The Health Minister says new guidelines for wearing masks are about being prepared - not causing alarm.
Kiwis are being encouraged to have a mask for every member of their household, and to wear them in public if there's a move to alert level two.
Chris Hipkins says masks are an extra line of defence to avoid community transmission.
And he's utterly rejecting the Opposition's suggestion the Government is scaremongering over COVID-19.
TVNZ Sunday Journalist Mark Crysell joins The Panel on The Weekend Collective to discuss this, along with the big issues making news headlines this week.