New Zealand: Covid 19 coronavirus: New lockdown law officially bans swimming, hunting, surfing

There is now no doubt – fishing, swimming, surfing, hunting and tramping are banned under new lockdown laws.

Kiwis had previously been advised not to take part in these activities during the Covid-19 lockdown but the ban was made official in fresh laws released on the Government’s Covid-19 website today.

People cannot leave home to hunt, tramp, swim, take part in other water-based activities, such as surfing and boating, or do anything that may put them in danger or require help from rescue services.

Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the issuing of the Health Notice was to ensure its success and help move the country out of lockdown as soon as possible.

The notice sets out:
 Everyone in New Zealand is to be isolated or quarantined at their current place of residence except as permitted for essential personal movement

 Exercise is to be done in an outdoor place that can be readily accessed from home and two-metre physical distancing must be maintained

 Recreation and exercise does not involve swimming, water-based activities (for example, surfing or boating), hunting, tramping, or other activities of a kind that expose participants to danger or may require search and rescue services

 A child can leave the residence of one joint care-giver to visit or stay at the residence of another joint care-giver (and visit or stay at that residence) if there is a shared bubble arrangement

 A person can leave their residence to visit or stay at another residence (and visit or stay at that residence) under a shared bubble arrangement if:

 One person lives alone in one, or both, of those residences; or

 Everyone in one of those residences is a vulnerable person.

“In the first week of being at Alert Level 4 we have seen high rates of compliance,” Bloomfield said.

“The best way to ensure the success of the lockdown is for everyone to play their part.

“That means staying at home, maintaining physical distancing when outdoors and washing your hands.”