Sunshine attracted the crowd at Mission Bay yesterday-and some level 3 concerns.Photo / Hayden Woodward
Police were called to Mount Roskill Park after more than 30 people were seen playing touch rugby. Meanwhile, crowds were found around the city, including the city’s most famous shopping streets and popular beaches below Auckland’s first Saturday level. 3.3.
The lazy attitude of blocking social distances at many public hotspots throughout Auckland has called on a public health expert to consider the obligation of outdoor masks.
Others said Sunday herald An almost maskless morning procession outside the Takapuna Cafe, staff at the “Heaving” Ponson Bee Road shoe store tried on shoes outside, petted a stranger’s dog on a busy beach, and had a bubble-breaking house party. ..
A resident of Pakranga Heights said late yesterday afternoon after finding five people from another household entering a neighborhood home, “It’s a party. I noticed balloons and lights.”
“Yes, I reported to the police. Obviously there was a rally, no masks and no social distance. To be honest, this annoys me.”
If the potential breach (permitted in level 3 non-contact retail, but people are still supposed to stick to the home bubble) does not outweigh the current outbreak of Covid-19, a professor at the University of Otago. , Public health Nick Wilson said, may require an obligation to use outdoor masks.
Spreading the Covid-19 outdoors was more difficult, but not impossible. He knew of a case where the virus spread on the beach in Australia.
“If the wind is weak and people are nearby, and definitely people are running around together, that’s not good.”
Yesterday morning, residents of Mount Roskill called 111 three times to report a touch rugby match with 32 participants in the Margaret Griffin Reserve. Police have confirmed that they have adopted an “education-first approach” that advises the group on Level 3 restrictions.
No one was arrested.
According to a police spokeswoman, daily national alert level compliance figures will be released the next day, so levels 3 violation figures are not available to date.
Police were conducting a “vision patrol” in Auckland this weekend to ensure that people adhered to the rules, she said.
A resident of Mount Roskill said she was very angry because she was trembling after reporting the touch rugby incident.
“I know people who are losing their business [because of lockdowns]..How do people misunderstand [level 3 rules]Or do people know but don’t care? “
No one wants to return to Level 4, according to public health expert Wilson, but Oakland may need to join Victoria and New South Wales instead.
Since the outbreak began, more than 1000 people (almost all in Auckland) have been infected with the virus and women in their 90s have died. Yesterday, 16 new community cases were announced, but 3 have not yet been linked to previously identified cases.
Police may need to strengthen enforcement rather than support education, Wilson said.
It was still quite possible that Auckland would control the development of the current delta variant. This was first detected almost 6 weeks ago and caused a level 4 snapdown. Oakland only appeared on Wednesday.
“But it is this blockade fatigue and the government’s own flaws that counteract this,” he said, citing lack of action on ventilation, rapid antigen testing, and masks in schools, factories, and offices.
He understood the temptation of the outdoors on a sunny day after a long blockade, but it’s a good idea to break the rules, especially to play contact sports, which are especially dangerous to send because people are breathing hard. There was no.
“If we really succeed in eliminating the spread in Auckland, people just have to obey the rules.”
Many of Auckland’s outdoor people yesterday were on the city’s beaches, including Mission Bay. There, Rob Quint, manager of Bald Eagle Diner, said the crowd was “busier” than the previous Level 3 weekend.
“I think the other Level 3 people were waiting for Level 2 because they only have a few days anyway, and after the longest Level 4 people were very excited to go out, I do. , I also want to be safe.
“There are a lot of people on the beach for picnics, swimming, paddling, etc. I could see people stroking other people’s dogs. Fewer people wear masks, so than on other days. worry.”
Mindmaters psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald was important to remember that most people follow Level 3 rules.
He encouraged people to take care of the enforcement and focus on “keeping your own side of the street clean.”
“Focus on doing the right thing yourself, rather than twisting the curtain too much and pointing your finger. If you get caught up in it, it only makes us miserable.”
The change from level 4 to level 3 seemed subtle, but it meant “suddenly seeing the world interact” because we were completely inside our bubble.
“It may be a bit of a shock, so some of those situations where people explain that people might have been wearing their distances and masks are accustomed to level 4 extreme blockades. So scary for us. “
Police will take care of really obvious rule violators, but McDonald’s said we could do a little by encouraging friends and family to “do the right thing.”
“It’s about saying,’Come on, we’re all trying here, and you know you’re not really supposed to do it,’ and of being called. That little shame is sometimes enough to stop many people. “”
Covid 19 Coronavirus Delta Outbreak: Rule-violating Oakland citizens were urged to comply with Level 3 restrictions
SourceCovid 19 Coronavirus Delta Outbreak: Rule-violating Oakland citizens were urged to comply with Level 3 restrictions