Covid-19: Women arrested in Blenheim after traveling from Auckland

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Two women who traveled from Auckland to the South Island were arrested in Blenheim and charged with failing to comply with a health ordinance.

Blenheim District Court
Photo: RNZ

The couple, 48 and 49, are scheduled to appear in Blenheim District Court today.

Both have been tested for Covid-19 and results are awaited.

Police and the Department of Health are investigating how they were able to leave Auckland.

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Police personnel who interacted with the women wore full PPE.

Six officers were initially dismissed from their posts as a precaution, but have since been told by public health officials that they were not required to self-isolate.

Anyone crossing the border outside a level 3 alert zone is required to have a formal travel exemption and a negative Covid-19 test.

Auckland is at level 3 (stage 1) and Northland and parts of Waikato remain at level 3 at least until Monday, as cases continue to spread in the community. The rest of the country is at level 2.

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