The Safewise Team has keeps working to support health and safety in these very unusual times. Over the last couple of months we have been creating policies, plans and documents to help businesses return to work at Level 3 and level 2, for those of us who are able to do so. We have decided to make these documents available to anyone, free of charge. Hopefully, you will find them useful. Please feel free to modify them for your own use.
As you will know by now there has been community transmission of Covid-19 in Auckland which has triggered the government to take swift action to raise the alert levels from midday today and are expected to lift midnight Friday 14th August 2020.
This means that Auckland region (Wellsford in the north to Pukekohe in the south) will enter an alert level 3, what does this mean for businesses and workers?
1. If you are an essential service, it is business per usual. If you can work from home, you are encouraged to do so.
2. Essential services include healthcare, justice services and businesses providing necessities can be open.
3. Businesses can open but should not physically interact with customers.
4. Bars and restaurants should close, but takeaways are allowed.
5. Schools in Auckland can safely open but will have to limit capacity. Where possible student are encouraged to learn from home.
6. Gatherings of up to 10 people can continue, but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga. Physical distancing and public health measures should be maintained.
7. Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres outside your home, including on public transport.
8. It is highly recommended that you wear a mask if you are out and about.
9. Public transport can continue to operate with strict health and safety requirements. You should maintain physical distancing and wearing a mask.
10. Public venues should close. This includes libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds and markets.
The rest of New Zealand will enter an alert level 2, what does this mean for businesses and workers?
1. 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 and wear a mask if you can.
2. Gathering sizes are limited to 100 people and no more, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.
3. Keep your distance when out and about, 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops. Keep 1 metre in most other environments like workplaces, cafes, restaurants, and gyms.
4. Keep contact tracing records of anyone who will have close interaction for example workers, contractors, or customers. Retail businesses are not required to keep contact tracing records.
5. Maintain a high standard of hygiene practises, including disinfecting surfaces area.
Attached is the return to work at level 2 and level 3 booklets for more information and forms you can use. Check the covid19.govt.nz for updates.
If you have workers who are presenting flu like symptoms encourage them to stay home and get tested for Covid-19. They must wait until they present a negative test result before returning to work. We all have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of ourselves and others.
Remember we have been here before, so this is becoming our new normal, let’s not get complacent with our health and safety practises.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Safewise office on (07) 850 4387 we are here to help.
You might also find the links helpful. They will take you to the Government websites, so you know the information is real and current.
We have available now documentation for Level 2. Watch this space for more resources!
Please feel free to contact us if you need more support.