What a Section 70 order is
To underscore the importance of individuals following the advice they have been given by the public health units or the national contact tracing team, a Section 70 of the Health Act 1956 can be issued.
A Section 70 order enables an authorised Medical Officer of Health to require those in the order to meet public health requirements to undergo testing and to isolate until they receive their result.
It also enables those affected to be visited immediately at homes or at work by Auckland public health officials.
Any time a person receives a direction from a medical officer of health they must comply with it.
Section 70 order issued on 5 March 2021
On Friday 5 March a Section 70 order was issued.
This applies to the following people:
- Any person who attended the City Fitness Gym at Hunters Plaza, at 217 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, in Auckland on 20 February 2021 between 11:15am and 1:45pm, or 26 February 2021 between 3:25pm and 4:30pm.
- Any other person who has already been contacted by Auckland Regional Public Health Service and advised they are a close plus, close or casual plus contact during this outbreak and who is still required to isolate and/or be tested, to continue to comply with the following instructions regarding isolation and testing they have been given by the relevant public health unit.
These people are required to do three things:
- to isolate at their usual home
- to report for and undergo medical testing for COVID-19 at a time and place to be specified by a medical officer of health, and
- except as required in order to undergo testing as directed, to remain isolated until they receive further direction from a medical officer of health.
Public health officials will also discuss with these people the support available to help them meet these requirements.