Public urged to continue following the rules at Alert Level 3-Police

Over the 33 days that New Zealand was under Alert Level 4 restrictions the overwhelming majority of the public followed the rules, they stayed home and saved lives, say Police.

Police say the move to Alert Level 3 is a credit to the way New Zealanders responded to the level 4 restrictions and, by and large, the high levels of compliance.

Commissioner Andrew Coster said, “The sacrifices we all made over the last 33 days have made a real difference, but we can’t get complacent.”

“We are now at Alert Level 3, which means staying at home whenever possible, limiting any travel, and sticking to your household bubble.”

“During the Alert, Level 4 restrictions Police undertook tens of thousands of reassurance checks at essential facilities such as supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations, and community patrols right across the country.

The focus for Police was to educate and encourage compliance with the restrictions.

Where necessary, when offending was persistent or serious, we took enforcement action.

Up to 6 pm last night there had been 5,857 breaches of the Civil Defence Emergency Act or the Health Act since the Alert Level 4 restrictions came into place.

Of these breaches, 554 were under the CDEM Act and 5,303 were under the Health Act.”

With the move to Alert Level 3, Police have issued updated operational guidelines, which are available on our website.  At Alert Level 3 we will continue to be highly visible in our communities and on our roads to maintain public safety, security and order.

Coster added “We will continue to take an education-first approach and urge all New Zealanders to familiarise themselves with the updated restrictions and what they mean for them by referring to www.covid19.govt.nz.

As with Alert Level 4, Police will not hesitate to take enforcement action, either through warnings or arrests, for any serious or persistent breaches.”