Sunday, November 28

Covid-19 Outbreak: More Wellington Sites, Spark Arena Added to Places of Interest

More Wellington landmarks have been revealed, as well as a Miter 10 Awards Dinner at Spark Arena in Auckland.

A deserted downtown Wellington during the close of August 2021.

A deserted downtown Wellington during the close of August 2021.
Photo: AFP

Wellington locations include:

  • Johnsonville Road countdown between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on August 18
  • Johnsonville Medical Center Pharmacy between 4:15 PM and 4:45 PM on August 18
  • 1841 Bar and Restaurant in Johnsonville between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on August 17
  • One Sushi Porirua between 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on August 17
  • The Roast Canteen in Johnsonville between 5:30 PM and 5:45 PM on August 17
  • St Pierre’s Sushi in Johnsonville Mall between 5.15pm and 5.30pm on August 17

The advice for people in these places at the moment differs and is included in the website of the Ministry of Health which details places of interest.

Hundreds of people who attended the Miter 10 Awards dinner, held at Spark Arena on August 12, were also asked by health officials to isolate themselves.

It is understood that someone who attended the awards contracted Covid-19.

In a statement, Miter 10 said he had been told the awards dinner was now a landmark.

Spark Area, Auckland - formerly vector arena

Photo: RNZ / Kymberlee Fernandes

People from all over the country attended the awards dinner.

The country was at alert level 1 at the time of the event, and Miter 10 said appropriate protocols had been in place, such as QR codes and contact tracing capabilities.

The Ministry of Health has been updating its list of places of interestas contact trackers continue to work with identified community cases.

Other attractions reported today include bus routes, train trips, a kindergarten, churches, and an RSA bowling club in Auckland.

The full list, recorded by date, can be found in the ministry website, and you can find an interactive map here.

The new locations listed this afternoon show that an Auckland kindergarten was visited by a case on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

The Blockhouse Bay Christian Kindergarten was also visited on weekdays from August 3. The Mount Roskill Church of Christ and the Assembly of God Church (AOG) in Māngere are also listed as new locations of interest.

The New Lynn RSA Bowling Club is also on the list, with a case there last Sunday, and several bus routes, including route 326 Māngere – Otahuhu, route 309X Queen St – Newmarket – Māngere, and bus 95B or 95C Northcote College at Glenfield have also been added.

Anyone who has been to these locations at the specified time and date will be instructed to isolate themselves for 14 days and get tested multiple times.

People are asked to continue to check the list of locations of interest and follow official advice if they were in a place at the same time and date as a positive case.

Today it was confirmed that three of the new 11 community cases are in Wellington. They had visited a landmark in Auckland over the weekend and returned to Wellington before the country was locked in.

Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the trio had visited four cafes and restaurants, a medical center, a pharmacy, a workplace and four gas stations between Auckland and Wellington. These would be added to the sights later today, he said.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told Checkpoint that he will follow up with contact trackers as to why there are delays in getting details of locations of interest on the ministry’s website.

“I want the information to be available as quickly as possible. We will follow up with them on why that information has not yet been released, but they certainly go through a very thorough process,” he said.

He acknowledged that the system is under a lot of pressure, but he is not overwhelmed. There are many details to convey accurately, he said.

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