Tonight, around 9:30pm, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced four positive cases of COVID-19 outside of managed isolation or quarantine. These cases are all in South Auckland and in the same household.
The action the Government has taken is to move Auckland to Level 3 restrictions from 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday 12 August). The restrictions will last three days until midnight Friday. The rest of the country outside of Auckland will move into Level 2. The level 2 restrictions are in place from midday tomorrow until midnight on Friday.
If you have questions about sports operations at these levels, please first refer to Sport New Zealand’s Alert guidance here: https://sportnz.org.nz/covid-19/alert-level-information/
The Government’s wider alert level information is available on the COVID-19 website here: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-system-overview/
The Government is also reminding New Zealanders of the importance of additional hygiene measures, including hand washing, cleaning surfaces, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and staying home if you feel unwell.
If you haven’t already done so, it is recommended that you download and use the contact tracing app: https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/stay-healthy/keep-track-of-where-youve-been/
As mentioned in earlier COVID-19 messaging, Sport NZ have said some organisations in the sport sector did not have health and safety plans or business continuity plans in place earlier in the year. If you are still looking to improve your plans, you can find helpful templates on the Sport NZ website.
We will continue to update the basketball community with information as it comes to hand, as quickly as we can. This includes monitoring the situation and seeking advice from the likes of Sport New Zealand and the Ministry of Health in regards to upcoming Basketball New Zealand and NBL events.
All Basketball New Zealand COVID-19 updates can be found here: https://nz.basketball/bbnz-covid-19-updates/