New Zealand will require all internationally arriving people - including returning Kiwis - to self-isolate for a fortnight as the country locks down to ward off the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the measure on Saturday after an emergency meeting of cabinet.
"We do not take these decisions lightly," she said.
"New Zealand will have the widest-ranging and toughest border restrictions of anyone in the world."
Ms Ardern said the measure applied to people, and not goods, though gave an exemption to people arriving from the Pacific - a region largely devoid of the virus.
The decisions will take effect as of midnight NZDT on Sunday.
NZ is hoping they can put a lid on cases and be free of the virus.With what's going on everywhere I can't see NZ lifting this restriction in their next review.
Yeah, I reckon op's will be scaled back, at best. For NZSki, that'll mean Coronet OR Remarks, not both.NZ Ski acknowledging this season may not happen or happen on a limited basis.
Also confirmed with my own authoritive sources within the company.
Any ones guess if Wayfare will follow suit with TC & Cardrona
Maybe they'll just have basic services - no cafes, no ski school, no rentals, no grooming etc... back to basics, locals only, could be a blast.Yeah, I reckon op's will be scaled back, at best. For NZSki, that'll mean Coronet OR Remarks, not both.
Cardies/TC similar I reckon. Shit timing for their first year running TC.
We have mandatory quarantine too now. Apparently 40,000 NZers have returned home in the last 2 and a half weeks, the PM said today there wasn’t enough hotel rooms in NZ to forcibly quarantine them all.Doesn't Australia has the same restrictions in place except tougher with detention in hotels?
You’re right about the tourism industry though, it’s on life support at the moment. One surprising stat to have come out recently though was that the amount of money Kiwis spend abroad, annually, is about NZ6 billion more than inbound tourists spend in NZ. So if (when) our tourism industry becomes totally domestic-oriented those businesses hopefully can make some sort of recovery.Fair call.
Far out they seem close to the edge. Never a good sign when the bank gets involved.Received this email today from Mt Ruapehu:
"Tēnā koutou katoa,
As New Zealand continues to adjust to life under the COVID-19 alert level 4 and as we head into week three of lockdown, we want to update you on what our teams have been working through and the potential impact this could have on our business.
We have been busy modelling the potential impact COVID-19 may have on the coming winter using various scenarios based on the government's Alert Levels. The worst-case scenario of not being able to open for winter would mean a loss, and an increase in debt for RAL that is unacceptably high for both us and our Bank. The current uncertainty around lockdown levels means that we are currently working on whether it is possible to commit to the pre-winter costs of contracting labour and preparing the mountain, to at least keep the option open of skiing when we can. This is a month by month judgement that we will make in tandem with our Bank.
With the current lockdown and uncertainty around the reduction in alert levels we have paused as much expenditure as is practical whilst keeping the business operating. Our team has made sacrifices themselves to set RAL up for success in the future; a number of our team are on discretionary leave, are working reduced hours from home and have on average taken a 40% reduction in pay as we navigate through this period of uncertainty.
We have also been able to apply for, and have been granted, the wage subsidy. This has allowed us to keep all our current staff engaged with the business during this lockdown period.
One thing that is certain, if we do manage to open for winter 2020, our operations will be significantly different to what our guests have experienced in the past. This lockdown period puts us behind in our scheduled maintenance and, with the closure of borders and some of the skill sets we were going to engage from overseas, it is likely that not all facilities will be operational for winter 2020.
We have made the decision to defer our AGM until later this year with an update to be provided once we have certainty around a date.
We want to thank you all for your patience. We acknowledge that this is a difficult and uncertain time for our employees and all those in our region exposed to our uncertain outlook. When we have relevant new information, we will update as soon as we are able.
Stay safe and take care!
Nāku iti noa, nā
Murray Gribben & the RAL Board of Directors"
I hear you, it has to be incredibly tough. Good vibes to all the people down there. The international tourism market is dead and unlikely to fully recover for years. The domestic market will probably boom. Queenstown and Wanaka are going to have to rethink their economies and how they survive and thrive into the future. It's going to be very different. Many people might welcome that, locals included.I agree.
More important things to worry about right now
Skiing is way down the list
Will not happen, we've worked hard to get this far so we're not going to Fvck this up nowDepending on the success of containment efforts in both Aus and NZ over the next 2 months, I think that the idea of a "Trans-Tasman bubble" has some merit: https://www.traveller.com.au/travel...ions-between-australia-and-new-zealand-h1ndf2