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Moving to Alert Level 2 – From Thursday 14 May


New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 in a staggered approach from Thursday 14 May and we’re sure that many of you will join us in our excitement on this news. Restrictions will ease, but we still need to ensure the fundamentals are in place and maintained. 

What this means:
  • Hygiene – Wash your hands, sneeze into your elbow.
  • Inductions – Ensure anyone new to the workplace is aware of the safety protocols.
  • Health checks – Ask the questions to make sure everyone is feeling well before they start work.
  • Contact tracing – Use the QR code and HazardCo app to record people movements.
  • Physical distance – 1 metre in controlled environments. 2 meters in uncontrolled environments.

These are all the fundamentals we’ve been learning and practicing over the last couple of weeks, and the only big change is around ‘physical distance’. 

If the environment is controlled a 1 metre distance can be in place. If it’s an uncontrolled environment, you should remain a 2 metre distance from others. 

What’s a controlled environment?
  • Hand sanitising/cleaning is required.
  • Frequent cleaning – including between different groups in an area.
  • Physical distance is managed.
  • Groups are contained and not mixing.
  • Health check questions are asked.
  • Contact tracing – including keeping a record (name, phone and physical address) of people.

If none of the above is in the place, you should always keep a 2 metre distance from others. An uncontrolled environment includes public places.

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