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Infection Prevention advice for Cantabrians under COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Wednesday 12 August 2020Media release2 minutes to read

Infection Prevention advice for Cantabrians under COVID Alert Level 2

Infection Prevention advice for Cantabrians under COVID Alert Level 2

Please attribute to Dr Cheryl Brunton, Medical Officer of Health, Canterbury DHB:

While the pop-up COVID-19 testing in our community over the weekend returned no positive results, with recent developments it is not a time for us to ease up on our precautions against COVID-19.

From noon Wednesday 12 August New Zealand (apart from the greater Auckland region) will move Alert Level 2. This means you can still go to work and school, but you should:

  • keep your distance from other people in public (two metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops. One metre in most other environments like workplaces, cafes, restaurants, and gyms)
  • wash your hands
  • sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen
  • wear masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport or in shops.

If you're unwell, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms (any acute respiratory infection with at least one of the following symptoms: new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, stuffy or runny nose, lost sense of smell – with or without a fever) you should contact your General Practice team or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. Most GP teams are offering testing if you have these symptoms.

If you have symptoms and are not registered with a GP team you can attend the testing centre run by Whānau Ora at 250 Pages Road between 9am to 1pm, seven days a week. You do not need an appointment to attend. 

If you are unwell and need to see a doctor you should call your usual GP team for advice 24/7. For general health information visit

More information on Alert level 2 can be found here:



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