June 08, 2020
Prison quarantine worked to contain COVID
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says restrictions in prisons are easing as the country moves towards level 1.
Prison visits are resuming and volunteers are being let back in after weeks of lockdown.
He says the prisons did have one extra resident during the crisis.
"We had one woman come from overseas who refused to be tested at the border so the judge said to her 'until you agree to having a test, you go to prison,' so she was there for about 10 days and finally decided she would have a test so she could get out and she actually tested positive, but all the precautions Corrections took made sure nobody else actually contracted COVID," Mr Davis says..
Kelvin Davis says as Tourism Minister he can’t give any indications when the borders will reopen, but the Government will continue to support strategic tourism businesses, such as the $4m given last week to help Destination Waitomo weather the pandemic.
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