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Covid-19 Alert Level update

25 September 2020


All New Zealand at Alert Level 1, except for Auckland


Whanganui, along with the rest of New Zealand, is now at Alert Level 1. Auckland, however, will stay at Alert Level 2 and that alert level setting will be reconsidered on Monday 5 October.


Despite the move to Alert Level 1, it is important to remain vigilant to this dangerous virus and to maintain good hygiene practices. It is also a good safety measure to maintain physical distancing.


All inter-regional travel is now allowed. This brings the risk of Aucklanders who may be infected spreading the virus to other parts of the country, or visitors to Auckland picking up the virus and taking it home.


Therefore, we are asking those in Auckland in particular to exercise common sense and caution. Don’t travel just because you can. If you do travel, take precautions.


Face coverings at Alert Level 1 


At Alert Level 1, you do not need to wear face coverings because there is no evidence of community transmission of Covid-19.


We recommend being prepared by having a supply of face coverings for everyone who usually lives in your household. Add some to your household emergency kit.



Help your people keep track of where they’ve been by displaying an NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.


Get your QR code  


Where to get information 


The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz or the Unite Against Covid social media channels and on the Ministry of Health website


Local information for people in Whanganui, Rangitikei and South Ruapehu is available on this website, the WDHB Facebook page, your local council social media pages and the Civil Defence Manawatū-Whanganui page.


 Latest news


Read our media releases about Covid-19 or visit our Facebook page for more information. 



Testing for Covid-19


If you have flu-like symptoms, a cough, fever, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell, you need to be assessed at the community-based assessment centre at Whanganui Hospital, 100 Heads Road, or by phoning your GP. Find out more.


If you are offered a test, please say: "Yes".


Covid-19 cases in New Zealand 


There are 60 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.


New Zealand's confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 to date is 1829


  • See The Mininstry of Health's current cases page.
  • The Whanganui region has had nine (9) cases of Covid-19, all now recovered and no cases since April 2020.