At midnight Auckland will join the rest of the country at alert level 2 – sort of.
While the rest of us are able to be in groups of up to 100 people, Aucklanders will still be confined to mingling in groups of no more than 10.
But they will be able to travel anywhere else in the country where they can join the rest of us in places with up to 100 people.
Can anyone explain the reasoning behind this?
Does it mean that Covid-19 is more likely to infect more people in Auckland?
Does it mean that people who travel from Auckland are less likely to have Covid-19 than those who stay in the city?
Or does it mean that this is yet another example of government directives that don’t make sense?
That people have been flying out unquestioned supports that:
. . . Alert level 3 means no non-essential travel in or out of Auckland – or does it?
One Aucklander told Newshub they travelled to Queenstown during lockdown for “fun” .
They say they were never questioned by airport or Air New Zealand staff – not once.
“It didn’t shock me. I just thought this whole thing’s a sham,” the person said.
“There was no police presence, there was nothing. That’s what shocked me. I expected at least a couple of police cars, a couple of people with dogs or something just grooming around, and there was absolutely nothing.”
While thousands of others queued and struggled for exemptions at the road borders, 13,500 people flew out of Auckland to other domestic locations.
The Aucklander said they didn’t feel any sense of guilt for leaving the Super City during alert level 3.
“Not at all. What I’m sick of is the double standards. So, the Government holds us as citizens to account, but we’re not allowed to hold the Government to account. You’re doing this half-hearted, you’re not doing it correctly, and I proved that you’re not.” . . .
Before Covid-19 this government was so much better at rhetoric than action. It still is.