... to all but citizens and permanent residents
New Zealand is closing its borders to everyone but citizens and permanent residents in an attempt to stop the growth of coronavirus.
The ban is in place for planes boarding after 11.59pm on Thursday.
Partners and children of citizens or permanent residents are exempt from the ban, as are some health workers and humanitarian workers.
This announcement follows a Covid-19 cabinet meeting on Thursday and comes minutes after Australia banned all non-residents from its country.
I've not seen a QR code displayed in a shop yet. We are asked to photo the QR code wherever we visit and all the shops and businesses are asked to diplay one. We should download the covid-19 tracer app to allow recording where we've been. I was surprised when I was asked "what's a QR code". See the picture example. That is what you need to point your camera at to use the app you will have installed. We should use it. Our cavalier attitude to covid-19 is not appropriate, it's inviting trouble. If just one infected person gets around it will be extremely useful for tracing where that person was a week or two ago and when they can't remember and who else may have been there the same time. Photographing the QR code gives our professional tracer teams the info they need only when they need it. Well, that's how I understand it and I will use it. Shops and businesses, please register a valid QR code and display it in prominent places for us to use. It takes seconds.
(Note, the example is not a valid code! It just looks like one)
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