Incident at Managed isolation facility 7 August

Published: 10 August 2020

Around 12:20 pm on 7 August a member of the public breached security by allegedly forcing their way through the outer 1.8 m fencing at an Auckland managed isolation facility and having brief contact with a returnee who was in the exercise area of the facility.

Police on site witnessed the incident and took immediate action to intervene, however the member of the public fled the scene in a vehicle. Police have advised that the member of the public was arrested Saturday morning and taken into custody charged with failing to comply with a Covid-19 order and unlawfully being in an enclosed area.

The returnee involved tested negative at their day three test and Health officials have determined the contact to be low risk. However the member of the public who was arrested was being isolated as a precaution while the returnee’s second test results were awaited. This second test result was negative.

The security measures in place meant this incident was detected by Police straight away, with officers commencing an immediate investigation.

The actions of those involved in this incident are incredibly irresponsible, and while Health officials have advised the public health risk is low, the fact someone has chosen to put themselves and therefore others at potential risk in this way is extremely disappointing. There is absolutely no room for complacency for those inside or outside of our managed isolation and quarantine facilities while COVID-19 remains contained at our border, and we urge every person in managed isolation to play their part in protecting New Zealand.

As with any breach of security an assessment of the incident is underway and we will consider whether any additional measures are required.

Last updated: 10 August 2020