91 possible traffic light breaches in Canterbury-West Coast

Canterbury recorded the highest number of possible Covid-19 traffic light system breaches in New Zealand over the holiday period.

WorkSafe updated its data on the traffic light system recently, which found the Canterbury-West Coast region recorded 91 possible breaches between December 23, 2021, and January 13 this year.

Possible breaches might have included issues around face mask use, physical distancing rules, QR code compliance and vaccine pass requirements.

Nationally, two businesses - Christchurch vegetarian restaurant Lotus-Heart and Auckland gym Oliver MMA - have both been prosecuted for breaches.

The restaurant was fined $20,000 for multiple Covid-19 rule breaches, which included failing to properly display My Vaccine Pass signs.

The gym was fined $12,000 for knowingly allowing unvaccinated staff to work.

Canterbury-West Coast was followed by Bay of Plenty with 88 reports and Wellington with 61.

Thirty-seven possible breaches of the Covid-19 traffic light system were reported in Otago and Southland over the Christmas-New Year period.

WorkSafe found there were 19 possible breaches in Otago and 18 in Southland over the period. However, the workplace health and safety regulator confirmed yesterday that no infringement notices had been handed out in the two regions.

Canterbury and the West Coast also recorded the highest number of reported breaches in December with 156, followed by Central Auckland with 141 and Bay of Plenty with 135.

WorkSafe is expected to update the numbers again later this week.

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