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Visiting the Sanctuary under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System).

COVID-19 Policy – updated 31 March 2022

Following the latest government announcements made 23 March 2022 which included changes to the COVID-19 traffic light settings which included lifting crowd numbers at events, removing the need for QR code scanning, for updating the covid phone app. and removing the need for vaccine entry pass in most situations.

Effective from 5 April 2022 Sanctuary visitors, volunteers and staff will NO-LONGER required to present COVID-19 Vaccination Passes prior to entry into the Sanctuary.

The requirement to wear a mask while inside the Visitor Centre, and for signing the Health & Safety Intentions Sheet both into and out of the Sanctuary will remain in place.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary Trust sets high standards based on the latest research and the protection of native species and we reflect these standards in the protection of our people, and of our visitors.

You will be able to visit the Sanctuary knowing it is a safe space for you and your whānau to experience and enjoy.


Why do we have to get a vaccine?

Getting vaccinated means that you are far less likely to get really sick and have to go to hospital if you catch COVID-19. You are also less likely to pass COVID-19 on to other people.

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Can I enter the Sanctuary if I am awaiting a COVID test result?

No, you cannot visit/enter the Sanctuary whilst awaiting a test result. Under health regulations, you’re required to be self-isolating until you receive a negative test result.

Do I still need to wear a mask?

Masks will be required in the Visitor Centre under red or orange restrictions. Masks are optional once outside in the Sanctuary itself, but are recommended where social distancing is tricky.



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