As we head into summer, we are all facing an uncertain time due to Delta strain and the fast-paced responses from Government. Ministry of Health modelling has made it clear that Delta cases will continue to rise and are likely to spread into new parts of the country. As restrictions ease off in some regions, others may see the introduction of new restrictions.
The traffic light system and vaccination certificates will not be introduced until the 90% full vaccination rate is reached across New Zealand so until then restrictions are based on the various Alert Levels.
Below is information on what we know to date and some resources to help you through the coming weeks.
Alert Level 3, Step 2
COVID-19 restrictions were eased slightly in Waikato from Tuesday night and Auckland will follow suit on Tuesday 9 November at 11:59pm with the move to Alert Level 3 Step 2.
This will mean outdoor gatherings can increase to 25 and retail can open with mask-wearing, contact tracing and physical distancing.
It is important that plant production workers in Waikato and Auckland continue to operate within the approved NZPPI Level 3 protocols:
- Scanning into the COVID-19 tracing app
- Wash and disinfecting hands
- Maintaining ‘work bubbles’ with people who work together
- 2m social distancing at all times
- Face Masks if social distancing is not possible
- Contactless delivery and collection
- Staggered breaks
Travel letters must still be carried when travelling outside Level 3 regions and people crossing the border still need to be tested: go to www.covid19salivatesting.co.nz for a full list of testing sites. If you are having problems with border exemptions, please get in touch with us.
The role of DHBs
The Covid response in the regions is being led by DHBs. NZPPI is working with industry organisations and with each DHB in our key regions to ensure that our industry gets the support it needs to manage the possible spread of Delta. Contact us directly if you want advice or assistance on a particular issue.
Workplace policy and vaccinations
There is planned legislation outlining workplace vaccination requirements due in the next few weeks. Some major primary sector organisations are providing input into this process.
In the meantime, we have developed a fact sheet with resources and advice on employer rights and responsibilities around vaccinations and staff health and safety.
How to manage a workplace Covid outbreak
We have also pulled together official advice and resources to manage a potential or confirmed case of Covid at your workplace. Please refer to this fact sheet before you need to, so you are ready just in case.
And remember, we are here
We are continuing to work with the Government and our members hour by hour to advocate for you during the COVID-19 crisis. Please get in touch if you have questions or if you would like further information.
Matt - 027 622 9255
NZPPI website - www.nzppi.co.nz
Read more about Covid-19 alert levels here: https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/
For up to date advice from the Ministry of Health go to: https://covid19.govt.nz or phone 0800 358 5453
New Zealand Ministry of Health: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dieases-and-conditions/covida-novel-coronavirus
Information and maps for the border https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/travelling-across-alert-level-boundaries/alert-level-boundary-map/..
New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre: https://www.nzfssrc.org.nz/node/154
Employment New Zealand: https://www.employment.govt.nz/about/news-and-updates/workplace-response-coronavirus-covid-19/