Exercise facilities fully prepared for New Zealand’s red alert COVID setting

By on January 23, 2022 0

With the Omicron variant having crossed New Zealand’s borders and beginning to spread into the community, the country’s exercise facilities are primed and ready to operate from 11:59 p.m. tonight in the new Omicron COVID Red Frame,

Bracing for a large number of Omicron infections per day, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today announced that the whole country will be placed on the highest level of restrictions, advising that Omicron is now circulating in the community and that the government and health authorities will “do everything we can to slow the spread”.

With Prime Minister Ardern announcing the postponement of her own upcoming wedding, she said the country would try to slow the spread of Omicron, but thousands of cases were expected a day in the coming weeks – figures that New Zealand had not experienced before.

She explained: “I know hearing these kinds of case numbers will sound deeply concerning to people.

“We will do everything we can to slow the spread and reduce the number of cases we encounter as a nation.”

As exercise facilities across the country prepare to operate under the red frame, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie said: “Auckland has already done this and the rest of the gyms in Aotearoa have received detailed advice from us since December last year.

“Our main concern for the future is that the government stays the course on this and does not give in to the emotional fear of the small number of high-level but non-scientific epidemiologists who want to lock us down and put in place new restrictions. .

“We implore Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to engage with us if they plan new protocols for the exercise industry because we can help. But we think the balance is right at red.

“ExerciseNZ has been a global leader since the pandemic hit, playing a major role in helping countries establish protocols and frameworks for exercise facilities in a covid environment.”


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