Following the announcement of 29 new Covid 19 cases in the community on Thursday, including five in Waikato – Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed that the decision has been made based on health advice to extend the boundary of the Level 3 border in Waikato.

The current boundary will be extended south from Thursday, October 7th at 11.59pm. The extended boundary will cover Waitomo, including Ōtorohanga.

Hipkins said, “That means the boundary will follow the coast south to Mokau, and then east along the northern Pureora Forest Park, then north to include Te Awamutu, Karapiro, and Cambridge, where it will meet the existing boundary.”

The minister noted that the affected areas will enter the conventional Alert Level 3, not the updated Level 3 restrictions that the Auckland region is currently experiencing.

An updated border map will be posted on the Unite Against Covid 19 Website by 11.59pm on October 7th

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