NRC- All freight should continue to move as per normal with physical distancing being observed
Posted: 12-Aug-2020 |


As of midday Wednesday 12th August, the Auckland Region went to Alert Level 3 for COVID-19. Inter-regional travel to and from Auckland is restricted to essential private journeys only. THIS IS NOT THE CASE FOR FREIGHT. The Ministry of Transport and NZTA have advised that ALL freight trucks and carriers are able to keep moving to inter-regional destinations, in and out of Auckland. The CVST or other officers controlling the checkpoints will ensure trucks get through smoothly to carry on to their destination. If you know of any instances where this is not the case please contact us immediately with full details.

All carriers are advised the appropriate PPE and sanitisation measures must be in place and an accurate manifest of the load being carried including origin and destination carried in the cab. It is also advisable that due to the fluid nature of the situation, checking in with your customers and delivery/collection points before transporting goods as many businesses will be closing or working limited hours.

Specific Messaging for the supply chain sector: All freight should continue to move as per normal with physical distancing being observed. The use of masks and PPE should be as per general instructions (see below)

Key messages to people in Auckland: Travel in and out of Auckland will be restricted to essential travel only, with roadblocks in place. Work from home unless you are an essential worker. All schools and childcare facilities will be closed except for children of essential service workers. All public facilities, bars, restaurants and businesses should close.
Supermarkets, pharmacies, and petrol stations remain open – shop as normal. Food delivery will be available. Keep a 2 metre physical distance and wear a mask when in public when you can’t distance. Stay home if you’re sick, wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, clean surfaces. Keep a record of where you have been, use the NZ COVID app
If you have cold or flu like symptoms, call your GP or Healthline to book a free COVID-19 test, and get tested if asked. 

The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz or the Unite Against Covid social media channels

Key messages to people outside Auckland: The rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2
There will only be essential travel to/from Auckland. Don’t panic buy, all businesses outside Auckland are open with social distancing in place. Keep a 2 metre physical distance and wear a mask when in public when you can’t distance. Stay home if you’re sick, wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, clean surfaces. If you are sick call your GP or Healthline to book a free COVID-19 test, and get tested if asked. Keep a record of where you have been, use NZ COVID app.

The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz or the Unite Against Covid social media channels

These measures are temporary to stop the spread of COVID-19 and will apply for the next three days while information is gathered and contact tracing and testing is underway.

The Ministry of Transport is seeking advice as to whether a short extension to physical distancing requirements for public transport (including ferry operators) can be allowed to enable operators to put this into place with least disruption to those seeking to return home; advice will be provided on this tomorrow.

This situation is fast-moving and further updates will follow.
Please visit the Ministry of Transport website for updates: 

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