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‘Smooth’ transition to red status

TAIRĀWHITI police have encountered no issues so far in the transition from Alert Level 2 to the new traffic light system regime.

Gisborne and the East Coast being in the red zone means 100-person gathering limits indoors and outdoors and the use of vaccination passes to enter many retail outlets and all hospitality venues.

Police have taken an “educational” approach to the new system as they did when lockdowns were put in place.

“We've been checking on the patron numbers at hospitality venues and the proprietors have been sticking to the new rules,” area police commander Inspector Sam Aberahama said.

“We've had no incidents so far where people have been refused entry to licensed premises for example because they could not produce a vaccination pass. It's been about visibility from our point of view and being reassuring.

“It's been a really smooth transition.

Tairāwhiti police have set up their own Covid information line. That's to help our staff ensure they have the correct requirements when they are out and about connecting with businesses and the public.

“We're all learning as we go with the new traffic light system. That's police, business operators and the general public,” Insp Aberahama said. “So far so good, and we have noticed that a lot more people are wearing masks when they're moving about, which is good to see.”