The Government of New Zealand has decided to move out of Alert Level 4 on Monday 27th April at 11:59 pm. The Alert Levels are determined by the Government and specify the public health and social measures to be taken in the fight against COVID-19.
Let us have a quick look at four alert levels and their risk assessments.
Key Information (Source: covid19.govt.nz)
From how schools will operate to what food outlets can open, here is everything you need to know about life in level 3.
Business can open their sites or premises if they can do so carefully and people are required to work from home unless that’s not a possibility. Businesses can deal if they do it without any physical contact with customers like via online/phone orders, delivery, drive through and contactless pick-up.
It is important to note that the businesses can’t give services that need close personal contact. However, there are some exceptions like some essential services, or if there is some emergency.
If you are the owner of the restaurant, you can open it, but no customers are allowed in the premises. The good news is that one can do delivery, drive-through or contactless pick up by the customers. It is important to note that customers can’t consume food or drink on the premises.
One is allowed to go to work for the preparation of Alert Level-3 to do limited activities. Notably, the businesses can only:
- Clean their premises;
- Clear, unpack and sort freight at their workplaces;
- Rearrange workplaces for when the workers return to sites at Alert Level 3.
These are allowed only if they are being done in the safe manner and as per public health guidance. This includes two-meter physical distancing and appropriate hygiene measures.
A limited number of workers are allowed to come to work to get ready for Alert Level 3. It was mentioned that government, police and regulators like WorkSafe would be working with businesses as well as communities in order to make sure that Level 3 requirements as well as guidance are being adhered to.
As per the release, supermarkets, petrol stations and dairies can allow customers, but this has to be done by involving similar restrictions as well as measures in place as Alert Level 4. If the workers did not require PPE before coronavirus, then there is no requirement for it now.
As we know, the best defense is handwashing (that too with soap and water), maintaining social distance, cleaning surfaces as well as making sure coughs and sneezes are covered. If there is no alternative, the customers can make payments in cash.
- Every person who is in the business of providing education needs to put measures in place in order to keep the children safe. This includes to have public health measures, small groups of students, frequent cleaning, as well as possibly staggered start and finish times.
- Children are required to stay at home only if there is someone who can take good care of them and if they could study while staying at home.
- Children with the age of 11-13 are required to stay at home. Home based early learning services can start, with up to four children, including educator’s own children in the home, but public health requirements are required to be met.
- Accommodation for students would remain open for the students who need it.
Travel and transport
The main aim of travel curbs is to lessen the spread of coronavirus in New Zealand by decreasing contact between people, as well as by stopping or limiting certain types of travel. This is the most efficient way to fight coronavirus and eventually save lives in the country. Citizens as well as residents of New Zealand (or NZ) are allowed to enter the country, however, there are some exceptions for some other people.
- With respect to public transport, following is important:
- Public transport will still be available;
- One can use it to travel to work or school but be aware there will be limited capacity.
Coming to the recreational activities, one can drive within their region (or local area if they live near a regional boundary). One is required to stick to the option which is closest to the home and stay safe.
- He/she can visit the beach or park in their region, or local area if near the regional boundary.
- Try to visit the one which is closest to the home. It is important to maintain a distance of 2 metres from others.
Gatherings are very risky and can spread COVID-19. People need to note that maximum of 10 people can gather for:
- Wedding ceremonies (not receptions)
- Funerals and tangihanga
Stay safe and well
Even at every alert level, individual should take precautions to stay safe and well. Safety measures such as physical distancing and regular hand washing are still being encouraged and advised by the government.
- Regularly disinfect surfaces
- Do not touch your face
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly and regularly
- Get tested for COVID-19, if you have flu like symptoms
- Stay home if you are sick
- Continue to seek primary medical care.