My experience to date has been that most people are trying to stay informed and compliant with isolation requirements.

I have observed folk going for walks around their neighbourhood keeping sensible distances from each other and working with the requirements of essential services like supermarkets to limit numbers at any one time on the premises.

My husband and I have spent much of our time making contact with others via phone email and social media to ensure they are safe and well supported.

The police and other essential agencies seem to be visible and reaching out to people with concerns. The real test of our community resilience will be when the novelty wears off and doing the right thing becomes frustrating.

I want to add my thanks to staff in our supermarkets, chemist shops and other health services who are working in difficult circumstances and under pressure.

When we visit their premises we need to be extremely careful about our distance from them and an attitude of gratefulness towards them for all they are doing.

Covid-19 is transmitted like the flu. The Ministry of Health recommends that all New Zealanders wash their hands frequently and refrain from touching their face in order to protect themselves and others. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been to any countries or territories of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with Covid-19.