Mōrena Wellington, Bill Hickman here, with everything you need to know about life in the Wellington area in level 4 containment. As of Sunday, the community currently has 21 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the national total to 72.
7:30 am: Let’s start with the ways we can help the Earth.
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came out this month, and it was scary.
The planet is heating up – 250 times faster than it did from natural sources after the last ice age. Already, human civilization has never existed in such a hot climate.
Our contributions can influence policy and infrastructure changes, make a difference for the environment at the local level, and contribute to a nationwide mindset shift in favor of the land.
Click here to see some of the things we can all do to make a difference.
7am: Metlink, additional early morning bus services, cancellations, and buses replacing some trains.
Metlink added four additional weekday early morning bus services to bolster the Saturday schedule adopted for the lockdown.
They operate on routes 1 and 60e between 5:45 am and 7:15 am.
Thirteen bus cancellations were published before 6:55 a.m.
All train services from Wairarapa will be replaced with buses and some services on the Hutt Valley, Johnsonville and Kāpiti lines will be replaced with buses, due to crew bubble restrictions.
If you take buses and trains today, remember to wear your mask, socially distance yourself, and be patient with your fellow travelers and the Metlink staff.
Follow the link for additional information on new services and more alerts and cancellations.
6:30 am: A gray week is shaping up as a “high pressure ridge” heads towards the North Island
The capital will experience gray skies and showers for most of the week.
MetService is forecasting morning clouds over Wellington today. Nice afternoon breaks, moderate northerly winds and a maximum of 13 degrees Celsius.
Using the Covid-19 Tracer app is going to be the new way of life.
Scanning or manually logging in to many busy cafes and restaurants and busy events will now become mandatory after the government announced that “mandatory record keeping” is introduced at all alert levels.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement on Sunday during the 1 p.m. Covid update at the Wellington Beehive.
“We know from our own examples and abroad that a Covid-19 outbreak can be extremely difficult to trace and contain without people keeping a good track of where they are and who they are with. got in touch, ”Hipkins said.
“This includes cafes, restaurants, bars, casinos, concerts, senior care facilities, barbers in health facilities, exercise facilities, nightclubs, libraries, courts, agencies central and local government and social service providers who have a customer service counter.
Read Luke Malpass’s full report here.
Weta Digital staff in Wellington told to self-isolate
Weta Digital staff in Wellington have been ordered to self-isolate after a case of Covid-19 entered them.
A statement from Weta Digital said it was informed that one of the new Covid-19 cases worked in two of its 13 buildings on Tuesday. The person was an outside contractor.
“We already had a very small workforce on site due to existing home work protocols and the fact that a number of people left home,” the statement said.
Weta Digital followed public health advice and asked everyone working on site at the time to self-isolate, get tested, and follow the publicly available advice.
The film production company run by Sir Peter Jackson in Wellington has around 1,500 employees, according to its website.
Read Tom Hunt’s full report here.
Now for the good news – New Zealand is making huge strides in Covid-19 vaccinations
New Zealand is making “huge progress” on Covid-19 vaccinations with nearly a quarter of the country fully vaccinated, experts say.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Sunday that 73% of New Zealanders over 40 had either received their first vaccine or had booked to receive a jab.
As of Saturday, 52,206 doses were administered nationwide. Over 2.75 million doses of the vaccine have been administered since the start of deployment; 1.75 million first doses and just under a million second doses.
Read the full story of Sam Sherwood and Bridie Witton
Wellington gets a dedicated quarantine facility
Health officials have converted one of Wellington’s MIQ hotels to a quarantine facility only following Delta’s outbreak in the city’s community.
The Grand Mercure hotel was previously a dual-use facility for the managed isolation of foreign returnees, as well as for quarantine. The number of quarantine rooms has increased from eight to 38.
It is the only quarantine facility in Wellington – which brings it closer to Auckland’s Jet Park Hotel – with all six identified community cases of Wellington staying there.
Read the full story here