We are at Alert Level 4 because right now, a virus called COVID-19 is spreading fast around the world. A virus is something that can make people sick. Viruses can spread from one person to another.
The COVID-19 virus is spreading from person to person very fast. It is making a lot of people very sick. Some people can die. It is easy for COVID-19 to spread when people are close to each other and touching the same things.
The New Zealand Government decided the best way to stop COVID-19 from spreading is to keep people apart for a while so that they cannot spread the virus to each other. The best way to do this is for everyone in New Zealand to stay at home.
- You must stay at home, unless you are an “essential worker” and have been told you must go to work
- You must stay at least two metres away from everyone unless they are the people who live with you and your essential support workers. Two metres is about the same length as your bed.
Don’t worry. During this time, you will still be able to get everything you need to live, including medicine and food.
You might see more police working and talking to people. They will be checking to make sure that everybody is following the rules and staying at home as much as possible.