Kindness is an incredibly powerful way to show you are united against COVID-19.
You can make a huge difference by:
These kinds of connections and offers of help will go a long way to getting others through COVID-19.
Everyone should stay at home. This is the best thing we can all do to stop the spread of COVID-19. This will save lives.
You can leave your house to access essential services, like buying groceries, or going to a bank or pharmacy.
Vulnerable people in particular should stay at home and self-isolate.
If you have any of these symptoms, call your GP before you visit:
If you do not have a GP, call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453.
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.
You also need to:
Physical distancing (sometimes known as ‘Social distancing’) is about keeping a safe distance from others.
This is about physical distance. For your own mental health you can, and should, keep in touch with friends and family via the phone, or online.
Outside of your home, or if you are sick, keep a 2 metre distance from people at all times.
Physical distancing is an important way to unite against COVID-19.
It’s best not to shake hands, kiss hello or hongi for now.
Where you can, keep a bit of space.
We are all being asked to play our part to refrain from physical contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through physical contact. As well as the impact on New Zealanders generally, this will have an effect on particular areas of tikanga Māori (including kawa), as we move to protect our whānau, hapū and iwi (particularly those who are more vulnerable such as our kaumātua – our koroua and kuia).
In practice, this means suspending our customs of hongi and harirū, alongside stopping kissing, hugging and other forms of close physical contact.
Alternatives include, waving, smiling or other non-physical contact greetings.