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Alert Level 3 (take 2) - What does this mean to you?

August 12, 2020

If you are in the Greater Auckland area, then we are back to Alert Level 3

As per the message sent out last night, the Chester Grey Office is closed under Alert Level 3 and the team are back to working from home.We are always available by email and our DDi’s have again been redirected to our mobiles so we are there to help with any questions and concerns you might have about how this change to Alert Levels will impact your business.

A reminder that 1 September is the final date to apply for the extension to the Wage Subsidy – have a look at the Work & Income page Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Extension and please contact us to discuss your options if your business has been affected by the Level 3 restrictions.

The Golden Rules for life at Alert Level 3

  • Stay home. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials then you must be at home.
  • Work and learn from home if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At-risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so. Early learning centers and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 for families that need them.
  • Make your business COVID-19 safe. COVID-19 has spread in workplaces, so the quid pro quo of being able to open is doing it in a way that doesn’t spread the virus.
  • Stay regional. You can exercise at parks or beaches within Greater Auckland, but the closer to home the better. Activities must be safe – keep 2 meters away from anybody not in your bubble. Make minimal trips.
  • Keep your bubble as small as possible. If you need to, you can expand your bubble a small amount to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers.
  • Wash your hands often with soap. Then dry them. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Face coverings. It is highly recommended that you wear a face covering if you are out and about.
  • If you are sick, stay at home and quickly seek advice from your GP or Healthline about getting a test. There is no stigma to COVID-19. We will only be successful if everyone is willing to play their part in finding it wherever it is.

The Golden Rules for businesses at Alert Level 3

  • If your business requires close physical contact it can’t operate.
  • Your staff should work from home if they can.
  • Customers cannot come onto your premises. Unless you are a supermarket, dairy, petrol station, pharmacy or permitted health service.
  • Your business must be contactless. Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up must also be contactless.
  • Basic hygiene measures must be maintained. Physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces. Workers must stay home if they are sick.
  • If you used PPE in your business before COVID-19, then keep using it in the same way. If you didn’t use PPE in your business before COVID-19, you don’t need it now. This is advice for retailers, manufacturers and the service industries. Different advice applies to essential healthcare workers, border agencies, courts and tribunal staff, first responders and corrections staff.
  • You must meet all other health and safety obligations.
  • Workplaces that remain open must operate safely – keeping one meter between workers, recording who is working together, limiting interaction between groups of workers, disinfecting surfaces, and maintaining high hygiene standards
  • Retail and hospitality businesses can only open for delivery and contactless pre-ordered pick up – customers cannot enter stores
  • Supermarkets, dairies and petrol stations can continue to allow customers into their stores, with the same restrictions and measures in place as Alert Level 4
  • Businesses cannot offer services which involve face-to-face contact or sustained close contact (e.g. hairdressing, massage, house cleaning, or door-to-door salespeople)
  • Other in home services can be delivered if it is safe to do so (like tradespeople for repairs or installations) – keep two meter separation from those in the house

For more details go to Covid-19.govt.nz – Alert Level 3

If you are outside Greater Auckland area then you are at Alert Level 2

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still go to work and school, but you must:

  • keep your distance from other people in public
  • wash your hands
  • sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen
  • wear a face covering if you can.

People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

The government will continue to:

  • keep tight controls in place at our borders
  • test for COVID-19
  • find and self-isolate anyone who is unwell, as well as their close contacts.

Businesses can open to the public if they are following public health guidance, which include physical distancing and record keeping.

At Alert Level 2, you can leave home, but you must follow public health measures and consider others around you.Keep your distance when out and about:

  • 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops.
  • 1 metre in most other environments like workplaces, cafes, restaurants, and gyms.

At Alert Levels 2 the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher. You should wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport or in shops.

If you're unwell

  • Stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

For more details go to Covid-19.govt.nz – Alert Level 2