Mayor: Scanning essential to containing Covid

Mayor Phill Goff says scanning using the NZ Covid Tracer app needs to be ramped up.

Mayor Phil Goff is urging Aucklanders to continue scanning with the NZ Covid Tracer app and practising good hand hygiene in light of the new Covid-19 cases that have been detected in the city.

“I understand that this is unsettling and not how any of us wanted to start 2021,” Goff said.

“We had hoped to leave Covid-19 behind in 2020 but the reality is that we will be at risk from the virus for some time yet. As the gateway city for New Zealand, the chance of another outbreak was always present.

“Aucklanders, out of anyone in the country, know how to beat this virus – we have done it multiple times and we are going to do it again.

“I know this is frustrating, but I want to ask Aucklanders to do what is needed to defeat Covid-19 again.

“Scan, scan, scan. I cannot emphasise enough how much scanning needs to be ramped up. Use the app to record your movements and turn on the Bluetooth tracing function.”

Goff urged Aucklanders to wash their hands regularly and stay home and get a test if they felt sick.

“Please remember you only need to get tested if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been present at locations identified by the Ministry of Health,” Goff said.

“And remember, it is still a requirement to wear masks on public transport.”

Decisions around events over the Auckland Anniversary Day long weekend will be made in the coming days based on advice from the Ministry of Health.