Pak’n’Save customers arrested for not wearing a face mask

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Police responded to an incident at Pak’n’Save Kaitaia about 12.30pm on Thursday 19 August and arrested two customers for refusing to wear a face mask. They are said by police to have acted in a disorderly manner toward supermarket staff and other members of the public.

In addition, a 44-year-old man and 23-year-old woman were arrested for disorderly behaviour and breaching the Public Health Response Act. The woman was also reportedly behaving in a threatening manner.

Officers in Christchurch also arrested three people today, allegedly involved in an anti-lockdown protest. Police say a group of 10 people met on the Bridge of Remembrance on Cashel Street about 1pm.

Two men, aged 46 and 50, and a woman, aged 56, have been charged with failing to comply with a direction/prohibition/restriction and are expected to appear in Christchurch District Court Friday 20 August. The protest follows a similar gathering on Wednesday at the same location.

“Police will remain out and about conducting compliance checks and reassurance patrols,” says Police Commissioner Andrew Coster in a written statement to media.

Since Alert Level 4 came into place, 17 people have been charged with a total of 20 offences nationwide.

Of the 20 charges filed, 11 are for Failing to Comply with Order (COVID-19), 7 for Failure to Comply with Direction/Prohibition/Restriction and 2 for Health Act Breaches as at 21 August

In the same time period, 53 formal warnings were issued (to 53 people).

13 of the formal warnings were for Failing to Comply with Order (COVID-19), 16 for Failure to Comply with Direction/Prohibition/Restriction and 24 for Health Act Breaches.

Police have received a total of 3,318 – 105 online breach notifications. 

1776 were about a gathering, 1259 were about a business, and 283 were about a person.

In addition to the 105 online breach reports, a total of 2,663 Covid-19 related calls were made to the 105-phone line. 

The majority (72%) of calls were requests for information, and 28 percent were to report perceived Covid-19 breaches.

From 19 August 2021, Police began issuing infringements for COVID-19 related breaches.

As at 5:00pm on 20 August 2021, Police have issued 70 infringements nationwide. 

The breakdown of these offences is as follows:

• Obstruct/Hinder Medical Officer of Health or Person Assisting Med Officer – 4
• Person failed to remain at current home / residence – 61
• Person failed to comply with applicable physical distancing rule – 4
• Person failed to wear a face covering – 5

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