COVID-19: Jet Park quarantine hotel evacuated due to fire alarm

Shown here; the Jet Park Hotel's last evacuation which was on July 2.
Shown here; the Jet Park Hotel's last evacuation which was on July 2. Photo credit: File Image

The Jet Park Hotel, which quarantines all of New Zealand's COVID-19 cases, was evacuated on Saturday due to a fire alarm

The evacuation happened at 11:14am and Fire and Emergency sent two crews to the hotel. The incident turned out to be a false alarm.

At the 1pm press conference Health Minister Chris Hipkins didn't have any information about the evacuation but said there was a plan for how to deal with the guests if an alarm goes off.

But speculation has arised on Twitter over whether the evacuation of guests at the hotel was managed correctly.

TVNZ reporter Anna Burns-Francis tweeted: "There's a fire alarm at Jet Park and those in quarantine are spaced apart, but mixed (negatives and possible positives) outside. Don't expect any footage though - they're being told to delete photos and videos by police and quarantine staff."

It's not the first time the Jet Park Hotel has experienced an evacuation, with a steam cleaner setting off the fire alarm on July 2.

On Thursday Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced that all cases of COVID-19, whether they were from community transmission or the border, would be quarantined at the Jet Park Hotel.