminder messages, particularly that schools remain open to everyone at Alert Level 2.


Please read the below;

If you have anyone in your community who was at one of these locations and at the times specified on the Ministry of Health website, they will need to follow the relevant instructions which will include staying at home and getting tested for COVID-19 (five days after last exposure to the confirmed case).

For those people in a household with someone identified as a contact or close contact, they should follow the advice provided by health authorities for that individual. If unsure what to do, contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) for guidance.

Everyone else will need to continue to follow the public health requirements we are very familiar with, at all alert levels:
  • Stay home (or go home) if you are unwell.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to see if you need a test.
  • Wear face coverings on public transport and domestic flights, and you are encouraged to do the same when travelling by taxi or similar.
  • Keep up your good hygiene practices (washing hands, cough/sneeze etiquette).
  • Keep track of where you have been.
Our regional team continues to be available to provide support, and further guidance about COVID-19 is on our website here:The following websites continue to be the best source of information regarding COVID-19 in New Zealand:

Covid QR Codes are at most entry points - please use these and scan in