Late last week the New Zealand government announced new mask rules.
Masks are now compulsory for staff and customers at supermarkets, petrol stations, dairies and pharmacies which are open at level 4.
New Zealand Police said while they would be encouraging and educating people on their obligations under level four and the use of masks. However, they are able to issue a $300 fine for people that do break the rule.
The move is to ensure that the Delta variant of Covid-19 does move easily from person to person. The Delta variant is more dangerous as it is able to stay in the air longer – making it more contagious.
Supermarket owners of the Pak’nSave and New World brands now have a ‘no mask, no entry’ policy. Their supermarkets would use a mixture of staff and security guards to monitor whether shoppers were playing by the rules.