Auckland commuters must show negative COVID test

Checkpoints have already been set up

Auckland commuters must show negative COVID test

Workers travelling in and out of Auckland will now be asked to present a negative COVID-19 result at checkpoints, according to the police.

"All permitted workers planning to travel through any of our Tāmaki Makaurau checkpoints should expect to be stopped by Police and asked to provide evidence of having had a COVID-19 test in the past seven days. If they fail to produce this, they will be turned around," said Superintendent Shanan Gray, Tamaki Makaurau deployment manager.

Accepted proofs include text messages, paper confirmation, or electronic or paper copy of a medical certificate. Gray added that freight vehicle drivers are also covered by the requirement, with the police making proper adjustments in the freight lanes to ensure minimal disruption to traffic.

Read more: Auckland lockdown: Is your job safe?

"We urge motorists travelling through these checkpoints to be prepared with all the necessary evidence required to ensure the checkpoints continue to run smoothly," said the officer.

According to Gray, compliance has been "fantastic" so far, with less than one percent of drivers rejected at the checkpoints due to lack of necessary reasons. Auckland will remain on Alert Level 4 until next week to further stamp out the spread of COVID-19 there. The rest of the country is placed on level 2.

Groups have been protesting over Auckland's restriction level, citing its damages to businesses. However, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern previously defended the move saying she did not want previous sacrifices to go to waste by rushing to Alert Level 3.

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