Public health experts highlighted that in the prior four months we have had one border failure every two weeks. As masks help keep our team of 5 million safe from community transmissions of COVID-19, from Thursday 19 November the Government mandated that face coverings be worn:
on all public transport to, from and through Auckland
on domestic flights throughout New Zealand
by Auckland taxi and ride-share drivers (while it's not compulsory for passengers to wear them, they are strongly encouraged to)
This is why the Methodist Church recommends everyone attending Auckland
church services and events should wear a face mask.
The Government is seeking to reduce the chance of potential COVID-19 carriers in the city with the most isolation/quarantine facilities and the most front line workers, from spreading the virus via their droplets in public places, such as multi-person transport areas.
To continue our usual activities, with an increased response in our Auckland churches where certain activities including singing and group prayer, create greater potential for COVID-19 to spread via droplets.
To ensure that everyone stays safe particularly over the Christmas period when there is increased travelling and mingling.
To prepare people for further possible Government mandates regarding wearing face masks.
Parishes within Auckland should be looking at how to minimise the potential spread of COVID at their services. Face masks are one of the best options, but may not suit everyone. The solutions need to fit the parish members!
Parishes outside of Auckland should start having face mask conversations now.