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Make Summer Unstoppable

Look after yourself and your whānau this summer - take any opportunity to rest and enjoy a break.

As Aotearoa’s first summer under Alert Level 1 COVID-19 conditions, it is important to keep in mind simple but important practices that can help stop the spread of COVID-19:


• If you are unwell, stay at home.

• Do not travel or take part in events or activities if you are unwell.

• If you become unwell while on holiday, contact Healthline or your health professional who can advise whether you should be tested. If you are advised to get a test, please do so; do not wait until you get home to get tested.

• In the Whanganui region, COVID-19 testing will be available at the Hospital CBAC throughout summer - except on public holidays. If you need to get a test, call Healthline or your health professional who can advise whether you should get tested and where services are open to test you.

• Remember to scan or sign into places using the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a record of where you’ve been. This is especially important when on holiday because you may not remember all the locations you have visited. Keep your phone handy to make signing in quick and easy.

• Consider packing a kit that contains hand sanitiser, a mask, cleaning products, and a booklet for contact tracing – you never know what facilities will be available at the places you’ll be visiting.

• Maintain good hygiene practices, including washing and drying your hands, or use hand sanitiser if unable to wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow and regularly clean ‘high touch’ surfaces and objects.

• Maintain physical distancing when out and about especially in crowded spaces and places.

• See current guidance on wearing a mask or face covering. Get into the habit of carrying a mask or face covering at all times so that you can use it when needed.

• Be aware of the current alert level and any additional measures you need to take to protect yourself and others.


We all need a bit of support from time-to-time, and if you or someone you know is struggling, there is free help available. Free call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day. You can also call Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357. 

Information for events organisers - COVID-19

Are you an event organiser for a major event in the Whanganui, Rangitikei or South Ruapehu region over the 2020/2021 summer?


Social gatherings, events and public facilities at Alert Level 1


There is no limit on the number of people who can attend a social gathering or event or enter a public facility at Alert Level 1. 


Workplaces and businesses legally must display a QR code poster to help you keep track of where you’ve been. We recommend you use the NZ COVID Tracer app to do this, or another way that works for you.


You can also print off QR codes for private events like social gatherings at your home. This isn’t mandatory, but we encourage you to do so.


Get your QR code poster

Gatherings and events – Unite Against Covid website


Good hygiene for events organisers

Attendees should have access to appropriate hand washing facilities with soap and water and the ability to dry their hands thoroughly. Organisers should provide an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.


Using an appropriate cleaning solution, keep communal areas such as bathrooms and high-touch surfaces like door handles and payment machines clean.


Information for cleaning and disinfecting publicly accessed indoor and outdoor areas during the COVID-19 response


Summer campaign guide – Unite Against Covid


The Unite Against Covid website has information for businesses and events, including posters and digital banners. There are elements and templates available that can be used as part of your own communications and promotions. Some resources are available in te reo.


If you need further information or guidance regarding using this campaign, please contact the UAC-19 communications team.


COVID-19 Unstoppable Summer toolkit



Make Summer Unstoppable – Scan reminder poster

This is available to download and use to promote signing into places and events over summer. It has space in the centre to add your event’s specific QR code, name and address details.


Make Summer Unstoppable – Scan reminder poster A3

Make Summer Unstoppable – Scan reminder poster A1

Get your QR code poster


Social media tiles 





  • The total number of people with confirmed Covid-19 in the Whanganui Region is nine (9). 
  • All confirmed have now recovered. There have been no cases since April 2020.
  • Please visit Unite Against Covid or the Ministry of Health website for national information about Covid-19.