April 06, 2020
Rules ignored in Kaitaia supermarket hugs
Labour’s deputy leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says while his home town was embarrassed by people flouting the level four COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, it was a lesson in how people need to listen to the instructions.
A TV crew went to Kaitaia last week to film people boasting about breaking the rules to party, and Police Commissioner Mike Bush said more police would be sent to the far north to enforce the restrictions.
Mr Davis says it was not helped by local GP Lance O’Sullivan posting a video of the main street on benefit day when the banks were open for three hours, but there was a grain of truth to it.
"The fact is there are people getting out at the supermarket, going in and kissing and hugging long lost whanaunga, and just totally not following the rules. Now they're the people that will end up transmitting this virus among their own whānau, among their own communities, throughout their hapū, and risk the health and well being of Māori communities," he says.
Mr Davis says people need to look at the official advice on the Ministry of Health website and not get upset by sharing the wrong information they find on Facebook.
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