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COVID update – Auckland to Level 3

The government has announced at 11:59pm on Tuesday, 21 September 2021 (tonight):

  • Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 for at least two weeks
  • the rest of NZ will stay at Alert Level 2.
  • The settings will be reviewed on 4 October 2021.

In addition, “bespoke temporary restrictions” have been put in place by the Director General of Health who has issued a section 70 order requiring people who live or work in the area around Mangatangi, in northern Waikato, to stay at home and self-isolate for five days.

Alert Level 3

There has been ongoing work with the Ministry of Health (MoH) following the last lock down in 2020 and on Monday 30 August MoH released revisions to the ‘COVID-19 Guidance for Community Allied Health, Scientific and Technical (AHST) Providers in Alert Level 3’.

As with previous COVID-19 guidance from MoH this is for physiotherapists working outside of the DHB sector. Physiotherapists working in DHBs are providing essential services under all levels and each DHB has its own pandemic plan operating.

Full Level 3 guidance is available here.

Alert Level 2

Clinical reasoning and risk assessment remain the fundamental principles for considering care at Alert Level 2. Telehealth and virtual appointments are still the preferred option and please exercise extra caution when treating vulnerable groups.

Clinicians will be able to see patients face to face if guidance is followed.

Level 2 Guidance is available here.

Staying in touch

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Please take care and contact us at 04 471 2610 or via email physio@physioboard.org.nz if we can help.