It looks like a family-friendly policy but border curbs have been eased because favours for film folk set a double standard

Information on the Immigration Department website seems to spell out a rigid line on the opening of our borders, which would raises the risk of importing Covid-19.  It says:

The starting point for consideration is that the New Zealand border is closed for all but critical travel, and that protecting public health in New Zealand is paramount.

The critical word – of course – is “critical”.

This word is used also in advice on the Ministry of Health website:

Under Alert Level 1, people in New Zealand are able to travel and mix more freely, and any new COVID-19 cases would be able to spread more quickly.

It’s critical that we keep it out at the border, where there is the greatest risk of COVID-19 coming into the country.

People entering New Zealand must stay in managed isolation or quarantine for at least 14 days and test negative for COVID-19 before they can go into the community.

Some people may apply for an exemption from managed isolation in exceptional circumstances, or for a brief period of leave for compassionate reasons. Continue reading “It looks like a family-friendly policy but border curbs have been eased because favours for film folk set a double standard”