Covid-19: Dannevirke court sitting delayed due to coronavirus scare

David Unwin/StuffThe Dannevirke courthouse is not running as it should on Friday due to a Covid-19 scare in the town.The Dannevirke courthouse has not opened for its usual sitting on Friday due to a Covid-19 scare in the town. The courthouse was locked since 8.40am, with people due to appear and lawyers not already in the building forced to wait outside. Many of the people waiting were not wearing masks or keeping physically distanced from each other. Courthouse staff, police, media and lawyers inside the building, who waited in limbo since 8.30am, were told at 10.15am court would not sit before noon. Staff later said they would start having people appear from noon. READ MORE:* Covid-19 NZ: What the end of the pandemic looks like* Covid-19: Māori leaders brace for impact as Government continues to ignore vaccine priority call* Taika Waititi and Maia Wilson answer last-minute calls to join the Vaxathon The court was already operating under alert level 2 protocols, with the number of people in the public gallery limited, but reduced that further on Friday once court started. Only five defendants were allowed in the courthouse at any time, with a “one in, one out” system run by security. Stuff understands there are fears someone from Waikato travelled to Dannevirke and attended a party many people due to appear in the Dannevirke District Court on Friday were at. Do you know more? Email [email protected] A MidCentral District Health Board spokesman said it was a matter for the Ministry of Health to comment on. A Ministry of Health spokesman said any questions were for court or police staff. A police spokeswoman said they were aware of the incident but did not have any more details. She referred queries to the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry of Justice has been contacted for comment.

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