Police backtrack on northern checkpoints
Posted at 5:07pm Monday 15 Feb, 2021
Mangawhai residents were unable to travel north unless they were essential workers. Commerce ground to a halt in Mangawhai and Kaiwaka as the towns embraced level 3.
The covid-19 checkpoints north of Mangawhai and Kaiwaka will be removed at 6pm tonight.
Police have confirmed that checkpoints will be set up at the same five locations used in the last regional lockdown last August.
These are at the intersection of SH1 and Mangawhai Road, Mangawhai Road north of Coal Hill Road, Blackswamp Road west of Rako Road, the intersection of Mangawhai Road and Games Road, and the intersection of Mangawhai Road and Ryan Road.
Auckland remains at alert level three, but Kaiwaka and Mangawhai are at alert level two.
The location of the checkpoints north of the Auckland supercity border caused massive confusion in Mangawhai and Kaiwaka today.
Mangawhai Beach School closed this morning in the absence of information about whether it was in level three or level two.
Businesses in Kaiwaka and Mangawhai closed shop or adopted level three rules where possible, grinding commerce to a halt.
Residents of Mangawhai and Kaiwaka attempting to drive to work north of the checkpoints, were turned back unless they had travel exemption.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says 6861 travel exemptions have been issued since the current level three alert was announced, and a further 1208 are being assessed.