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Kai gathering rules ease as alert level drops
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Restrictions on Māori customary rights to fishing and food gathering have been loosened as part of today’s shift to COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

Māori are allowed to exercise those rights in places that are readily accessible from their homes, as long as it is done with physical distancing and does not involve scuba diving, sailing or motorised craft.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says for many people, life won’t look too different from the last few weeks.

The message remains the same: work or learn from home if you can, and if you’re not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials then please stay home.

Industries like construction, manufacturing, and forestry can get moving again - as long as they ensure proper COVID-19 health and safety measures are in place.

Retail businesses will also start up again, although with no face-to-face customer interaction.

Yesterday there was one new confirmed case of COVID-19 reported and four new probable cases.

Three of the cases are linked to St Margaret's Hospital & Rest Home, in Te Atatu.

A woman in her 90s who was a resident there died on Sunday at Waitakere Hospital of COVID-19.

The number of cases is fluctuating as some probable cases are reclassified, and the current national total is now 1469, a net reduction of 1.

Under Level 3 the strict isolation and monitoring around confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 will continue.

All confirmed and probable cases will continue to be managed in quarantine (if recently arrived into New Zealand) or be under strict isolation and active management (if already in New Zealand).

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