NZ Plant Producers Incorporated supports the national COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, it's our best bet to beat the virus. We're working with plant producers and related business to help them be well placed to support it too.
Our priority is keeping plant businesses, and their staff and families, healthy and safe and we're monitoring advice from the Government regarding the evolving COVID-19 situation.
27 March 2020
All plant producers and garden retailers MUST CLOSE throughout the Level 4 Alert.
However, there are some authorised activities nursery industry businesses can do. To undertake these, you must:
- Register for Safe Practice with the Ministry for Primary Industries which requires information on your plan to protect workers and stop any spread of COVID-19.
- and restrict all on-site activities to the bare minimum crucial for immediate plant survival.
MPI has advised that ‘Nurseries will be able to carry out maintenance on capital stock and plants to keep them alive. They will not be able to open for business as usual’.
This authorisation includes tasks critical for plant survival, such as watering, pest control, disease control, temperature and humidity control, using the minimum number of people necessary. Think of it as a skeleton crew doing the bare minimum for plant survival in the weeks ahead.
It does not include activities such as propagation, potting, pruning, administration, etc.
Food sector suppliers:
In addition, nurseries producing plants for food or beverages (including grape vines and orchard trees & vegetable seedlings) are defined as Support Services and can undertake some additional activities depending on their customer's needs.
They can continue to supply their food growing clients with goods and services essential during the Level 4 Alert or vital to the client’s ongoing operation, eg, would cause significant disruption in the weeks after the Level 4 Alert if not provided now.
Learn more about your role as a Support Service at MPI’s website here.