Lock­down help for all

Katikati Advertiser - - Front Page - By CHRIS STEEL ■ Find out more — visit www. covid19.govt.nz

Stay at home — let’s all help pre­vent the spread of Covid19.

That’s the im­por­tant mes­sage that peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties need to take on board dur­ing the pan­demic that New Zealand is fac­ing right now.

On Tues­day, 40 new cases of coro­n­avirus were con­firmed in New Zealand — that’s 155 cases in to­tal of con­firmed and prob­a­ble cases. We, as a na­tion, are in lock­down for the next four weeks at least, as an­nounced by Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern on Mon­day.

“Pro­tect­ing New Zealan­ders from the virus is our num­ber one ob­jec­tive, and we must take de­ci­sive ac­tion to pre­vent the worst oc­cur­ring here,” Ardern said.

This is new ter­ri­tory but we are all in this to­gether. We all have to learn how to deal with life quar­an­tined for four weeks, aside from peo­ple work­ing in es­sen­tial ser­vices.

“It is im­por­tant we ad­here to the in­struc­tions as set out by our

Gov­ern­ment so we can quickly con­tain and even­tu­ally erad­i­cate Covid-19 from spread­ing through our com­mu­ni­ties,” says Katikati Com­mu­nity Cen­tre man­ager Al­lan Wain­wright.

“There is a lot of mis­in­for­ma­tion cir­cu­lat­ing on­line so please only re­fer to the Gov­ern­ment’s ded­i­cated web­site, www.covid19.govt.nz for ac­cu­rate and up to date in­for­ma­tion.”

Al­lan and Katch Katikati’s Jac­qui Knight have been work­ing to­gether to rally sup­port for our com­mu­nity in this time of cri­sis. All lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions are work­ing to­gether to es­tab­lish pro­vi­sions for pro­vid­ing nec­es­sary ser­vices to our most vul­ner­a­ble in this time of need.

The Katikati Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will have their phone lines open to field calls from the com­mu­nity if any­one would like to talk or re­quires any sup­port. “We will do our best to work with lo­cal ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions/ vol­un­teers so our most vul­ner­a­ble can get the help they re­quire dur­ing the du­ra­tion of our lock­down.

“Our team is work­ing re­motely from home so you will not be able to visit the Katikati Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. How­ever, our pop­u­lar pro­duce stall will still be op­er­at­ing out­side, so if you have ex­cess pro­duce or re­quire pro­duce, please pay a visit to the stall,” Al­lan says.

The Katikati Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre and Katch Katikati staff are work­ing from home and their phone lines are open so please call for any as­sis­tance.

“We will work through these press­ing times as a com­mu­nity.”

The Ad­ver­tiser of­fice is closed to the pub­lic but staff will be work­ing re­motely so please phone or email us. Your pa­per will still be de­liv­ered and will keep you up­dated for the du­ra­tion.

Re­mem­ber, es­sen­tial ser­vices will stay open such as su­per­mar­kets, ser­vice sta­tions, banks, chemists, dis­trict health boards, in­sur­ers, courts, vets.

A friendly voice, like Sally Goodyear on the end of the phone will help us get through the Covid-19 pan­demic.

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