Otago Daily Times

What rules are there for ship crews?


Under our current restrictio­ns, noone aboard a ship docking at its first port of call in New Zealand can step ashore until they meet the requiremen­ts for the length of stay they had at sea.

The one exception is for crew heading home: if they have permission, they can leave the ship but must go direct to the airport, as there is essentiall­y no shore leave allowed.

‘‘The other risk is when port workers go on the ship to load, resupply the galley, inspect the ship, or whatever work it might be,’’ Phil Shoemack, medical officer of health for Bay of Plentybase­d Toi Te Ora Public Health, said.

‘‘The requiremen­t for those

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